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|A Part 1... Crystals and Intrigue|
|By:||Doug, Pocono Summit, PA, USA|
|Date:||Saturday, September 05, 2009|
The Eight Truths is the first part of a two-part season ending story for this third Eighth Doctor and Lucie season. Something is disrupting the operations of government satellites, and the Doctor offers his expertise on the matter. Having left Lucie at their hotel before dashing off early for that, she runs into Karen, the Headhunter's old assistant, outside the hotel, and is persuaded by her to go and check out The Eightfold Truth, an organization that she says teaches a "life course." Lucie begins to be influenced by the strange, insidious crystals being used by the members, and is persuaded along to their "Center of Balance," which is located at a former BBC television center. All of this results in the Doctor getting knocked out of action for a rather long time, and by the time he's coherent again, a new sun has approached Earth (the "rebel sun" of the Eightfold Truth prophecy), the population is in a panic, and Lucie has become very strongly involved in the rapidly growing, cultish Eightfold Truth organization. I will not reveal some major spoilers about what happens near the end of this story, and I hope other reviewers keep it to themselves too - the end of episode 2 is one of those OMG, no WAY! kind of developments, which reveals yet another old alien, and also finally explains what happens at the end of episode 1. Very cool. And in addition to all of this, we have the involvement of the Headhunter, and a certain Gallifreyan artifact... So another important thing happening here is that the ongoing storyline left dangling at the end of Orbis is finally picked up again in earnest.
Well written and produced, The Eight Truths is set in contemporary England (well, 2012 actually), along with some of today's issues, like global warming and economic troubles. The members of The Eightfold Truth speak like many of today's "New Age" authorities, and the story seems to be poking fun at or criticizing these movements, or turning them around into something truly nasty here. With a good script, good incidental music, and nice direction, The Eight Truths is a gripping, thought provoking and snappy production.
Now we'll see if it all holds up in the final story of the season, Worldwide Web.