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Dark Eyes - 1.4 - 'X' and the Daleks

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/7/15 9:56 am
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With Straxus and his TARDIS destroyed, the Doctor and Molly have tracked the mysterious ‘X’ to the planet Srangor. It is here that the truth of the threat to the universe will finally be revealed. What is the Dalek Time Controller’s ultimate plan? What exactly is the space-time projector? Who will survive this epic battle for survival?

I took this from the Big Finish strapline from the description of the final part of this four parter and to be honest it sums up really well the final parts to this so well. The tension as built for the last three hours and now we have to find out what is this master plan, what, will it mean for the Doctor, what does the significance of Molly, who is the mysterious X and what plans have been laid, will they get full realisation or will the terrible future that they may hold be avoided. The conclusion to this is epic, and well worth the three and half hours. The final part if a film in itself, all emotions are thrown in for good measure and it is a epic peace of writing from Nicholas Briggs through out. I understand why this won the BBC aware that it has. The final part is the perfect peace of the jigsaw and it ties up so well the other parts.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/23/15 7:43 pm
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The story reaches its conclusion as the Doctor arrives at the planet which as the core of the Daleks' plan, which is supported by a former Time Lord.

This is a solid and satisfying to what's been an enjoyable series. This story introduces Nadeyan who serves to further the overall examination of hope in the story. The overall plot and maneuvering is quite clever, and it's a well-written twist end.

Molly's departure at the end was reminiscent of Mary Shelley's in, "Army of Death" though this felt more natural.

If I had one complaint about this chapter and the particular story is that throughout the first Dark Eyes story, the Doctor has been little more than a pawn in a game between the Dalek Time Controller and the Time Lords with little actual influence.

Still, what makes Dark Eyes work is that it's a great character piece. It has fantastic sound design, and so many great moments that it's a solid production with many great moments for the Eighth Doctor.

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Reviewed By: The Elusive WhovianReview Date: 4/7/15 6:38 am
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After some superfluous and inconsequential padding in Fugitives and Tangled Web, the Dark Eyes box set comes to a satisfying conclusion. The first part of the story was a little slow for my liking, with no particularly interesting development. The second half, however, was one I found to be very enjoyable, and the twist concerning Kotris was not foreseen by me.
However, the whole story of Dark Eyes relied to heavily on technobabble to explain the Dalek plan. The explanations were tedious to listen to, although I like the Time Lord's involvement in the story.
Overall, a pretty satisfying if forgettable ending to the Dark Eyes set and a 7/10 from me.
The Dark Eyes set on the whole was pretty good, but the idea of one long story meant that there was a sag in quality in the middle, particularly Fugitives, where we went to places just to fill up time. Another 7/10.
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Reviewed By: RyanOM1991Review Date: 3/8/14 10:38 am
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A satisfying conclusion - the latter half especially so.

With the Doctor and Molly on the run again, the Doctor embarks on a head-on confrontation with "X" and the Daleks.

The first half sets up a promising scenario but seems strangely uninvolving. Again, the consistent jumping from one place to another doesn't really allow for the interesting developments and philosophical moments that were presented in episodes 1 and 3.

The presentation of the Daleks here isn't particularly original and their master plan isn't the most innovative or interesting. There are exterminations but they don't seem to carry the weight that they should.

But the second half really picks up. The truth of "X"'s identity is a genuine shock and Straxus' master plan really does surprise and explains his actions in previous episodes. Ironically, as the Daleks take a backseat and let these two come to the fore, it really improves. Nobody is actually what they seem - it's been done to death but rarely so inventively and effectively as it is here. There is the inevitable self-sacrifice at the climax, but the character is so likeable and selfless that it really hits you hard when it happens.

To sum up the first half is a set-up that might leave you wondering if it's going to fall flat, but the second half really picks it up and gives Dark Eyes the fantastic conclusion that it deserves.