Synopsis Decades ago, the mysterious time-travelling Doctor and his cheerful companion Mel became the toast of the planet Prosper, when they brokered a peace between the native Mogera and humans from the colony ship The Duke of Milan.
But when the TARDIS at last returns to Prosper, the Doctor, Mel and their associate Ace find only a warzone. The burrowing Mogera have become brutal monsters, dominated by their terrifying leader Caliban – and it's all the Doctor's fault!
Written By: Matthew J Elliott Directed By: Ken Bentley
CAST Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Bonnie Langford (Mel), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Andrew Hall (Alonso/Caliban/Gonzalo), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Miranda), Rachel Atkins (Juno), Ewan Goddard (Talpa), Aaron Neil (Stephano/Klossi/Trink/Setebos). Other parts portrayed by the cast.
Its good but I'm not sure Mel's absolute moral certainty is of any use in the long run, The fact that its confirmed that she's back to restrain the Doctor going to far doesn't work. this was a story that needed the Doctor's cold fury fully unleased and Mel saying "you've gone too far Doctor I'm leaving", rather then the potential you've got now, the Doctor thinking about a course and Mel going "I don't think you should do that Doctor" "Oh alright Mel I won't".
The story itself was solid and fine but again the effort to keep Ace from reverting to TV version is becoming noticeable as Sophie says herself in the interviews.
In summary this season was enjoyable (Fiesta of the Dammed being my personal favourite), and it would have been an ideal progression on TV had Bonnie stayed, however it was either a step backwards or a stall in terms of coming after the pervious 7th Doc Audios IMO, but I'm interested in finding out what BF have planned next for him and whatever companion(s) he has next year.
Post by barnabaslives on Sept 13, 2016 14:11:23 GMT
I liked this a lot, well done all around and very well written throughout. The only thing that didn't sit well with me were that some of the characters waxed a bit buffoonish, even though I have to admit I think it was particularly well applied. (I realize that buffoonery is most likely authentic to the period, but I'm not terribly fond of it and it may well have seemed even more out of place here at the end of a trilogy that seemed to me to be going in a different direction and getting away from that and Glitz).
I'm generally pleased with the way the relationships between The Doctor, Ace and Mel are coming along in these stories and they seem to be moving along in a plausible manner even if part of that is things moving slowly as Ace and Mel are still getting to know each other. It seems like it might be a good point of departure for wherever the stories want to go next and I can think of it as a welcome calm before the storm if we ever end up getting into things like the Moral Melanie vs Conniving Doctor standoff that I'm hoping never happens. I would most certainly welcome more stories with this TARDIS team.
The extended extras are available for download now.
The shortest Extended Extra in a while (if ever?) barely 10 minutes longer then version included with the story and in fact repeats Sophie telling us about getting a copy of Ace's Timeline from Tim (Billy2) and ironically in my mind considering this trilogy talking about the character progression of Ace from TV till now.
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