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This review is from: "Doctor Who", Death Comes to Time (BBC Radio Collection) (Audio CD)
Writing a review of "Death Comes to Time" (or DCtT as it's more widely known among Dr Who fans on the internet), is something of a mammoth task. There is a lot to take in during these five new episodes, the first of which was originally recorded for BBC Radio Four.
Although the head of the station happily commissioned the pilot, his successor wasn't so keen on it and chose not to air it. Soon afterwards DCtT found a home on the internet and so it became the BBC's first drama to be shown as a web-cast! And what a pity BBC Radio Four can't air something with space ships, and lots of other things that make all sorts of incredible futuristic noises ... because what they really missed out on was a beautiful tale about love, loss and ultimately death.
According to some fans DCtT had a lot of disregard for the established events in the original series even though unlike in the 1996 TV movie, the Doctor hasn't become a half-human, girl snogger.
Rather than selling out to modern audience's expectations, DCtT is more faithful to the spirit of the TV show of old. Think of some of the most terrifying, blood curdling Tom Baker antics but at the same time be prepared to embark on a new style of story telling unlike the original series. Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The Doctor now lives in a universe which (heaven forbid) is occupied by others like him, who are as important to the story and to the Doctor's life as any corridor, quarry or screaming assistant!
If you like Buffy for the mixture of characters and the humour and drama that comes from their different ways of looking at things and how the drama ultimately revolves around their lives on a more personal note, then you'll like this. It's still very much Doctor Who but for once we're allowed to go a little deeper and feel what the characters feel and see things from all their different points of view. And it is very clever indeed. Like Buffy, the narrative is well structured as you are kept guessing on certain aspects of what's going on, right up until the end. And there is plenty left to think about (and feel) after it has finished.
DCtT is more evocative any of the original TV series although I felt some scenes and performances could have been slightly more underplayed. Overall, one is left feeling that there is potential for going even deeper still. Lets hope they make some more SOON!
If you're prepared to have an open mind and adjust your expectations you will no doubt be amused, horrified, delighted and saddened by this incredibly endearing new story.
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