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A good disc, but let down by the previous story which was the first half,
This review is from: Doctor Who: War Against the Laan (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
War Against the Laan continues where the previous story The Sands of Life left off. They form a 2 disc story, with different titles. This is not a good thing because if anyone starts with this story they will be mid-adventure.
There is something not quite right about these two stories. They have been stretched out way too far and would have benefited from being a slightly over-running 1 disc adventure. As it stands the first story is padded out excessively with periodic incidental music and unnecessarily long helicopter flights. This disc is the better of the two, with some clever story resolves.
I am a great fan of Briggs's writing, but someone should have said "No, edit it down to one disc." I did not enjoy The Sands of Life, but it did open an intriguing story-line, and War Against the Laan develops it nicely albeit with a little too much repetition because the story is so stretched.
David Warner is a guest but does not stand out as he should do. Tom Baker is given appropriate dialogue and is thus a credible mid-Baker story (unlike some of the first series of Fourth Doctor Adventures).
A real mixed bag. Had it been one disc, then it would have deserved 4 stars but as it is War of the Laan gets 3 and The Sands of Life 2. When I relisten I will skip The Sands of Life as I simply did not enjoy it. War of the Laan is better.