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62. The Last

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/31/17 12:06 am
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I feel quite ambivalent about this one. The first time I listened to it, I remember disliking it quite strongly. Now, I find I like it quite a lot. The difference, primarily, is that I no longer expect the story to make sense, at least not in any straightforward or ordinary way. Part of me thinks that's okay, and the story doesn't really have to make sense, especially if it manages to be suitably entertaining along the way (as it does). But another part of me things that this is some kind of cheat.

Let me elaborate on that. I feel like a lot of the drama of the story comes from certain assumptions that the audience would naturally make. For example, that death is permanent. Eventually, this story reveals that those assumptions don't apply, and the story never really provides any kind of explanation as to why that is. This was extremely frustrating for me on my first listen, but now it's just something I know about this story. I don't expect events to have consequences, and I can enjoy the drama that comes from the Doctor, Charley, and C'rizz thinking that events will have consequences.

Fortunately, the script is packed with fascinating ideas, and the cast is very strong. Carolyn Jones gives an especially strong performance as Excelsior, who has to rank as one of the great mad villains. The idea of a leader so disconnected from reality that she doesn't seem to understand that her entire world has been destroyed is chilling, but also darkly absurd.

But once again, I'm confronted by the fact that the basic set-up of the Divergent Universe has never been adequately explained. This story involves an entire planet being devastated by a catastrophic war. The nature of the crucible world is alluded to, and we're told that Bortresoye is the name not only of the world in this story, but of the crucible world itself. And yet, the characters don't know about the Interzone or the Kro'Ka. There's even a point where characters board a rocket and fly off into space, and yet no one notices that the planet below has been subdivided into zones. With only two stories left in the arc, the basic concept has simply never been properly established.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 6/24/15 7:22 pm
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This is an interesting story in that it contains one of the bleakest storylines of Doctor Who's history with the Doctor, Charley and C'rizz making it to a zone which is covered by a nuclear winter ruled by a madwoman called Excelsior. Charley gets paralyzed from the neck down while C'rizz starts to see ghosts. Now this makes for a great character piece through the entire story while the tension builds with the base the characters are in flooding while they search for a way out. The actors in the story are on top form with India Fisher and Conrad Westmass coming out on top in performances with Fisher giving an interesting aspect into Charley's predicament.

Now this story would be a 10/10 if it wasn't for a very convoluted ending which makes not a lick of sense. So it is established early on that Excelsior has these weird powers as leader to reincarnate everything sort of which aren't really explained and by the end of the story the Doctor is put into the situation where he has to commit suicide but then the story sort of ends. We get a bit of dialogue reestablishing the status quo and then the Doctor, Charley and C'rizz are off back into the Interzone.

This complaint doesn't detract from the story too much as the rest of the story is really good and the acting is brilliant it's just the ending that leaves you wanting more.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/21/15 7:51 pm
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The Doctor, Charley, and C'Rizz find themselves stranded in a dying world suffering from nuclear Winter, the Doctor and Charley are injured and taken to an underground shelter where the world's leader Excelsior is planning for her Victory speech and getting a gown seemingly unaware that her people are all dead while the government ministers try to plot an escape.

This is a bleak production, but a brilliant one as well. As a cautionary anti-War tale, there are few Doctor Who stories that The story is filled with great psychological moments, as well as an eerie mystery regarding the ghost C'Rizz is seeing, which the Doctor is initially dismissive of.

Carolyn Jones is superb as Excelsior and the cast shines. For the first time, I really connected with C'Rizz as a character. His concern for Charley is touching. Charley is paralyzed in the first part and struggles with many key questions but an understated way. She does manage to see through Excelsior in a solid scene.

The High Concepts that characterize the best of the Divergent Universe are here. The eerie sound of Excelsior's speech being broadcast to a population that's no longer alive is a chilling audio image.

I do feel the ending, which served as a fix, was also a bit of a cheat. Still, this is solidly written and moving piece that brings Doctor and Companions to life brilliantly.

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/9/14 3:42 am
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Again we see the 8th Dr in the Divergent Universe, and being tormented by the Kro'ka. The story is based around the well established theme of dreamscape, and nightmare scenario's being played out in your dreams, as the Doctor is in the Divergent universe this is played to the full. The Dr meets with a evil, mad leader, for whom a nuclear war as devastated the planet. We find the realisation of the Dr fears of Charlie and C'rizz meeting their deaths and the finding that the key to resolving the issue, then the Dr is the last, and must take his own life for the whole thing to reset.

McGann was excellent in this, and played the demented soul that he has become in the Divergent Universe that Big Finish have pinned their flag too so far with the 8th Dr main range. India again proves a powerful co star with some hard emotion to convey, and does so with out issue. Leaving us Conrad again playing the likeable C'rizz the character is starting now to have form and substance in the storyline.

I would not say that this Divergent thing is winning me over, and much prefer the classic style of adventure yarn, but this does make me want to find if the Dr wins out in the end, and I feel that I have now gone to far down this journey not to find out.