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163. Black and White

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Reviewed By: LorcanReview Date: 3/17/19 10:11 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Black and white starts with ace and hex entering the tardis to find lysandra from project destiny and sally from house of blue fire there and they both claim to be companions of the doctor.

The first part of this story is almost all set in the tardis and is mainly ace and hex getting to know lysandra and sally. The two sets of characters play off each other very well with ace and lysandra being quite antagonistc to each other and hex getting along a lot better with sally. This first part sets up a lot of mystery about why the doctor has two tardis' and two tardis teams which is still not fully resolved at the end of this story.

This is another doctor-lite story and after part one the story becomes a beowolf story with the two tardis teams arriving at two different points in time and meeting a young beowolf and an old beowolf. This leads to the story being quite timey wimey in places. Beowolf was a very good character and him and ace had some great moments together in the story.

For the most part the main plot was good but nothing that special. A frog like alien is trying to to get gold to repair his ship so he makes a deal with one of the locals to aquire some in return for making beowolf look like a hero. The mystery of what the doctor is up to is the best part of the story for me but the main plot isn't nearly as good as protect and survive but still enjoyable.

This story left me really excited for gods and monsters
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/14/18 12:58 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This story takes a while to get started. In effect, the entirety of the first episode is Ace and Hex getting a bumpy intro to Captain Lysandra Aristedes and Private Sally Morgan who has been traveling with the Doctor in the Black TARDIS while Ace and Hex are in the White and then proceeding to plan next steps in a kind of wonky sequence. You'd never guess from that first story that this would be a story about Beowulf.

However, from the second episode on, the story does get more interesting as we meet Beowulf and our characters find each other separated and involved in a time travel mystery. The story has a lot of fun moments and Stuart Milligan makes his first appearance as Garudel. There's also the mystery of the Two TARDISes and what the Doctor is playing at. We don't get a complete answer but the final story is set up nicely. There's also a short character journey for Ace in dealing with Lysandra's presence and her relationship with Beowulf. The two sets of Companions do also play off each other in a fun way.

Overall, despite a weak start, this was a good story.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 4/3/15 12:51 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This is slap bang in the middle of the trilogy from writer Fitton. It is I suppose possible for someone to listen to this without first availing themselves of listening to the prequel "Protect and Survive", but truthfully you really do need to have listened for this to fit into the story arc correctly. Once again the actual presence of the Doctor is sprinkled throughout the actual drama, and the whole motion of the peace, rests of the shoulders of Oliver and Aldred, and to be fair they do a sterling job once again, and, for the most part carry the story forward well. The separation element of the story is that in the 2 Tardi's the black one with Captain Aristedes and Ace are sent 16 years one way, where as Hex and Private Sally Morgan are sent in the other direction. It is fascinating to listen to the two stories start to evolve and also weave the next chapter in this story. We get both parties land in the land of Anglos Saxon Britain with a young Young Dane Beowulf taking on a Dragon, however this is only for our Captain and ACE to deal with, HEX and Private Morgan are sent back in time. This makes for a fascinating twist in the storytelling, where we see the answers being found by one, and proposed and setup by the other pairing. We also find out what the Doctor as been up to and why there are apparently two sets of companions both helping him out. Something that ACE as a real problem with and makes no bones about all the way through this adventure.

What can I say Oliver and Aldred just keep getting better, the story is mammoth and makes a good bridge between Protect and Survive and Gods and Monsters. It is quality Who here, and, of the highest quality production values that are in my opinion exceeding anything in the genre by any individual or production company.
The supporting cast also make this for me, adding just that little bit of a finishing touch that pushes this to another level.

Excellent McCoy you have got rid of your bad Doctor tag for good.

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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 10/7/12 11:01 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is a good story and a complex story. Its well acted and everything is good about it.

I can't give it higher than an 8 though due to the amount of prior information needed. Not only do you need to know about Lysandra, Sally and the black tardis, you also need to know how Survive and Protect ended and as a bonus it helps to know the legend of beowulf. If you have all of that, you are in for a great adventure, though it does feel unfinished without Gods and Monsters.

So, you need to listen to the whole trilogy, a couple of previous stories and a classic saga. Nothing too challenging there. I guess the issue is that this spends some time explaining or revealing things that have been questions in previous stories. Without the questions, the revelations are meaningless. It plays upon the animosity between Ace and Aristedes which means nothing if you didn't hear them in Project: Destiny, so in short it just doesn't stand alone that well.

On the plus side, two teams of companions with two tardises and no doctor makes for a great and unique story.

There was a lot of anticipation befre this release and we were not let down.