Reviewed By: Drew Vogel
Review Date: 8/19/17 12:21 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
You're definitely better off having listened to "Arrangements for War" before listening to this, so you should probably do that. Why wouldn't you, anyway? This story is pretty good, but "Arrangements for War" is much better. Honestly, the main selling point of this story, besides the novelty value of the Mel/Evelyn meet-up, is that it's a sequel to "Arrangements for War".
Speaking of Mel, this is the last release in Year of Mel, and probably the worst from a strictly Mel perspective. It's not a bad story by any means (I expect many fans prefer this to "Catch-1782"), but it's not a particularly good story for Mel. She's in it, she gets enough to do, and she's fine, but it's much more of an Evelyn story than it is a Mel story.
And what an Evelyn story it is! I love how this story gives us a chance to jump ahead in Evelyn's time line and see what happens to her after she leaves the Doctor. And I love that we can have a story like this and yet still have lots and lots more stories with her before she leaves the Doctor. And now that Maggie Stables is sadly no longer with us, it's really nice that we got a story like this when we did.
"Thicker Than Water" is a much more conventional "Doctor Who" story than "Arrangements for War" was, and that's the main reason why it just doesn't quite live up, in my opinion. "Arrangements for War" had a typical "Doctor Who" lurking in the background, but the threat of the Killoran invasion was really little more than a kind of MacGuffin. It motivated the plot, but was really only a small part of the story. "Thicker Than War" is much more like a typical "Doctor Who" adventure. Of course, there's nothing wrong with that (or else I'd hardly be here),but it just isn't as fresh as new as "Arrangements for War".
It's still a strong story in its own right, and it's got some really lovely character moments involving the Doctor and Evelyn. And it's got that beautiful epilogue that I won't say anything about, except to say that it's such a wonderful moment. And of course it's lovely to have Gabriel Woolf back as Rossiter. Despite failing to live up to the impressive standard set by its predecessor, this story is still wonderfully enjoyable from start to finish.