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Original and refreshing

By:Clive T Wright, St Lawrence, United Kingdom
Date:Wednesday 8 May 2013
Rating:   10

Seeds of war starts in traditional style, arriving at the wrong time and quickly gives the Doctor and Mel a mystery. However this twists into a far bigger and refreshingly original plot in which the Doctor himself is a pawn.

Seeds of war builds a strong vision of a galaxy on the edge of starvation and a hidden evil working in the shadows.

Great story.

By the Numbers

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Tuesday 17 May 2022
Rating:   7

"The Seeds of War" gives us an introduction to / return of The Eminence, the most boring of the Big Finish original villains. It's another villain bent on taking over the universe, but this time they are never given a plausible motivation for doing so. In this adventure, The Eminence is mostly just a low, whispering voice in The Doctor's head, making all kinds of grandiose threats. Fortunately, there is no demonic laugh, so they don't tick off all the boxes for cliché villain. The story itself is an interesting departure for Big Finish in that, as they point out on the cd extras, each episode is a change of location from the previous episode. Each location change makes the episode a slightly different kind of story from the other episodes. Apart from that, the plot is a by-the-numbers story in which the heroes get separated from TARDIS, desperately try to get back to the TARDIS, but inevitably get drawn into the local conflict becoming the only ones who can solve the problem. The best part of this particular story is the Doctor 6 and Mel relationship, which gets developed far more than we got to see in 1986. Big Finish continue with their characterization of Mel as highly intelligent and highly moral (in a good way), a far better character than the TV series portrayed her.

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