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So, to continue Dark Eyes we have 'Fugitives'. For a long time, this was my least favourite part. I felt like it had almost nothing to do with the rest of the boxset and was pretty filler. I thought everything that happened was too convenient to be coincidences, yet no explanation was given. On the whole, I had trouble keeping up with the action and felt like it was just too fast.
It is literally 'The Chase' except a third of the length. The Doctor and Molly flee from the Daleks in a plane across No Man's Land and then find the TARDIS. They arrive in WWII France at Dunkirk. They then arrive at the Ides Scientific Institute that just happens to be in the Doctor's house on Baker Street. The Daleks arrive and try to kill the Doctor and capture Molly. Then they go to the planet Halalkon where they have a quick holiday and then the Daleks arrive to exterminate them. What adds to this is that the Daleks seem to be anticipating their every move, there's a mystery about the Doctor and the Ides and somehow, the Daleks are up to something huge and Molly seems to know how the TARDIS works and is able to pilot it...
I definitely enjoyed this story more this time around. Previously, I would have given this story 4/10, so this is a big improvement. As I said in my review of 'The Great War', I initially approached Dark Eyes believing that every story was self-contained, which is not the case. So I felt that this episode had no point and no plot besides 'now we're here, now we're here'. This time around, I sat back and listened to it as a continuation of 'The Great War'. I enjoyed it immensely. I loved the drama, and the mystery, and the constant action. Although I prefer slower paced stories, I really enjoyed the fast paced nature of this story. It feels fresh throughout. The greatest thing about this story is the chemistry between Molly and the Doctor. She's probably the most unique companion in that she doesn't really want to travel with the Doctor and just wants to go back to nursing. She's smart, funny, charismatic and has a great mystery about her.
So yeah, I enjoyed this story much more and so far am loving re-listening to Dark Eyes.
I give 'Fugitives' 8.5/10
Next time, I'll be reviewing 'Tangled Web'.