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Dark Eyes - 1.1 - The Great War

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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 3/2/19 6:48 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Excellent start to this popular range. Molly is lovely and as ever McGann is dashing as the doctor. I enjoy the parallels of using the war as setting for this outing as the daleks are undoubtedly influenced by certain foes of this war!

One shouldn’t give to much away but this is an awesome range and kicks off very well ! Cast are all great and it’s got blooming Toby Jones !
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Reviewed By: XxDachshundxX Review Date: 2/26/19 7:07 am
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I have to say something really controversial here: I don't like Dark Eyes 1. I've listened to it twice in the past and both times I have been really disappointed. I have decided that I am going to relisten to the boxset and hopefully come out of it loving it, because I really do want to love it and give it 10/10. I think that the reason I didn't love it the first time was that I was expecting for each story to be self contained and just follow a story arc. Before I listened to it, I made this assumption as no one had told me different.

'The Great War' was always my favourite part. It has great sound design, great acting, great atmosphere, it's near perfect. My only real problem with it is the story and the pacing. I feel like it should have been expanded upon, maybe set over a longer period of time. But that's just a small gripe that can be overlooked for the moment.

Molleh Oh'Sullivern. She's just one of the greatest companions ever. Oh my goodness, she's amazing! From the outset, she looks like a stereotypical strong woman, but she actually displays a lot of emotion and backstory. I must say, if companions from the New Series were written like this, Amy and Clara would have been amazing and Yasmine would have been a bit better (still hate her with a passion!)

The Eighth Doctor is amazing. He's recovering from the events of Lucie Miller/To the Death and his story is tragic. He just wants a break yet he's thrown into a brand new adventure. Paul McGann is easily the best Doctor and he just shines here. Amazing.

The Daleks only really appear in the last five minutes, but throughout the story, their threat is felt through the gas and the time winds. Dr Sturgiss, who is a Dalek agent, is played well, but I feel like he needed to be a bit more explained in his motives and how the Daleks found him etc.

The atmosphere and imagery is incredible. You can really imagine the Great War with the use of explosions and the hissing of gas. The glowing gas chasing the train is amazingly tense and I feel that it is well utilised in the later tent scene.

So yeah, that's The Great War. It's not perfect, but strives to be. 8.5/10
Soon, I will put up my reviews for Fugitives, Tangled Web and X and the Daleks in which I will talk about my past grievances with Dark Eyes 1. Hopefully, I will enjoy these episodes much more this time.
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Reviewed By: PolarityReversalReview Date: 1/16/16 2:01 am
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I went to Chicago Tardis the year this box set came out and as soon as I saw the box art, I had to get it. I had never listened to one of the Big Finish audio dramas, and wow, what a way to pick a starting spot. Paul McGann is just phenomenal in this medium. To its credit, this series was so good I am now over 20 entries deep into the BF Doctor Who universe, so it really hooked me. One of the things I noticed about this story versus many of the other ones I have listened to is just the overall quality of the audio, from the music to the effects, the mixing is just spot on. Just listen to it.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/7/15 9:34 am
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The first story of this new era of 8th Doctor adventure starts with our intrepid No.8 being cast into the first world war, or the great war as some would have it. It finds him meeting up with the supporting companion of Molly (Dark Eyes). A VAD (voluntary aid detachment), she is not only battling the atrocities of what war brings, and the horrors, of man's ability to cause death and destruction. However this is not helped when you not only have the enemy shooting, and gassing attacks happening, but throw in a smattering of the Doctor's old enemy of the Daleks and you are in for a real terror ride. There is further intrigue when you add to this that a man is also trying to find Molly. Glowing gas, Daleks, and a plot to destroy the timelords, and you are starting to get the picture that this is going to be one massive Who adventure.


We have the very capable hands of McGann here, who, basically is like loading a gun, and pulling the trigger when it comes to portraying the effervescent timelord, and his interpretation of No.8 is without fault. Big Finish have made this Doctor their own in every sense, not only does the character fit so well into any dramatization that they place, but McGann as that ability to make it sound effortless. Good shift is put in here by Paul, making the performance a knock out with first bewilderment, suspicion, and general mistrust of all around him, including his new companion. Ruth Bradley, who plays Dark Eyes, is simply stunning her Irish lilt and almost effortless ability to convey the range of emotions that are required in this first story are wonderful. A superb start to this four parter.