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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 1/4/19 8:46 pm
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With Professor Claudius Dark fully revealed to be the Sixth Doctor, things rapidly speed to a head in the final story of the set and thankfully it's a good one. 'Hourglass Killers' does everything that prior J&L finales did but with nowhere near as many issues or problems. The action is streamlined and intense, the script and dialogue continue to shine especially with the full addition of Colin Baker to the group, and the driving premise is creepy and keeps your attention without overwhelming you with all it throws at you. The primary villains in Kempston and Hardwick are also actually fully realized in a way that makes them genuinely threatening as a force not just for the main cast but for the Doctor as well. It's not entirely flawless as a finale as the motivation for the villainous scheme is one that's been done to death and used many times before. But that flaw is made up for with some surprisingly touching moments and a final climax that's hilariously simple but still well done all at the same time. I also can't deny that having this particular incarnation of the Doctor in this story really amplifies it considerably though it would still be extremely strong even without his presence. It took four sets and a backdoor pilot but finally, the adventures of Jago and Litefoot have delivered a series finale that it can be proud of. 'Hourglass Killers' as a whole is by far the best ending story of the entire saga and left me with a big smile on my face eager to see where these characters would go next.  
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/15/15 5:41 pm
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With the big reveal, Claudius Dark really takes the lead here as he confronts the nefarious scheme of Kempston and Hardwick head on.

Colin Baker is superb: clever, pushy, and resourceful but with a few comical moments thrown in to keep Professor Dark in his place.

I also think Jago had some great character moments. Early in the series, in his honest moments, Jago admitted to being a bit of a coward. We see a great character moment as he avoid the temptation to leave Ellie on watch and stays himself and then the plot with Abigail from Jago in Love returns and the plot is resolved with great poignancy.

The writing is great as usual as we get the typical Jago and Litefoot "Save the World" corker and an end that sets up some new adventures for our heroes. The alien plot is clever with some nice reveals of the true origins of the aliens and their names.

It's a pity that Leela and Professor Litefoot are mostly relegated to a side role, but with so many great characters, not all of them have a prominent spot. Overall, a very nice conclusion to Series 4.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 4/30/12 5:43 am
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It is increasingly difficult to review this series while avoiding spoilers.

This one is even a difficult one to rate. It wasn't hard for me to say I loved it, but there was one big question: Was this a Jago and Lightfoot story that Claudius Dark happened to be in, or was it a Claudius Dark story where Jago and Lightfoot were two loveable side kicks? I fear it was the latter. No, I am certain of it.

That said, the face of Colin Baker does appear on the cover, so there is no real surprise.

The gold in this for me was Jago, as he resolved the issues that arose at the start of the series with Abilgail. Well written and acting ending for the matter. That piece of gold tipped the balance for me and reminded me it was a Jago and Lightfoot story.

Regardless of how you look at it, this is a great story. Well told, well written, well acted, well directed and a fitting end to the series.

I look forward to series 5. I look forward to Justice of Jalxar and I look forward to future releases involving Professor Claudius Dark.