Post by Star Platinum on Oct 15, 2019 23:23:24 GMT
Platt is back on form after a poor showing a few releases earlier.
A solid chunk of the story is built developing the family that Stephen and co are staying with, but once the alien arrives the story picks up and we get to the meat of it.
Purves plays this story exceptionally well, he doesn't overly sound like Hartnell, but he captures his cadence and mannerisms quite well. Each character has a developed and distinct voice, and there is no issue telling anyone apart.
Platt uses the narration to establish a more visual aspect to the story, he's an excellent writer and can play to the strengths of the medium.
my only concern is the framing story, everything is wrapped up nicely, but I can't see a spot for the framing story to happen.
a few nods to the savages show that Stephens time is coming to a close.
The Companion Chronicles have found their niche, I just wish that the more recent releases would strive to be closer to the two hander formula, rather than the early adventures light style.
In this story, we see Kade the family man. Then the not so family man. Bad joke aside, this is a huge bit of development for him. He’s now far more focused on wiping out the daleks. His treatment of the PoW is particularly telling.
Landen is also getting more screen time and I like what I hear. She’s tough as nails, but I can’t shake a slight matronly feeling about her with her exchanges with kade.
What the Daleks did to Ollander is particularly vile. To kill is one thing, buy stripping someone of their very identity is disgusting.
I'm mixed on this story, as a Doctor who, the Doctor is far too passive. As a Dalek Empire, it doesn't feel like it carries the same weight to it the other stories do.
Revisiting Spiridon was good, even though it makes the story fairly continuity heavy. Seems like the Daleks were breeding, Having just watched PotD there's only Ten Thousand of them, this story bumps it up to 1.1 million daleks.
Overall, this feels more like an advertisement for the Dalek Empire range than a story in its own right.
Post by Star Platinum on Oct 24, 2019 21:22:50 GMT
The Girl Who Never Was.
This is a fantastic way to cap off the Eighth Doctor's journey with Charley.
It's amazing that after a rough time in the divergent universe and their journeys immediately after , that come to this story it's back to business as usual, as much as Charley protests.
There are lots of lovely nods and call backs to the various journeys and adventures they've been through. I never caught the paradox of Charley sowing the temporal corrosion in previous listens, clever writing there.
The cast is great, Anna Massy is particularly good as Miss Pollard.
The only thing I'm unsure of is Byron, how were there two of them? Oh Well.
The endings, both of them, are fantastic. While I despair for another case of amnesia (This particular really should wear a helmet) Paul McGann really sells the feelings he's going through.
In particular, McGann's doctor really has grown from this story to Ravenous what a journey.
The post credits scene is a particularly well done bit of sound design, for anyone with a good ear, they know the door is off and the trial theme seals the deal.
I want to mention the cover briefly, the rusty Cyberman is gorgeous, but i'm surprised the New Series hasn't swiped that look. Seriously, we have wooden cyberman but not rusty!
Absolutely fantastic end of an era, and a clever set up for the beginning of a new one.
Post by Star Platinum on Oct 28, 2019 22:13:02 GMT
Just to start, the sound design is this story is absolutely fantastic, it really sells the tone of this. it's superbly haunting and well used.
Louise is an excellent narrator, each character is distinct and her Jessica in particular is well done.
I'm not crazy about creating companions like Lord Douglas like this, similar to Gemma and Samson they exist only because the story demands it. There is very little substance to the characters and frankly, I've never seen the point to it.
The Z'Nai are a great creation and the central conceit that they're all altered to look and sound like Hombrackle is perfect for the cast limitations of the companion chronicles.
My only really annoyance with the story is that Leela becomes the catalyst for a disease capable of wiping the Z'nai out, but we don't know when this happens.
a small mis step that tarnishes the story, but that aside a strong release.
This one really didn't do much for me. There's nothing bad per say, but the story just doesn't grab me the way it should. Especially for a landmark story like a companion departure.
The Hamlet nods are nice, they work well in this setting, but it feels like they take to long to pay off. Arcturus sounds like a cyberman half the time.
Pandora, Yasmin Bannerman shines. She plays the role quite well and is pleasant to hear. Pelleas, frankly comes off as a bit wet, and having recently watched the The Green Death, the romance between him and Erimem comes off closer to that of Leela and Andred rather than that of Jo and Prof Jones.
The last part of the story also doesn't quite mesh with the first three episodes and Sehkmet doesn't carry the weight that Sutekh does.
A passable final story for Erimem, but frankly I feel she deserved better.
Full disclosure, I’ve never seen a single episode of Top Gear. I do remember hearing about Jeremy Clarkson getting the boot.
That being said, Graeme Garden plays him EXTREMELY well.
This story is just tons of fun. Everyone involved is having an absolute blast. The pace is fantastic, the story just works extremely well. Then the actors and sound designers just bring it to the next level. I couldn’t help but notice that the main song used in the story is also used in the podcast from years and years ago.
Still here and still reading mate so keep posting!
In fact, I'm in a hotel and the footy is on so I'm going to go back to your pg.1 and have a re-read (still think you were harsh on The Genocide Machine, but all is forgiven).
I find I'm overly hard on both Sylvester and Sophie. They can be very erratic as performers. But as the main performer, the biggest burden is placed on the two of them. But when they're on their A game (Protect and Survive, Colditz, Death in the Family ect.) They're some of the best stories BF has produced.