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57. Arrangements for War

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Reviewed By: HexagoraDalekReview Date: 1/15/19 1:18 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The ending of the first half of Project Lazarus begged for closure which this story rather neatly provides. There is good character development between both the doctor and Evelyn as well as investigation into their bond. The lovers in this story are both exceptional characters and have good chemistry with the doctor and Evelyn. There is a lot packed into this story but it keeps you interested very well!
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 3/4/18 3:05 pm
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An unconventional and experimental story for the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn. It takes place over a period of months and features the leads becoming embroiled in local politics among a soap-opera backdrop of forbidden love. The sensitive writing and committed acting make this a surprisingly palatable and at times genuinely gripping tale.
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Reviewed By: doctorwhnoeReview Date: 2/1/18 5:55 pm
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This story is great, nearly perfect. There's characters developpements, special effects that build an atmosphere... And Evelyn is the central point of this story ! This is Paul Sutton first Dr who story and he didn't waste his time.

Evelyn is the central point of this one, she is sad about the recents death she'd seen. Here she don't want to be involved in the plot of Vilag but she find hereself in the middle of a love story beetween a princess, destined to a sort of prince, and a soldier. She give a sad speech at one moment and we can learn a bit more about her past. Finally this story end into a tragedy but I will not say something else about that.

The Doctor isn't very powerful here, he end in a cell, and I find this boring because in every story he end in a cell. The supporting cast is brilliant but the villains are the weakest point. They're here only because the story need a villain. The Killorans aren't really useful.

The best in this story is the sound, the world of Vilag live around us during this serial, it never end: there's trains, birds, even the soldiers helmets can be heard.

A good one, a must have for the Evelyn's supporters ! And a brilliant entrance for Sutton.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/20/17 8:05 pm
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This story follows on directly from Part Two of "Project: Lazarus". It's probably more satisfying if you've heard that story, but it's not essential.

This is a very strong story, but I admire it more than I like it. The story is a bit too contrived and a bit too pat for me to give it an exceptional score. But for the ambition of using the "Doctor Who" format to tell a very different kind of story, I recommend this story much more strongly than a humble 8/10 might suggest.

The set-up is quite clever. In Part One, it's established that Világ is split into three main countries, and two of them are just about to sign a peace agreement which will allow the planet to stand united against an upcoming Killoran invasion. But that peace agreement is based on an arranged marriage, which the Doctor inadvertently messes up. It's a little bit contrived, and a bit over-reliant on coincidence, but it's really just there to set up the rest of the story.

There's plenty of fodder for a traditional "Doctor Who" story in here. Normally, one would expect the Doctor to take the lead role in saving the planet from alien invasion. But that's not at all how this story unfolds. The Doctor's only role is to try to push Világ into defeating the Killorans for themselves, which he ultimately does.

What really makes the story come alive is the characters. Governor Rossiter is one of the highlights, voiced by Gabriel Woolf (and how wonderful to hear the voice of Sutekh in such a radically different role), but there really aren't any duds. Even Pokol, a fairly typical villainous henchman, makes his mark. And the leads... Colin Baker and Maggie Stables have never had better material to work with. It's funny that the Doctor and Evelyn spend almost the entire story apart, because this is actually an extremely strong story for them as a team. Even when they're apart, they're thinking and talking about one another. It's wonderful stuff, and it does a lot to cement the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn as one of the all-time great TARDIS teams.

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