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Dark Eyes - 1.3 - Tangled Web

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/7/15 9:55 am
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

In the third and penultimate installment, the Doctor now convinced that his partner has more to tell that she is letting on, delves into her past, and start to piece together what actually happened to her at the tender age of 2 years. Who was the mysterious X that has seemingly planted into her the very core of a plan that if hatched could mean the end of the Timelords altogether. The Doctor must delve deep to find out what is actually going on, and whether he can stop what feels like and inevitable conclusion to his own fate, and that of everyone else. But just to add icing to the cake, the Daleks are on their way to sorting out there temporal chamber, which if fully realised will question reality for good.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/22/15 9:49 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

In this story, we begin to unravel the mystery of Molly as we find out about a visit she got from a TARDIS when she was two. However, the Doctor's latest attempt to go to Gallifrey is thwarted and he's instead sent to a planet with a Dalek City---full of nice friendly Daleks with playgrounds and flowers. (Yeah, seriously.)

The mystery of the overall "Dark Eyes" story arc continues to develop nicely, though there are a few moments that seem rushed. The Doctor delivers a great speech on hope early in the story, but it's feels a bit stagey because the statement that Molly made that preceded it seemed out of place and forced because Briggs wanted it to be in the script.

Still, the story is still great with Ruth Bradley turning another great performance, and the story continuing to explore the idea of hope beautifully. The ending does a great job setting up the finale of the First Dark Eyes series.
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Reviewed By: The Elusive WhovianReview Date: 4/7/15 6:10 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Tangled Web is a very intriguing story, as the overall mystery progresses quite a lot and we get an interesting examination of the Doctor's relationship with the Daleks by raising a few questions: Could the Daleks turn good? If so, would the Doctor accept this? Given the Eighth Doctor's previous encounters with them as well as the approaching Time War, it was a well-written inspection of these ideas and well worth a listen.
The problem for me however, was that this development was revealed to be false; overall, the majority of this story was superfluous to the plot of Dark Eyes and I cannot help but feel as though the two middle stories, this and the previous Fugitives, were good but inconsequential padding. Despite this, the story was so brilliant I shall still award this story an 8/10.
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Reviewed By: RyanOM1991Review Date: 3/8/14 10:31 am
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

A return to form - more settled, thoughtful and well paced.

This episode focuses on a key central idea - what if the Daleks turned good? It's been done before, but here it seems more genuine, with the Daleks having gone to so much effort to build a benevolent Skaro. For once, it seems that the Doctor might be wrong about them.

But to be honest, it can't be true. Nevertheless, this episode really helps to highlight the Doctor's prejudices against his arch-enemies. If they were to convert, would he be able to accept it? How could he trust them? Perhaps the Doctor isn't as infallible as he seems.

Some of this interesting character insight becomes slightly devalued when you get near the end, but the change in direction is actually very welcome and turns everything on its head.

Paul McGann gives a reliably assured and intense performance as the Doctor, while Ruth Bradley really comes into her own as Molly, whose reaction to the Doctor's scepticism and rationalism is both justified and believable. Very well written and expertly played.

Skaro itself has a very pleasant atmosphere thanks to the sound design.

The final moments offer an exciting climax to the Dark Eyes story, and all the pieces are starting to fit together.

A big improvement from the previous episode.