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2.1 - Dead London

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 3/19/15 1:52 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Pat Miles is the writer of the Lost Story The Song of Megaptera, and where I really didn't like that story for it's ecological message being presented like a brick being thrown at your face repeatedly. Dead London however has none of these setbacks of using an old script, but feels very fresh. Miles is able to use his comic book writing skills to make a nice story reminiscent of the war games portions of The War Games. It sadly is kind of slow in places but give it a listen for some great acting.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/11/15 9:03 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The concept of, "Dead London" is that when the Doctor and Lucie come to London for Lucie to do some shopping, they find themselves separated and at the same time they find London in very different periods. The Doctor lands in 2008, and then all the sudden finds himself condemned to hang in the 17th Century while Lucie stumbles into World War I London.

As a idea, it's very reminiscent of the Classic Doctor Who TV story, "The War Games" except rather than playing out over 8 1/2 half hour episodes, the story plays out over 45 minutes. To be clear, the actual solution to what's going on is a bit different and is actually pretty clever. I think it doesn't work in this format in a single episode as the story seems to rush too much with some odd pacing. When Lucie and the Doctor were apart during the first half, we were changing from one to another at a rate where scenes didn't actually finish making it hard to keep up. This also led to a the solution being practically handed to the Doctor on a silver platter.

The acting, however, remains solid. Sheridan Smith does a good job with what little material she's given to work with and the guest cast is exemplary. Still, this was a so-so premier for the 2nd Season of Eighth Doctor Adventures.
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Reviewed By: jemgoodyReview Date: 10/3/12 11:22 pm
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I enjoyed the "mental spin". Fun timey wimey jumps. Great use of voices. 8 of 10
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Reviewed By: MTLReview Date: 5/27/11 9:02 am
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An incredibly fast-paced and very impressive debut script from Pat Mills. This is by no means a simple story, involving different periods of London being a river trip away. The excellent sound design makes each location sound distinct but unmistakeably London - no easy task. Indeed Vansittart had just as dificult a job playing one character but at the same time what sounds like half the cast! Very impressive performance matching the sound design in his differentition of essentially the same character. (This makes more sense once you've heard the story)

McGann and Sheridan are having a ball of a time and their breathless performance match the fast pace and keep a consistent high energy. While Lucie could have been easily side-lined, Sheridan makes her scenes come alive, her hiding from a menacing blind man being suitably creepy. McGann on the other hand has to avoid a hanging, confront the villain and even go on a self-made zipwire!

An incredibly endergetic and fun audio that whisks you onto a ride that you don't want to end, with a fair few complex ideas that intrigue rather than confuse.