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Fits Right Back In

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Monday 15 November 2021
Rating:   7

Big Finish brought back Lucie Miller, but since she's dead, they had to create stories that fit within the already finished series. So, we get four stories that occur right after the end of Human Resources. There is a general story arc, important only in story 1 and story 4. In other respects, each of these is a standalone episode, each having a different writer. Story 1 is The Dalek Trap by Nicholas Briggs. This one finds some Daleks, a couple of lost space travellers, The Doctor and Lucie, trapped just inside the event horizon of a black hole, slowly losing their memories and coming under the influence of "The Darkness." This all has something to do with something The Doctor did long ago. The story is mostly a Lucie story, re-establishing the character and justifying her as a worthy companion. Story 2 is The Revolution Game. It's a mixture of Roller Ball and Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Word for World is Forest." This is the story meant to be both fun and serious. Story 3 is the least effective in my view. The House on the Edge of Chaos is a kind of haunted house in outer space, with extreme Downton Abbey overtones. Story 4 brings it back together. Island of the Fendahl returns us to "Image of the Fendahl," sort of. Alan Barnes has decided to write it as a full-on no hiding it pastiche of "The Wicker Man." Are there any islands off the coast of the main British isle that still contain an obnoxious inbred populace devoted to sacrificial pagan rituals? If so, why does the British government not do something about it? The story does close the circuit on the series. This collection does what it says on the box - it gives us adventures of Lucie Miller. Those who love Lucie Miller will probably love this collection. I find that the one-hour format for stories can still be quite limiting in terms of characterization and thematic development.

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