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167. The Shadow Heart

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/31/16 5:44 am
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

This is a great story that mixes space opera with time travel for a very pleasing tale that takes the Seventh Doctor across the galaxy as he deals with the consequences of the Sixth Doctor's reprogramming of the Wrath.

I love the concept of a giant space-going snail who travels the stars. It's incredibly and very well-realized. The story maintains a great air of mystery that allows Sylvester McCoy to play the Chess Master though with a bit of humor that works well for this Doctor.

The characters are very well-written. The tale introduces Vienna Salvatore, but there's very little here to suggest her as a spin-off characters. She's a clear villaine and even shows cowardice. The character would come off better in her relaunch. In this story, she's just a fun villain.

Overall, this is a great conclusion to this multi-doctor trilogy.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 6/28/15 11:14 pm
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A timey-wimey tale that rivals Flip-Flop as the Doctor travels back and forward through time to meet people in their past and set up schemes that even he can't follow. Its the kind of complexity that only Jonathon Morris would attempt.

Add to this; the Doctor returns to the see the Wrath and how his manipulations of them have in the previous story have changed them and their world and he knows he has to fix things, but finds himself being pursued by a rag-tag group of characters in a space faring snail (these guys should have got the spin-off) and we have a complex and fun adventure to round out the trilogy.

The beginning was slow and heavily dependant on Vienna to drive it, but by the third episode as things are unfolding and more characters are in play, it really gets good.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 4/19/15 3:20 pm
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There is a saying leave the best until last. Big Finish have done this with this release, the last release bring us Sylvester McCoy, and if I were to judge which one of the three of the Doctors nailed it, for me it Sylvester. The way that Sylvester runs back and forth using Morris's script of bumping into characters that he will meet, and some he has met but not as incarnation 7, is a trick that Morris has been pulling of well before Moffat did this for the BBC reboot. I love as well that Morris as pumped up the comedy aspect a lot more in this final instalment.

The other great thing with this outing is that we get the addition of Chase Masterton (Vienna Salvatori) as the ever vigilant bounty hunter who for the most part has been hired to acquire the Doctor so that he can be bought to task in front of the Wraith.

The story itself is has a wondrous ending to the whole goings on. No.7 as to put right the wrongs that his previous counterparts have left him with. The Doctor is a wanted man hence Vienna being on his tail, and the Wraith whom have employed him want him as they consider that although he gave them their morality he forgot that even the timelords values have their faults. The Earth's Armarda is the only thing left that is standing between the Wraith and total galactic supremacy something that the Doctor has to come to terms with, again due to oversight. We also learn the what has happened to Kylo Sorsha In some respects my opinion of the Prince who is the anchor to al the goings on has changed from being the baddie to being quite sorry for him, it seems that he has suffered his own demons, and the loss of his true love, at the final turn as made him a product of his own downfall, now hiding from all in sundry. There is a wonderful ending that for me was excellently orchestrated to the point of providing good old fashioned end, and not leaving any loose ends to be picked up.

The Burning Prince and The Acheron Pulse, it would be amiss of me to reveal to much as to be honest, in giving you a potted history of the final part would give away the whole story, and that is something that I think you should yourself listen too and enjoy.

Ironically it was due to this that we now have the Vienna Salvatori range within the Big Finish catalogue. So two good things have come from this.

Also this is without doubt one where no one in the cast can be singled out, they are all hitting their marks, and, for once Sylvester is just that tiny bit head and shoulders above his counter parts.