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The setting is superfluous

By:Clive T Wright, St Lawrence, United Kingdom
Date:Thursday 1 November 2012
Rating:   8

Black and white introduces us to some great new companions, with an interesting twist. The introduction of Beowulf is handled well, but lacks something as mixing up an amazing story with aliens isn't original but still handled well. The monster is fun.

Long Plot Fully Confirmed

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Tuesday 5 December 2023
Rating:   7

The previous few entries in the series seemed to be just The Doctor dithering around with Ace and Hex, or dithering around on his own. Black and White brings these things together to show that The Doctor has been acting according to a plan all along. The plan - create an expanded TARDIS team to finally take on The Old Gods. But, of course, things go just a bit wrong. The new team get accidentally split into two time zones about 15 years apart, where they get involved in the adventures of some rough and tumble guy named Beowulf. The story has a good mixture of humor and pathos. We get Ace and Lysandra playing "Who's the Boss?", while Hex and Sally seem to be bonding, and The Doctor is out of it for most of the story, placed in deep freeze by a conman frog from space, played with campy brilliance by Stuart Milligan (Garundel makes a return in the episode Starlight Robbery). The whole is clever and entertaining, though not spectacular.

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