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Dark Eyes - 1.3 - Tangled Web

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Reviewed By: XxDachshundxX Review Date: 3/1/19 11:22 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Here we have the third instalment of Dark Eyes, 'Tangled Web'. On my previous listens, I have liked this story, but never really engaged with it as I felt like this part is superfluous to the main plot. It veers away from the action and drama of 'Fugitives' and gives us a quiet, character based story.

I feel like this part, while good, has no place in the Dark Eyes 1 boxset. I feel like it would have been better if the Doctor and Molly were forced to land on a world under Dalek occupation so that Molly could see the atrocities the Daleks have performed. All this story is is they think they've arrived on Skaro when the Daleks have turned good. While this is a good idea, it doesn't seem to have any payoff. I mean, they could have done something really creepy and menacing, like in The Power of the Daleks, but we don't seem to get that here. What doesn't help is the Dalek mutant that has the most irritating singsong voice that I feel lets down any atmosphere.
What is nice is that it is revealed that the Daleks have not indeed been turned good, and its just a dream. I feel, however, that this is just a way to add more character development between Molly and the Doctor without any story development. I feel that it is unrealistic for Molly to believe that the Doctor is mistaken about the Daleks being bad after the events of the previous two stories where the Daleks kill everyone. I like the idea of the organisation that promises to help with people who think they're saving worlds (ie. the Doctor) but that's not really given any development and is sadly a really nice idea thrown down the drain.
I think that's what characterises this story - really good ideas that get no payoff.

Still, there's lots to enjoy. Molly and the Doctor's relationship is incredible. The sound design is alright and the pacing isn't bad. We also get a few enjoyable snippets of what is to come in X and the Daleks. This is so far my least favorite part of Dark Eyes, but it's still pretty good.

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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.