Post by aussiedoctorwhofan on Jan 20, 2021 10:02:00 GMT
by Johnathan Morris
The TARDIS brings the Doctor and Leela to the ruins of a once-great city racked by earthquakes, where they find a giant rocket on the side of a mountain. The planet is due to be destroyed by a comet in a year’s time and this ship is the only way off world.
But is everything quite as it seems? At least one person in the city thinks the comet is going to come to obliterate the planet much sooner than people believe.
Which would be bad enough - if there wasn’t a far worse secret hidden behind the scenes...
I thought this was fine, a story of two halves. The first two parts conjured images of our cast acting in front of dodgy CSO backgrounds, a la Underworld! The second half steps up a notch and part four is really good; almost a shame that it doesn't get to this point earlier on in the story. The Doctor's moral dilemma feels as though it should be the backbone of the story, but instead it's just some fleeting comments to remind us that the Doctor knows the fate of the planet, rather than a proper quandary. One of the Doctor's lines in the final track is "The story's the same, but the ending has been tweaked a little."; I think had Jonathan Morris done the opposite it would've been a real highlight of the range.
Tom is really in his element here, brilliant performance. Louise is great too and is allowed to just be Leela; no attempt to develop character that's ultimately undone, no giving her an alternate life or any of the other plots done to death.
The Doctor's reference to Krillitanes reminds me; when can we have a showdown with Four and them?
Just finished this one. Didn’t bring me quite as much joy as World Traders, but I liked it too. The drama was good, even though my brain wasn’t quite tuned in for that tone of story. Tom and Lou are great together as always. And I will never NOT laugh when Leela roars as she attacks someone 😆
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