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Middle of the Road Doctor Who

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Sunday 11 February 2018
Rating:   6

Another trick Big Finish is using to keep the brand interesting is to create unlikely pairings of companions - Ace and Mel, for instance. Here we get Constance and Flip. The story of this is rather old hat for Big Finish. A race of alien warriors has arrived on Earth to chase down a fugitive who brings with him advanced alien technology. The warriors then bring their war to Earth as well. The Doctor must straighten this out. The story also resolves where the Doctor/Constance story is going. She insists on going home, but the Doctor takes her there a little later (only by a few months) than expected. They say their goodbyes, then alien intrusion kicks in and back together they are, only this time Constance now believes her husband to be dead. Of course, we know that is not the case. There is a strange contrivance by which the aliens snatch Flip from her wedding in 2012 and whisk her off to Vienna, 1949. The plot has some gaping holes. For instance, just how does Kinvar know who the Doctor is and what a TARDIS is? This is never explained. More than anything else, the weak plotting drags down this story.

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