Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 9/7/15 5:04 pm
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Written and directed by Nick Briggs, 'Creatures of Beauty' was recorded on 22 and 24 March 2003 at The Moat Studios. Dialogue heavy with a chilling and unnerving atmosphere the narrative is fractured with the end of the story being the end of episode 3 and the beginning being episode 4. The story employs the framing device of Broderick the Senior Psychiatric Evaluator making a report that turns into an enquiry.
A tale of a broken society on the planet Veln. There was an accident above Veln. A Kroteem ship on an unauthorised flight course carrying poisonous waste broke up and terminally polluted the planet, causing sever genetic scarring to the inhabitants. The ship was destroyed and in four generations the Kroteem will be guilty of Genocide. Lady Forlean has been trying to find a way to save her scarred and dying race.
The Nick Briggs' music is soft, subtle and chilling, it creates and eerie atmosphere laden with suspense. The Koteem has a very heavily modulated voice like a Cyberman with a heavy cold.
David Daker as the sadistic Gillbrook is a consummate veteran and has a wonderful cadence to his speech. All the cast put in fine performances but Daker's is the one that will stay with you, but Sarah Sutton as Nyssa and David Mallinson as Broderick puts in an equally fine performances.
It's a cold, corrupt and misogynistic world that Briggs has created. Early on Nyssa retells her ordeal of getting brutally beaten by the police and later on watches Veline viciously stab herself to death after being experimented on. During interrogation Broderick threatens to have thrown in a penitionary and strong implies that she will be...Well, you know... Briggs really throws Nyssa under the bus to elicit emotion from the listener and it works, Sarah Sutton brings fear into her portrayal of her character very well.
One of those stories you will probably have to listen to twice, a bit like Flip-Flop. At the end of the third episode you think the Doctor hasn't made any impact but the last few seconds of the Fourth may make you re-listen.
Ok, the fractured story telling can be confusing, the lack of a happy ending my not satisfy everyone but it's undeniably different and well written