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2.3 - War Against the Laan

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 2/16/19 2:49 am
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This story is part 2 in a pair of connected releases and contains episodes 4-5 of 5.

A fairly stagnant ending to a story that started out big on concepts. Hayley Atwell in particular was wasted here as her character of President Moorkurk is shallow and unconvincingly written to the point that it drags down what's left of the plot. The events fizzle more than wind down and the story overall doesn't leave much of an impression. It's especially strange that a 5-parter in a normally 2 or 4 part range would be so padded. It's hard to see the justification for the extra runtime.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/15/15 5:27 pm
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'War Against the Laan' picks up where 'The Sands of Life' left off, and like the last one the music is a hodge-podge of musical styles from the Pertwee and Baker Eras. Again, this one is dialogue driven and drags on interminably. Listening to the preceding story, 'The Sands of Life', is essential, but did it need two parts and why was the first one three episodes? Also, what happened to the new born baby Laan, the part and what was Cuthbert's experiment that was disrupted by the Laan attack? Couple of nice twists but the resolution is disappointingly simple, and this all feels like set up for the two part finale when Cuthbert returns. Cuthbert and the Conglomerate originated from Audio Visuals' Conglomerate stories.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 11/9/15 9:29 pm
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War Against the Laan continues the story begun in The Sands of Life and is supposed to be a dramatic turning point. It's shorter than The Sands of Life, but it is much more boring as the plot becomes The Beast Below and The Green Death completely. It seems whenever Nicholas Briggs writes for the Fourth Doctor the story isn't as good.

The best bits of the story is whenever the Doctor and Romana are together, but the comedy done here is painful to listen to as it isn't interesting. David Warner is doing his best here but can't save the awful production. It's a real shame considering the small cast are all stars with Hayley Atwell from Blood of the Daleks and Toby Hadoke from Moth's Ate My Doctor Who Scarf and Who's Round also by Big Finish. It does a disservice to Mary Tamm as she has nothing interesting to do here and feels like her part would be better served for Carol Ann Ford's Susan Foreman.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/17/15 9:39 am
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War Against the Laan features a great cast included David Warner and Hugh Frasier along with Tom Baker and the late great Mary Tamm. Unfortunately, the script really lets down a solid cast in a piece that has a LOT of talking and aliens who are supposed to be like animals spawning having a varying degree of actual self-awareness. This is probably the worst 4th Doctor play since Destination Nerva, only made worse by the fact that this was a story told across two CDs. There was some interesting hints about Cuthbert (David Warner)'s true origins that do provide hope for the Series 2 finale.