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72. Terror Firma

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 8/15/17 4:27 pm
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"Terror Firma" is not a got a good story, but it has a good story buried somewhere in it. It's got several stories in it, and they don't really fit together very well. They're constantly pulling against one another, and the result is a confused muddle of a story that doesn't seem to have any significance at all. In some ways, this is typical of Joseph Lidster. Remember Ace's brother Liam? Remember how meeting him was very important in that one story, but he hasn't had any significance since? Well, get ready to meet Samson and Gemma....

To give credit where it is due, the Samson/Gemma backstory is by far the best and most memorable part of "Terror Firma", and it's what most people talk about when they talk about "Terror Firma". The idea of the Doctor having had previous companions that he's forgotten about is quite interesting, and the story of how Davros used them to conquer the Earth is powerful and chilling. But that's all just backstory to "Terror Firma", which isn't nearly as good. The problem is that you can't just introduce new former companions and expect the audience to care about them as much as we care about actual companions. The brief glimpses we get of Samson and Gemma suggest that they would be likable enough companions if we ever got to hear their adventures, but we don't. We just hear about them.

Gemma and Samson are a wonderful bit of backstory, but in this story (the only audio story to date in which they actually appear), they are bland, forgettable characters. If Samson and Gemma were actual former companions, it would be incredibly disappointing that they never even meet in this story, and that Gemma is killed "off-screen" as part of C'rizz's story, which has very little to do with anything else that's happening.

C'rizz's story is also interesting, building as it does on the revelations about his backstory that we got in "The Next Life". The final scene of "Terror Firma" is very good, as we hear C'rizz musing that he expects he'll eventually have to "save" (he means "kill") the Doctor and Charley. This is another nice idea that never really goes anywhere.

Frankly, nothing about this story works. None of it feels real because none of it seems to have any consequences. I mean, the Daleks conquered the Earth, using a plague which allowed them to turn people into Daleks (just like "Dalek Empire III"). Eight billion Daleks! But in the end the Daleks just leave, and everything's fine. When does this story take place? It sounds more-or-less contemporary, and "eight billion" implies the near future , but it can't be. How come no one in the future ever mentions the time when the Daleks turned almost the entire human population of Earth into Daleks? This clearly isn't meant to be one of those stories that never really happened, like "Jubilee", but it must be. This story simply can't have happened. It's just too unbelievable.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 11/29/16 4:05 am
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Wow, I loved Terror Firma, Davros was spectacular with his split personality disorder, his laugh in episode 1 is genuinely creepy and I loved it, proving this is Molloy's best performance as of writing. McGann was great, Charlie and C'rizz were great. Parts 1 and 2 were the best and would've given it 10/10 however the story does lose a bit of steam throughout the rest but I did find this story was a cracker and highly recommend it. Terror Firma = 9/10
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 7/10/15 3:51 pm
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Terror Firma is the first Eighth Doctor story to feature in our own universe since Zagreus which should be a triumphant return to something familiar. I can honestly say that although an admirable effort on the part of Joseph Lidster to craft a classic story revealing what happened to Davros and the Daleks after Remembrance of the Daleks. Terror Firma is full of these good ideas like that the Daleks take over Earth while the Doctor is in the Divergent Universe which makes a lot of sense and is the most interesting aspect of the story other than that two companions of the Doctor who we haven't met yet are brainwashed into working for the Daleks. It really is an interesting dilemma that leads up to the beginning of Storm Warning. Gemma and Samson Griffen are great characters and I wouldn't mind a return from them, but the story doesn't serve the characters as much as it should have and while a good story just doesn't do as much as it could.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/3/15 2:45 am
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Terror Firma sees the return of the Doctor from the Divergent Universe and also the first (and so far only) encounter between the Eighth Doctor and Davros. There are some great concepts played with including the introduction of two pre-Charley Companions who traveled with the Doctor between the Movie and Storm Warning.

The plot hinges on Davros who has become even more warped by the desire for vengeance. The story really turns on his twisted tortured stratagems that seem designed more to punish or destroy the Doctor or to achieve his secondary goal of reclaiming his humanity. Some of the plot loses momentum as writer Joseph Lidster struggles to tie all of his disparate plot threads together.

However, the story because of strong characters and actors. McGann has one of his strong performances since Neverland. The Doctor has some great moments of self-revelation while also having some moments of self-doubt and regret over what happened to Jemma and Samson.

Davros is a fascinating characters with his schizophrenia and his battle to maintain control of his own mind. Even through his evil schemes, he's a broken man who doesn't seem to care whether he lives or dies.

Charley felt very real and raw. She's able to encourage the Doctor in one moment while dealing with the horror of what he almost did. While C'Rizz seems almost to have been rewritten, this is a solid story that makes the character far more interesting.

Overall, despite its flaws, this is a great welcome back for the Doctor to his home universe. The cast does a good job, and the characters are compelling and make you want to learn more about their adventures.