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73. Thicker than Water

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview 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.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/22/17 12:45 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The story finds the Doctor returning to Vilag where he'd left Evelyn. This time he's accompanied Mel and he arrives just in time to see her kidnapped by a political extremist.

This story works very well for its great character character interactions and rock solid acting. The evil plot is interesting but takes a back seat to the characters who are very well-drawn with clear, solid motivations. The interactions between Mel and Evelyn are lovely and the true love between Evelyn and Rositer is just very sweet. Sofia is an intriguing character, with understandably mixed emotions.

At the core of the story, it's about the Doctor and Evelyn to the final moments, which show the Sixth Doctor at his sweetest. Overall, an enjoyable and moving listen.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 2/16/16 10:06 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

'Thicker than Water'manages to perfectly balance drama and action. The flashbacks at the beginning are easy to understand as the writing and directing is sculpts a clear narrative. The story relies more on drama than usual which means there are some great cliffhangers dividing vivid, detailed story. It's also full of feuds and conspiracies. The are some fine performances and the music is a scintillating step up from earlier works. It even manages to excel some of the ones that came after this, like 'The Wishing Beast'. Sebastian Lawrence turns in the standout performance as the suave villain: Andrew Szabo.

I did think the setting was a little pedestrian and wondered by they needed both Mel and Evelyn in this one. Especially, as it's so short as a little more than one and a half hours. The Killorans seem a bit of a silly idea and the puppy-like whining later on almost breaks the mood, it's just so silly. But it finishes off with a superb ending.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 7/19/15 10:24 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Paul Sutton's writing debut in Arrangements for War was a brilliant story that pushed the relationship of the Doctor and Evelyn to the limit and here we get to see the aftereffects of these pushes with the departure of Evelyn through flashbacks and a really good relationship between Evelyn and Mel, who is the main companion in this. It is a highly emotional story but sadly has a few problems with pace. While it is brilliant there are a few places where the pace feels really rushed. Also there are a few similarities to School Reunion but this story is much better than that.