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2.4 - Crime of the Century

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 1/10/16 8:06 pm
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I can't really see this as a good comparison with the TV series of the McCoy era. The Music sounds nothing like it did in the late eighties; now couple that with the lack of pace makes this feel a very drained and lacking imitation of seasons 24-26. The acting is fine but Raine feels derivative and reminds me of River Song, but the real problem lies in the writing, this really needed to be shorter or have more plot. Thin Ice was quite similar but sort of saved the day by having more humour and making a bit more of an effort to be interesting.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/19/15 11:55 am
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Crime of the Century introduces Raine as a companion of the Seventh Doctor. The first scene she's in is absolutely brilliant safe cracking scene which leads into a solid first epiosde. Raine is an interesting character.

The rest of the story doesn't quite live up to this strong beginning and seems to struggle to have any focus at all. There's a war, and there's a sword to deliver to a prince, ,there's alien warrior bugs, and there's a weapon behind some robot guards in a safe. Indeed, the referenced "Crime of the Century" is a throw away line by Marcus Creevy about a stock market crash that is mentioned in episode one and explained towards the middle of episode four.

However, despite the helter skelter nature of the script, the story is quite enjoyable. The cast is very strong with great chemistry. The Metatraxi are a well-realized and fun alien species, helped by the Doctor's assistance with their translating devices. John Banks turns in a good performance. While the plot could have been more coherent, this story features enough quirky fun to make for an entertaining couple of hours.

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 4/30/15 6:53 pm
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The Crime of the Century was originally planned to be the third story of Season 27 and was only scripted to the point of the opening scene introducing Raine and that the Metatraxi would be the villains returning from Earth Aid. This allows Andrew Cartmel to flesh out an interesting story which he did. The story can really speak to today's age with its war torn landscapes and the Metatraxi, for me at least seem to be a commentary on the people who support terrorism inadvertently. Also the first episode alone is one of those perfect episodes with much humor and all of the time dedicated to setting up the Doctor and Raine's relationship. The same happened with Part Four shifting to a wrap up of the human characters. Beth Chalmers was great as Raine and I can't wait to hear more from her, especially with the antagonistic relationship between her and Ace. There were a few problems mainly that it felt like Parts Two and Three were originally meant to be just Part Two and Part Four would have been more fleshed out. Also the gags with the Metatraxi translators really only work the first two times they are used.
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Reviewed By: Crystal LogicReview Date: 8/5/12 9:59 pm
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Loved it. The story is all over the place and has this crazy everything-but-the-kitchen-sink feel to it, but in this case at least I think it actually works, because it doesn't dwell on any one facet for very long. The introduction of Rain is just about the coolest thing I've ever heard in Doctor Who, and I'm not exaggerating at all. Yeah, this story features the best opening of just about anything, and if you're not hooked in from the outset, I just don't know what's wrong with you.

This story really highlights Cartmel's greatest strength: His ability to make you care about incidental characters who may only appear for a short time and yet have so much invested in even the simplest lines that you really feel that they are real people with real concerns and emotions. It's really striking to me that he can do this without veering much into melodrama or tasteless soap-opera-like antics. Maybe he should write for new TV Who! IN this case, the prince is one of the best secondary characters created in this range, and his sudden and tragic death affected me more than most. I really liked him and wanted to see him succeed in his struggle to obtain a better lot for his people, and I suspect this was the idea. The grave silence of everyone else after they learn of his passing speaks so much more than words ever could.