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Disappointing in Some Ways. Brilliant in Others!
on 17 January 2008
Seventh Doctor on his own doesn't really work for me. He seems rather detached from the world and confused, perhaps that comes of millenia frozen in Ice, but I think not, instead trying develop a darker side to the older McCoy Doctor, as with Valhalla without any companions, perhaps this time missing them rather than his bitterness towards the 'free-loaders' of Valhalla - but this still makes the Doctor harder to relate to that of the 1980s on TV. The plot is quite strong, it's got the standard Big Finish aspect to it, the characters were well played, but...
[SPOILERS] In episode 2 I was well of the opinion that the mysterious creatures the first Lord Barset had met were the Ice Warriors and the new met creatures were, something else, possibly the Silurians. In fact it was the other way round - modern day sees the Ice Warriors and its suggested it was the Silurians in the past (in the extras) which was a bit dissapointing, but also, I really don't think this works with Ice Warriors. Firstly they didn't seem convincing, the hissing sound seemed optional half the time it wasn't there and I dno if the Ice Warriors were right there.
[NO MORE SPOILERS] But all in all it's pretty good, the rest of the cast (excluding the Doctor & the Monsters) was great, some really nice characters. But just lacking that something, perhaps a bit too predictable and expected. Re-listening, it's much more enjoyable and far more interesting!