now I enjoy this as a brave attempt to introduce a New Powerful foe into Doctor Who mythology. Also a continuation of stronger characterisation of Mel as a companion and more a fellow traveller and friend of Sixie. Its a pretty action packed adventure and mystery of the Doctor knowing a foe that we as the audience haven’t met before...but will very much get introduced to in coming stories. I wonder why Briggs didn’t write the script himself probably too busy preparing Jekyll and Hyde and he isn’t in it either so Matt Fitton does a great job of it and is expertly directed as usual by Barnaby Edwards.
the story has a real sense of scale and also a sense of the complications derived from the war-starvation.There is also a tight gelling of the cast in this too characters are fuller than you usually expect in a release I guess the use of a family caught by this conflict assists in that.
I do enjoy the Eminence stories there at least was an attempt to make the Doctor Who Universe bigger grander wider than just the staple of Daleks Cybermen and Sontarans. I would say my only fault with it is we aren’t given a sense of what a true threat the end of the Eminence War caused and the famine as all urgency seems to be in episode 1,but hey I still enjoy it immensely
I do like this one but I would suggest that you go into it without having any context of the Eminence or its background. Listening to the Doctor’s prior encounter with this gaseous entity in ‘Destroy the Infinite!’ really lessened the impact of this story in my opinion.
Especially considering the Doctor has dealt with far worse threats and beings in my opinion which certainly never left him as many psychological scars.
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