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|Gripping Part 1, Strange Part 2|
|By:||Doug, Pocono Summit, PA, USA|
|Date:||Friday 31 July 2009|
|Rating: || 8|
Part 1 of Wirrn Dawn really captures a bit of the feel of 70s Doctor Who, combining it with the newer Eighth Doctor elements for an interesting result. This is a very gripping episode, with some good action segments, great sound design, and genuinely humorous dialogue, in the midst of the deadly dangerous situations. The "blue button" shtick between Lucie and the Doctor in their space suits is laugh out loud funny!
When we get into the second episode, we know there's a particularly nasty thing happening to one of the characters, but the way the Doctor handles it, or doesn't, as it may be, seems to run counter to what we would expect from him. Or maybe it's his calm acceptance of what's happening that is so strange here. Is this bad writing, or is this simply stretching the Doctor's character in an interesting way? I'd be more inclined to say it's the latter, but somehow it leaves me with mixed feelings, and a mild sense of dissatisfaction with the ending...
|Pace, energy, original, Excellent|
Wirrn dawn has high energy and pace, although at the start very simular to a certain space bug movie, it is still fast and fun a great listen
|By:||C G Harwood, Dunedin, NZ, New Zealand|
|Date:||Monday 16 November 2009|
|Rating: || 6|
I Love these BBC7 8th doctor series, but I really dont know how to feel about this one. The main problem for me is that this whole episode is to much like the movies Starship troupers.
I think the storys main problem is that it follows The Beast of Orlock which I thort was brillant and my expectations were very high, so the only way this one could go was down.
The acting is of a reasnible standard and to have Colin Salmon in Doctor Who again was great. The Doctor and Lucy were good again and I love the bit where she is trying to convince the Doctor to just get back in the TARDIS and leave is wonderful.
The end where he is just watching the Admiral change and not trying to save her was a little confusing aswell, i just couldn't see any Doctor just standing around and watching this happening - oh well that just me i think.
All in all it was a good and it was great to see the Wirrn again. But all the way threw this I expected to hear the cast of Starship Troupers turn up.
|By:||David Layton, Los Angeles, United States|
|Date:||Monday 21 February 2022|
|Rating: || 7|
One of the patterns of Big Finish with Doctor 8 is to try to rehabilitate monsters from the past, to make them no longer monsters. Wirrn Dawn exemplifies this. The Doctor and Lucie get caught up in a war between humans and the Wirrn. They crash land on a planet with three human survivors of the battle, surrounded by Wirrn. However, one of the humans has memories of what his grandfather told him about surviving by cooperating to an extent with the Wirrn rather than fighting against them. There is much dialogue from the Doctor about how life works and that survival is the basic drive, so one should not put too much stock into notions of good and evil where survival is at stake. The ending seems a bit too magical for me. An awful lot of force fitting the plot to get us there made it less than effective for me.