Sorry I was late making this thread, guys. All days meld into one lately.
Goodbye Charley Pollard! Or is it?......
I remember loving this story when I first heard it. And it holds up to multiple listens quite well, although there is something lost knowing the twist regarding old Charley.
It's an interesting mix of timey wimey/Cybermen story. There is real peril surrounding the ship and the events that take place on it and it shows just how far Charley has come since Storm Warning. I like hints in here back to that story like the young woman dressed as a boy so she can get on the ship. She is well served in this final "Eight and Charley" story and is a good send off. I find the ending so very sad from The Doctor's POV, just one more companion who he watches die. (Granted it's early days for him. He doesn't yet have the guilt of the deaths of multiple companions weighing on his psyche. )
It’s a good story, but I don’t really consider it a proper Cyberman story. The Cybermen here are very much third to Charley’s departure and the timey-wimey, with a bit of adjustment I think a lot of monsters could step into their role here. That said when they are at the centre of things, they’re quite effectively portrayed.
The character stuff with Charley, with her dynamic with the Doctor back to how it was in the glory days pretty much, really makes this story and the timey-wimey plots is satisfyingly done. It’s a good last hurrah for the Eighth Doctor and Charley, and the beginning of a really nice arc storyline for Sixie too.
I liked this. Anna Massey is excellent. The Cybermen while not the main part of the story are still scary. I enjoyed all the time travel aspect to the story. While the ending is rather downbeat, the final minutes herald the start of something else I really loved. A run of adventures that bring the Doctor and Charley's adventures to a more satisfying close.
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