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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 5/3/19 3:56 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is a story told in 2 directions. On one end, The Doctor and Lucie are in the midst of a desperate race to catch a thief before he can get away with time travel technology. On the other end is a quiet garden party back on Earth. There's a lot going on as these two scenes pan out and eventually collide but somehow the story doesn't feel rushed and never gets too cluttered. It's a strongly written nonlinear script that doesn't lean too heavily on the novelty of the storytelling to forget about the story itself. In the end, this is a character piece and quite an intimate one at that. Plus the supporting cast puts in a fantastic performance, particularly Julia McKenzie's Rachel.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/19/17 2:16 am
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Listening to this story, I feel like I understand what "Exotron" was going for. In that story, also written by Paul Sutton, there was a character who started out as a fairly typical "Doctor Who" villain, but also needed to be a credible dramatic character with relationships that matter and a sympathetic point-of-view. That's exactly what Nick Zimmerman is in this story. The story begins mid-way through part four of an unseen adventure, and Zimmerman is an evil scientist whose terrible schemes must be stopped. But then he's a gentle old man throwing a garden party for his beloved wife. Unlike in "Exotron", this contrast works. In fact, it's the core of the appeal of this story.

Also appealing is Tom Chadbon. In addition to playing Duggan ("City of Death") and Merdeen ("The Mysterious Planet") in the classic series, he previously appeared as Will Sullivan in the second series of "Sarah Jane Smith". He's a great fit for the character of Gordon in this story. All of his characters have a certain solidity to them. Something about his performances always feels grounded and credible no matter how silly the story or the character may be, and that's a real asset.

The rapport between Lucie and the Doctor is just wonderful. At this point, I no longer even need them to have adventures. Just 60 minutes of the two of them bouncing dialogue off of one another would be entertainment enough, even without anything resembling a story.

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 3/17/15 6:57 pm
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This is quite a good story that could easily be a 10/10, but sadly it really starts in media res so you really can't get to much of the backstory in. Paul Sutton however knows how to write emotional characters within the time limit and with the setbacks so it doesn't go down to an 8/10 either. Get this because it is a great set up for the two part finale
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/11/15 10:53 am
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The story begins smashingly in medias res as Lucie and the Doctor are trying to stop the theft of a temporal device from a spaceship. They fail and after surviving the villain's death trap, pursue him and catch up with him 30 years later in his timeline though it's only been 10 minutes for them. They find the criminal settled down, married, and living the life of a country squire, holding a garden party for his wife, and claiming that the time device has been destroyed but if that's so, why are Vortisaurs and the Tar-Modowk, two species who feed on temporal disruptions converging on this location?

The story is a solid listen, though stronger as a character piece than as anything "high concept." It's nice for Lucie to start an episode not yelling at the Doctor about how he landed the TARDIS and she is definitely growing as a character. The moment the Doctor names a Vortisaur and gets it to obey calls back early travels with his prior companion Charley. The best moments belong to the guest stars though as Nigel Havers plays a very complex character whose sudden reversion to his criminal ways is shocking but understandable. Julie McKenzie does a beautiful job as Rachel.

If I had any complaint, it would be Zimmerman trying to prove his humanity by pointing out he cheated on his wife (but she forgave him.) It was an odd moment to be sure. Still, the cause of the temporal disruption while predictable, was also well-played and emotionally moving. Add to that, the hook at the end of the episode regarding the Head Hunter plot and this story is a definite winner.