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5.9 - The Forbidden Time

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/18/15 10:24 am
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Everyone on Earth has received notice that they're entering a time controlled by aliens who expect to be paid a toll. The First/Second Doctor's companion Polly goes to a meeting of some people, some of whom know something about the Doctor and explains what's going on as she tells a tale about the Doctor, Jamie, Ben, and herself encountering aliens who naturally moved through time.

Unlike other Companion Chronicles, the story ends up allowing both Polly and Jamie (Frasier Hines) to narrate through the device of Jamie having been given a tape recorder. The whole plot is high concept stuff and when you get to the end it's also fairly clever. Where the story suffers, though is a weak first half that's pretty much the Doctor and companions running around and a very weak framing story that features one of the weakest "cliffhangers" in Doctor Who history, which is just Polly suggesting every take a break before she finishes the story. That plus the way the framing story ends is just a little silly as it makes this meeting seem pointless. Though, in Forbidden Time's defense, most meetings are.
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Reviewed By: jolyonReview Date: 5/21/12 6:55 pm
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A lovely reading, with a great central concept. For once, the story that bookends the adventure seems a bit annoying, and I'm not a big fan of the dictaphone business. All a bit shoe-horned in. But the reading and the soundscape is fantastic and the atmosphere is beautifully grim and downbeat. The Vist are a good idea, so it's a shame the narrative around the central story lets this one down.
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Reviewed By: SLRibsReview Date: 9/17/11 1:21 am
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This may be my favorite TARDIS team. I can't really decide, but I really think this is the time period where the 3-person TARDIS worked best and everyone had a clear role. That said, this is a very good, solid tale that is very sci-fi and Anneke Wills is great, as is Frazer Hines (although that doesn't really need to be said). Bring on 'The Selachian Gambit', I'm dying for more S4 Troughton! 9/10