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2.5 Animal

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Reviewed By: mrsaxonReview Date: 9/24/18 9:49 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The idea underpinning this story - that of animal rights activism - is a good one, and the setting at a British university has potential. The main weakness I feel is the characterisation and perhaps an alternative story structure would’ve worked better, with the TARDIS crew already in situ at the start of the story, and exposition done via flashback. As it is, the speed of Ace and Raine’s infiltration of Scobie’s crew stretches credibility, and the latter’s expressions of ‘betrayal’ therefore ring hollow: how long has he actually known Ace?! Scobie himself is rather two-dimensional and unsatisfying. We are told he’s a scientific genius but we never really see this actually play out.

It’s a shame as I really liked the ideas in this one.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/11/16 10:41 pm
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

This story features the return of Brigadier Bamberra and also introduces the alien species know as the Numlocks. The Numlocks are a great species for audio with a very distinct way of speaking and are realized by John Banks. Angela Bruce is good as Brigadier Bamberra, sounding pretty much the same as she did when she played the role on television.

In some way, this release is a tale of two halves. The first two episodes seemed to be a bit padded and the setting of the Doctor looking for an on-campus eco-terrorist was a little bland. To be honest, I think this would have worked better as a three parter. However, the second half is extremely fun with some great comedic moments, as well as some clever sci fi twists. Overall, another fairly solid McCoy lost story.

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 1/11/16 5:03 pm
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The music provides a cold detached atmosphere to the whole thing which only emphasises the slow thin nature of the plot. Numlocs? Numbnuts more like. Scoby and the Sergeant are just plain dim and the characters are just boring with terrible dialogue. Any humour felt misplaced and failed to hit the right note. The only thing I really liked about this was the numblocs, and that's despite their silly name and odd speech idiosyncracies.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 5/5/15 3:56 pm
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Animal was originally a contender for the finale of Season 27 which had not been decided upon. It would most likely been Illegal Alien and would have featured the Cybermen but that story was adapted into a novel so Animal was chosen instead. Animal's plot is a mix of The Seeds of Doom and The Green Death to an interesting effect. The story gets to be an alien invasion but really doesn't get moving and just doesn't know what it wants to be. The ending was also extremely rushed and couldn't satisfactorily finish everything. There are also plot threads brought up at the very end that bring the story down especially with Raine. Part One is actually quite enjoyable with Ace and Raine both having to attend college and the return of UNIT and Brigadier Bambera. Other than that it gets really boring.