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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 3/18/16 6:06 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Hunters of the Earth, is an Audio Go / Big Finish release and dates back to around 2012. It is a drama which is superbly acted. Carole Ford reprises her role as Vicki, the Doctors granddaughter who is trying to hide her educational abilities from her Coal Hill students. Cleverly set amidst the 60’s, in swinging sixties, London. We have the British Invasion being often referenced within this drama, and other iconic elements of the era. It also has references to Radio Luxemburg and the like, which, adds to the overall general feel of the era, coupled with it being so soon after the second world war, there is a story plot of using a Jewish ex-German patriot who escaped Nazi Germant for a new life in England, running a coffee shop, another popular cultural reference to the era. What all of this establishes is an overriding mood of the time, it establishes that period of Great Britain slowly moving out of the cold dark war years into the 60’s where everything was possible, the future was brighter, as were the clothes, the music and the mood. It was also the era of the teenager. Vicki is certainly one of those albeit a Gallifrian one, but she is trying her best to fit in to the time. Unlike her grandfather who is doing everything he can to repair his beloved Type 40 to allow them to leave, however there is a problem, it comes to the attention of the pre-military UNIT army that subversive, hypnotic suggestive techniques are being tested, and it is not soon before Vicki, and her grandfather the Doctor are drawn in. What happens will certainly mould the future of the whole Who-verse.
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Reviewed By: Foxtrot428Review Date: 8/24/15 6:57 am
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Hunters of Earth is a good little story and a good start to the Destiny of the Doctor series, it's an interesting idea and it really gets into the idea of the 1960s background more than any other story, it does however have one glaring fault. If you follow the strict Doctor Who timeline of events this one does mess up An Unearthly Child somewhat, in that story the Doctor panics and leaves Earth immediately after two schoolteachers stumble upon them, however in Hunters of Earth it seems that he decides to stay after a full on mind control, alien attack adventure. It won't however, really impact the overall enjoyment of a good story.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 7/29/15 1:52 pm
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Hunters of Earth is the inaugural story of the Destiny of the Doctor miniseries and features during Season Zero of Doctor Who, before the meeting of the Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara. You would think that this would make the Doctor the crotchety and defensive old man as seen in An Unearthly Child, which yes you do see him more defensive of Susan, even at one point threatening to leave early, but never is as crotchety. I think this is more that we see the Doctor through the eyes of Carol Ann Ford's Susan than the performance of William Hartnell.

Taking place about two months before the events of An Unearthly Child, Hunters of Earth is excellent at showing Susan's relationship to the other students of Coal Hill School. She even has a love interest in Cedric at one point, although that doesn't work out for a very sensible reason. That is where the story shines in Susan's interactions with others especially in the coffee bar scene and how she holds her own against the alien threat. The threat of the story is also a very small one, being faceless, which again allows more focus on characters. The story is filled with little Easter eggs and an unseen cameo from a future incarnation of the Doctor making for a fun story.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/26/15 1:04 am
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This story kicks off Destiny of the Doctor and features Susan experience some random attacks for being "an alien" at Cole Hill School as random outbursts against her and other "aliens" keep happening periodically while someone is taking unwanted interest in the Doctor and his granddaughter.

Overall, this is a very well-made story. My hats off first of all to Carole Ann Ford and Tam Williams whose acting talents make this feel like more than two people are reading. I particularly like Carole Ann Ford's First Doctor. She imbues him with the warmth of grandfatherly relationship and concern which really helps make that relationship special.

The soundscape is also very nice capturing the 60s feel, particularly with a few musical bits.

As to the story, it's solid. It's not spectacular and the message is telegraphed and if anything, a tad weakened by the ending. But I do like how all the plots DON't exactly fit together. Not everything is a conspiracy and it gives the story a touch of realism. I also like how it makes Susan very relatable.

The end part was a bit weird but seemed to shoehorn in the overaching plot. Overall, a very enjoyable beginning.