Reviewed By: Drew Vogel
Review Date: 8/22/17 1:13 am
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This has to be one of the least memorable Big Finish releases ever. It's not nearly so bad as to be skip-worthy, IMO (although I am highly skip-averse), so I've heard as many times as I've heard the stories around it. But I remember way less about it. Basically, just that annoying sing-song chant, and that's pretty much it. And that's really not much to hang a story on.
Of course, there's much more to the story than just a little girl chanting "Scaredy Cat" for reasons that have never been clear to me. That's just the memorable part, because it's the title of the story, it's featured in the trailer, and it happens many times throughout the story. Everything else is plot that seems more or less sensible at the time, but doesn't make much of an impression. The upside is that listening to this story is almost like getting a brand new "Doctor Who" story every single time. The downside is that it's always disappointing.
I'm sorry if that sound mean. The story doesn't deserve that. This isn't a really bad story. It even has the benefit of being quite short. And I don't mean that in a "there's less of it to hate" kind of way. The story is as long as it needs to be, and in this case, that's really quite short. I'd much rather it be quite short than to have it padded out just for the sake of reaching an arbitrary minimum run time. Some stories are short, and that's okay. This story isn't very good, but it wouldn't be any better if it were longer.
My real problem with the story is all this business about newly-formed planets being all mystical and strange. Listen, I'm the first to admit that I can't make a plausible logical argument for which blatantly implausible sci-fi concepts are acceptable and which are not. I just know that, for me, the stuff in this story about a sort of living planet sorta thing is not something I'm willing to accept. I can't defend that view, but it is my view, and it is largely why I don't like this story.