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55. The Twilight Kingdom

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Reviewed By: clemgeoReview Date: 6/6/18 1:44 pm
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“The Twilight Kingdom” (“Le Royaume du crépuscule”) est l’exemple-même de l’histoire audio qui rate son but. Alors qu’on était en droit d’attendre une histoire haletante dans un environnement à la fois repoussant et fascinant, on obtient des couloirs de dialogues interminables entre bidasses, des sous-intrigues aussi inintéressantes les unes que les autres et une révélation finale attendue.

Niveau de difficulté : ++

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Français anglophone et Doctor Who-phile, je me suis lancé en 2017 dans l’exploration des productions de Big Finish. J’espère que mes avis aideront d’autres « whoviens » francophones à sauter le pas.
Voici mon échelle de difficulté :
+ : facile à comprendre
++ : quelques détails m’ont échappé mais cela ne nuit pas à la compréhension générale
+++ : quelques détails clés de l’intrigue m’ont échappé (à compléter par la lecture de résumés en ligne) / peut demander des connaissances en histoire britannique
++++ : une large partie de l’histoire m’a échappé / histoire difficilement audible (déformation de voix, etc.)

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As an English-speaking French Whovian, I threw myself into the exploration of Big Finish productions in 2017. I hope my reviews will help other French-speaking Whovians to take the plunge.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/17/17 5:12 pm
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This is another story where I simply cannot explain to my own satisfaction why I don't like it. It should be good. It's got a good story, with lots of interesting and even powerful ideas. It's raises interesting themes about coping with loss, about loyalty, and so on. It's got a really villain good, and Michael Keating gives a fantastic performance. Yes, it's got some bland characters, but it's got some good characters too. Personally, I think the story would have been considerably improved just by having Jeremy James (Bryn) and Dale Ibbetson (Quillian) swap roles. James is good in everything he does for Big Finish, but Ibbetson sounds like he's doing a table read.

But every time I listen to this story, I find it dull, tedious, and unmemorable. I wish that didn't sound so harsh, but it's accurate to my experience of this story.

I don't have much else to say about the story, but let's take stock of the Divergent Universe Arc so far, as we are now halfway through it. Unfortunately, it's still extremely nebulous and semi-formed. This story doesn't really help much. It introduces the term "crucible world", and introduces the idea that it's all some kind of experiment. And that does tie in, vaguely, with "Scherzo". But how does the whole set-up work, exactly, and how come no one notices?

And then there's the ending. In the most memorable and dramatically effective moment in the story, the Doctor announces to Kro'ka that he's looking for Rassilon. The first time I heard the story, I admit I felt a frisson of excitement when I heard the Doctor say that. But looking back on it, I don't see why. It's a complete retcon of what we thought we knew about why the Doctor is here, and it comes entirely out of nowhere. Why does the Doctor expect to find Rassilon in this universe?

Halfway through, and I'd say the Divergent Universe Arc is still not sufficiently well-established to be honestly called an Arc. It's a set of stories circumstantially tied-together but with only a minimal narrative connection. It gives me the impression that no one ever decided what they wanted to do with this arc.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 3/11/15 7:43 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is the weakest of the first four stories in the Divergent Universe Arc with new writer Will Schindler writing not just a standard Doctor Who story, but a story littered with boring supporting characters save Koth and Janto who are the only interesting ones among the bunch. It also has the problem of giving away the twist on the front cover. Paul McGann gives a bored performance that only really peaks with Part Four and India Fisher's Charley Pollard is written in a way to make her unlikeable. Conrad Westmass's C'rizz gets a little development but it leaves a lot to be desired. It also doesn't help that we don't really know C'rizz being really only in one other story. I'd say skip but the last track sets up the second half of the arc so you have to get it.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/10/15 10:19 am
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This story is often maligned but is actually fairly enjoyable. The Doctor and Charley fall into the hands of a group of rebels unlike any other he's met with obvious mind control afoot, the Doctor has to get to the bottom of the mystery. Throughout the story, there's some bizarre tension between the Doctor and Charley, with her behavior being irritating at times, but the reason for her strange behavior is explained by the end.

The story does get a tad too clinical in its psychology. Its been present throughout the story but psychobabble is weak storytelling. C'rizz continues to be the season's biggest mis-step. His introduction in Creed of Kromon was weak, in Natural History of Fear his character barely features, and in the final season he remains a cypher.

The story does end on a nice note for the next season of McGann features, and overall it was quite enjoyable.