Finally got round to this. Surprisingly, there’s only one comment about the story in this thread as far as I can see?
The story and the concept behind it is a sound one. I don’t think the Early Adventures format suited it though, especially with its epic story lengths. The second half of the story becomes very repetitive. It could’ve easily been halved without anything lost. I’d say it’s better suited as a Companion Chronicle, but I think with some tweaks and editing, it would’ve been a perfect 45 minute Short Trip, especially as it features a glorified cameo from the Doctor.
What we get is good, but it could be better by being half the length or more. Maureen O’Brien is a real tour de force in it, though.
The whole season has been rich and varied, really cementing what a great team the First Doctor, Vicki and Steven are.
Listened this week. Wow! First of, a real Jonathan Morris classic. Reminded me just how good a writer he is and how much I have missed his stories in the last few years - I know he hasn't disappeared entirely, but he seems to have been a lot less prolific than he was a few years ago. More Jonathan Morris please. The story itself, with its distinction between universal time travel and personal time travel, gave a different take on time travel to what we normally get in Doctor Who. I suspect if Davies, Moffatt or Chibnall had done it on TV there would have been uproar in parts of fandom that they didn't understand how time travel "worked" in DW, but in the first doctor era, when those rules weren't as set in stone, Morris gets away with it brilliantly. The story reminded me of the TNG episodes like The Inner Light and Tapestry. I do though agree with the comment above that it felt more like a companion chronicle, probably because of the Doctor's relative absence for most of it.
As for the performances, well Maureen O'Brien knocks it out of the park and all the other ones are good as well.
Unusually for me I also even enjoyed the Extras. Ihe parts where the cast talked about things they might change in their lives if they had the opportunity was so much better than the normal boring bog standard "X was my doctor when I was growing up / everyone here is lovely / the script is great". It shows how good Extras can be if interviewers make the effort to ask original questions.
Overall a great end to a great season of Early Adventures. at the tie of writing season 6 has not yet been announced. Here's hoping ...
Just finished this yesterday. A great story. A great performance by Maureen O'Brien as the several ages of Vicky in various alternative lives. I was quite surprised that they took one iteration all the way to 170 year-old Vicky.
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