I think my favourite was actually Jonah. A very unique setup. Planet of the Ogrons was a good one too, the cover Dalek lived up to its hype. Julie McKenzie's Twelve is a delight too, would be very happy to hear more of this incarnation.
I forgot to post my thoughts on Planet of the Ogrons last night; too gripped with the football!
Really loved the story. Paul and Rakhee are on good form, Julia McKenzie and Jon Culshaw are both wonderful. Nick Briggs is great as The Overseer Dalek too. The throwbacks to past stories used an interesting slant and didn’t feel there for the sake of it. Love how the story balances between light and dark, with a few chuckles but also some grim stuff. The latter of which makes me think we’re due a Dalek Empire: Time War surely?
Good lord, the Overseer was quite camp. I was thinking of Tobias Vaughn before Nick confirmed him as an influence in the extras.
Jonah was part of what I hope doesn't become a trend in these stories, where the Time Lords and Daleks vie for a game changer to win the War with, and neither get it in the end because it decides not to fall into either set of hands/suckers.
For me the MVP of the set is Julia McKenzie as the Twelve. She's like a sitcom's worth of main and recurring characters all in the same body. If Big Finish were to branch out into doing a sitcom, I'd buy it, especially if Julia McKenzie plays the matriarchal character.
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I was a little indifferent to In the Garden of Death. It’s just a run around that details with yet another loss of memory for the Eighth Doctor. McKenzie is lots of fun though and the sound design is great. It’s so nice to have proper sounding Time War Daleks. It made the scene where they surround the cell really effective.
Jonah was good. McKenzie continued to be the highlight. I think there’s scope for a Time War set involving The Eleven / Twelve; depending entirely on how Ravenous pans out, of course. The Daleks and the Time Lords battling over a superweapon is getting a little repetitive now. I’m surprised Ollistra is little more than a cameo this time round too.
Bit of a mixed set overall, for me, much like the first. One top notch, one good and two that I thought were okay. Bliss is a better character in this than the first set, but I’m still quite indifferent to her; I think she’ll just end up becoming a weapon of the Time War.
Post by veryfactualdalek on Jul 14, 2018 12:00:56 GMT
My Review of The Eight Doctor - The Time War 2
The Lords of Terror While yes lots of recycle elements, it did have a few twists & turns to keep it interesting also nice to see the horrors of what The Time Lords do in a opening ep.Yay for more Bliss character development & the music was a standout too know overall didn’t do much it was Average If my whole planet and family got wiped from time I think I’d be more upset than Bliss
Planet of the Ogrons Very Charley Era,fun crazy romp with lots of Classic Who references. I was iffy on The Twelve but very fun too the new Dalek voice is so horrifying & Nick is clearly having a lot of fun wish the cover was more Dalek Spider than Dalek Sec but that ending was very out of left field. But a nice crazy excellence
In the Garden of Death A huge character piece know maybe a cheating one as they tell us who they are. Not sure where it was going to begin with but some nice moments with The Twelfth and Bliss also “visuals” with the garden but honestly I’m not sure I don’t think it needed to be a full hour know.
Jonah Utterly brilliant setting with great idea with lovely lines from side characters. Know with The Twelve forgetting something from her past I do wish Eleven wasn’t in Ravenous 2 as it feels like the end of her arch. It got very Lovecraftian at the end with how ever you spell it.
Overall This isn’t very “Time War-y” at all know I guess it’s 8 so they don’t want to really go super dark and time crazy. Apart from the boxset cover the actual story ones are kinda basic. Just like Ravenous most of the stories are very standalone which I think we should probably be grateful for after Dark Eyes & Doom Coalition. Boxset 2 is when they’ve usually settled into the rhythm of what they want to but just yay for more 8. Nothing to really right home about but a fun boxset.
Post by christmastrenzalore on Jul 16, 2018 10:08:07 GMT
On the whole, I liked this set, but no where near as much as the first. I appreciate that they pulled things back a bit in this set, as Box 1 was very high-concept, and while I love those types of stories, especially for the Time War, it would get monotonous if they always went in that direction.
The Twelve is brilliant. Eight aside, she seems the most well adjusted incarnation, and I'm interested to see where they take her character, grappling with an earnest attempt at a new leaf, and succumbing to all the nefarious voices in her head.
Bliss is fine so far. I liked her best in Gardens, as the situation gave her more opportunities to show more sides of her character.
"Planet of the Ogrons" and "Jonah" were the highlights of the set, but I felt like both "The Lords of Terror" and "Garden of Death" had extremely rushed endings. By the time it seemed like the tension should be ramping up, and I'm imagining all the different directions they could go, they just kind of end. It somewhat works in Terror, as it emphasises the sad pointless waste of life lost in the war, but it made the story fall a bit flat for me.
Post by Audio Watchdog on Jul 24, 2018 21:10:17 GMT
I listened to Lords of Terror by Jonathan Morris today and part of me wishes it could of been a 8th Doctor & War Doctor story. Corvil's actions feel like the kind of weight on his hearts that The War Doctor we met in The Day of the Doctor would have carried with him.
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