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148. Rat Trap

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 3/7/15 11:36 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The obvious comment to make here is that this Doctor Who aka the Pied Piper of Hamlin, is this BF meets Grimm or Once upon a Time, well yes and no. Peter, Sarah, Mark and Janet are all superb, and Peter once again has taken the Doctor to a new level, and pushed the character much more than ever in the televised days. This takes the usual turn of a multi separation style adventure, with all the companions pairing off, in this we do get more characterisation of the individuals. Mark and Janet especially show their talent in buckets. I also liked the Terry Molloy character, once again showing why he is such a fine actor, much under rated and maligned, he comes across in this drama as very much the repentant individual, keen on putting his wrongs, right.

The story itself is a mix of Helix(Sy-Fy series), and sort of modern-day Ratkenstein, the plot on inspection afterwards, and now writing this is absurd but given that it's a Doctor Who it works. Second World War bunkers, cold war spy fear, reds under the bed style all make for a wonderfully mad mix. It plays out well over it's 2 hours and you are not once in need of break or as in some cases a rewind to catch up or review the story line in order to keep yourself involved, so the writing of this is exceptionally high, enjoyable, mad, and of course very much Doctor Who.
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Reviewed By: templetongateReview Date: 6/18/13 6:00 pm
0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This one grated on me, I'm afraid. A touch of adolescence in the pronouncements of the guest characters and the impenetrable voices (I was driving - the M5 won the day) worked together to irritate me throughout. Even when I could sense the strong ideas and gorgeous atmosphere at work in the background, this story didn't charm.

I'll give it a few years and try again.
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Reviewed By: SibariteReview Date: 11/30/11 10:47 pm
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i am quite torn in my feelings towards this. I quite liked the gruesome horror aspect of it and i did like how all 4 regulars managed to get a storyline each. I did find the resolution a little rushed and a little unrealistic though.
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Reviewed By: EiphelReview Date: 6/22/11 8:37 pm
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Very underwhelming, I'm afraid. I felt the entire story could have been told in half an hour. Each part contains exactly the same elements - Stumbling around in claustrophobic corridors, Nyssa looking for a cure, Rats getting twisted vengeance. Even the same cliffhanger is repeated.

There's very, very thin plot here, and it's all rather old hat. A surprisingly large cast of supporting characters adds very little because none of them are very interesting, and the working class traitor character is terrible. None of the exchanges in the story interested me at all; most of the dialogue is peculiarly obsessed with back-referencing every other adventure of this TARDIS crew every five minutes, and the ethical discussion is utterly superficial, never going deeper than the notions that would cross one's mind in the first few seconds of considering it. The rats provide more interest than the humans, but only one among them is actually anything other than characature, and for the third time in three releases we're presented with an overmodulated villain that it's a strain to listen to.

Finally, having spent the whole story assuming that Nyssa's Richter's Syndrome plot was going somewhere, I was baffled when it comes to nothing. That's not to say I was baffled that Nyssa failed, rather I was baffled that there was absolutely no drama extracted from it. She tells Tegan she's not really OK - and frankly she doesn't sound all that fussed - and then leaves. Tegan says she'll talk about it with her afterwards, but we don't get that scene, which seems like a huge oversight given it should be the payoff to Nyssa's time in this story.

There's a kid's novel called the Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. It's very similar, also based on the Rat King myth. This story reminded me of it on the surface, but that story actually has a far deeper and more interesting weight to it. This just felt dull and repetitive. 5/10