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Very gritty

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Friday 30 November 2012
Rating:   10

Marc Platt writing a story ensures youre not going to be able to really have any clue as to what is going to happen in a story. Hes got such a mind on him! And that this story was originally a near complete script from Chris Bailey is enough to peak my interest. No, it is not a mara tale, but like those two excellent tales, this lost story has a really good central theme. Here the androids are all rather soulless and really grab the attention, and the acting of the three main guest stars Honour Blackman, David Warner and Adrian Lukis means youre bound to not be dissappointed at all. There are plenty of taught moments throughout this story, from the defence systems penetration of the TARDIS to the Doctor once more losing his mind for a little while to some rather unpleasant alien. And the mentioning of Ragnarok was good to hear,, but the Gods dont appear in this story, and yet the eye symbol was a good misleading device that fooled me for a long while. I love every so often the story that you cant guess at all whats going to occur, and this story is one of them. Peter Davison and the two girl crew remain on excellent form too, guaranteeing this story is a great climax to the trilogy of fifth doctor lost tales. Those who like weirdness will not be disappointed in the slightest.

A Bit Disappointing

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Thursday 30 May 2019
Rating:   7

Given the origins of this adventure as a Christopher Bailey script, I guess I was hoping for something a bit more philosophically substantial than it is. There is some playing around with the concepts of probabilities, but this never gets fully integrated into the main story, remaining as a tantalizing tit bit. The story itself has Doctor 5, Tegan, and Nyssa responding to a call for help (maybe?) that takes them to a future society in the midst of social collapse and a coup d'etat by the conniving head minister. The demented, old Autarch, May He Live Forever (David Warner), cannot keep control any more and wants to cede power while retaining his own prestige. His estranged consort (Honor Blackman) desperately tries to change his mind, but cannot get past Minister Byzan (Adrian Lukis) to see him. Byzan is illegally using androids (against a law he himself made) to help him stir up fear using a made-up demon named Seth to rile public sentiment into accepting a war and martial law. There is quite a bit of court intrigue in the whole thing, with some analogs to mythology of the kind that Bailey used in Kinda and Snakedance. This one is probably best listened to twice to get the full sense of the relationships of all the characters to each other and to their society.

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