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Interesting Time Paradox Plot

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Wednesday 31 May 2017
Rating:   8

"The Paradox Planet" is the first half of a story finished in the next "episode." It's a cracker of a setup story. The basic idea is of a war between worlds, but rather than different worlds, it is the same world in different time periods. The warriors of the future, when the planet is a burnt-out wasteland from over-use of fossil fuels and lack of environmental care, travel 1000 years into the past to the era they believe caused all their environmental catastrophe. Descendants at war with their ancestors is a superb idea. Mistrust, blame, and misunderstanding abound, with plenty of people doing the wrong things for the right reasons. The story provides a good pretext for splitting The Doctor and Romana, giving her quite a bit to do on her own. Romana comes across very strong here, a bit arrogant and very clever. Jonathan Morris has also created a very plausible role for K-9. There are a few clichés and short-cuts that mar the story a little, but overall this is a quite enjoyable time romp with a message that never becomes overbearing at the expense of the story.

As ever, Johnny Timey Wimey business!!

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Sunday 3 March 2019
Rating:   10

Johnny Morris is a better writer than Steven Moffat. Because all of his timey wimey story efforts are always still understandable. Whereas Steven's are mostly unfathomable and lamentable. And also Johnny has the Fourth Doctor totally worked out and gets his character spot on every time.

The Paradox Planet also begins a great great tale for K9. This is great to see the metal mutt get his hour in the lime light. The added brilliance of Simon Rouse and Tom Chadbon also just adds to the great feel of this excellent story. Its a very interesting concept of a planet at war with itself in different time zones!

What I also hugely enjoyed was the pertinent dwelling on the conservation of endangered species, a stance which I agree with and take very seriously indeed. This could easily have been made an Earth story for our species here so many of them are rare and almost extinct and we need to wake up.

In many ways this story resembles Festival of Death, Johnny's first ever Doctor Who book which is still one of his finest ever! In that time is used so interestingly and the characters are all totally real feeling. The standard of actors Big Finish get cannot be denied. This story feels more like the end of season style story! It is yet again another success for Johnny Morris.

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