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77. Other Lives

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 2/19/19 1:40 am
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This is a surprisingly interesting story for an historical that doesn't center around a single major plot point. The Doctor, Charley, and C'rizz pop back to The Great Exhibition of 1851 and through a combination of ill preparation, bad timing, and happenstance all end up separated and stranded in three individual dilemas. Mistaken identities and assumed personas take the forefront in all 3 and tie well together into an interwoven theme. Each story is plausible in its own way given the times and the types of underhanded men who might try to prey on travellers at a major event. The whole thing is compelling through most of the story but it falls apart a bit at the rather abrupt and unexplained ending. The plot convenience in the final 10 minutes or so knocked my rating down from a 9 to an 8; not bad enough to ruin the story but enough to detract heavily from it. There's also a bit of uneven behavior from C'rizz but that's come to be expected with his portrayal across the board. I'm not sure anyone quite knew what to do with his character at all and each writer seems to pull him in a different direction. Anyway, this is a solid story and the best since 8 and his crew returned from the Divergent Universe.
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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 7/11/18 1:02 am
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Better than I expected this one. The doctor and companions get stuck in the past when the tardis takes leave of them and they must go on living until it returns. The guest cast is exquisite and I can’t get enough of some of the names for side characters.
Also the duke of Wellington is brill!
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 8/27/17 3:34 am
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The upside of this story is that it's quite different. There's no other story quite like it, and I'm a big fan of stories that stretch the format. I'm glad this story was made, and I'm glad so many people seem to enjoy it so much. But it just doesn't work for me.

It's not really a story at all. It's just a loosely-connected series of events, which depends on several coincidences. There's a wisp of a plot about an attempted assassination against a couple of French dignitaries (played for no obvious reason by India Fisher and Conrad Westmaas), but it doesn't amount to much. And then there's a separate story about C'rizz being forced to appear as a freakshow exhibit. Finally, the Doctor meets a woman who somehow convinces herself that he is her missing husband. There are incidental (or coincidental) connections between each of these stories, but they don't amount to much. There's nothing seriously wrong with any of the stories, and they're all well-written and well-acted. It just all seems arbitrary and completely inconsequential.

It's an interesting curiosity, and it's reasonably enjoyable to listen to (especially Ron Moody's performance as the Duke of Wellington), but personally I just don't care for it.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 10/18/16 6:35 am
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This month's listeners title, "Other Lives" is a story where the Tardis crew is stranded and separated in Victorian England. Overall I felt the story was quite slow and hard to get into but the performances by McGann, Fisher and the characters for play the Duke of Wellington and Georgina Marlow.

An above average story that may get a higher rating on repeat listens.