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3.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Plants & Mysterious Viyrans Await The Fifth Doctor, 26 Jun 2014
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This review is from: The Mind's Eye (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who :The Mind's Eye.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Peri Brown, Erimem.
Main enemy: Hayton Takol.
Main setting: YT45.
Writer: Colin Brake.
Director: Barnaby Edwards.
Release number 102.
Format: 3 individual episodes on 2 CDs plus Mission Of The Viyrans 1 individual episode.
Running time 90 minutes(The Mind's Eye),30 minutes(Mission Of The Viyran).

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes inteviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Peter Davison.
Peri Brown - Nicola Bryant.
Erimem - Caroline Morris.
Hayton - Owen Teale.
Major Takol - Rebecca Front.
Kyle - Thomas Sangster.
Ukarme - Richard Laing.
Andree - Nicola Weeks.

Trivia.
1)The Mind's Eye is three episodes long, The remaining episode on the second disc is Mission of the Viyrans.
2)History arbitrarily places this story in 2850, as it's set in the time of the Earth Empire.
3)Kyropites and Jekylls are again seen in Audio: Brotherhood of the Daleks.
4)In her dream, Peri "remembers" Erimem being killed by "crocodile things."(Audio: Three's a Crowd)
5)The Doctor learned how to pick locks from the American escapologist Harry Houdini.(Tv: Planet of the Spiders)
6)The Doctor & his companions again experience dreams induced by plants in (TV: Amy's Choice).
7)Actor Owen Teale appeared in Sixth Doctor adventure(Tv : Vengeance Of Varos & Torchwood : Countrycide).

Plot Synopsis.
The Fifth Doctor, Erimem & Peri have gone their separate ways. The Doctor is wandering on a nameless paradise planet filled with murderous primates (but only at night) battling against carnivorous plants.

Erimem is the Queen of a space colony empire, New Cairo & is suffering a rebellion, while Peri's stepson & new husband are causing problems to her domestic bliss.

Timelord Thoughts.
The Mind's Eye by writer Colin Brake sees Peri & Erimem attacked by an extraordinary dangerous form of plant life that leaves them both living in their own little dream worlds while feeding off neural energy.

This allows writer Colin Brake to show the Doctors companions in a different light as Peri's subconscious creates a virtual soap opera type reality where Peri has a live-in lover who maybe is cheating on Peri with her best friend while she suffers a strained relationship with her troubled stepson in this alternative reality far removed completely from the reality she inhabits travelling with the Doctor makes for a intriguing storyline of great character drama.

While Erimem's reality reveals much of her aspirations of ruling a country or
a whole world as it seems clear Erimem is longing for a life that she
once abandoned & her time with the Doctor could soon be at an end.

While poor ole Peter Davison as the Doctor is sidelined once again & is given very little to do by the script which unfortunately sticks out like a sore thumb in the finished product as his two companions storyline overshadows his entirely.

Nevertheless The Mind's Eye moves along at a cracking pace, the three-episode format suits the story well & doesn't overstay it's welcome & is a far better written adventure than Brakes previous audio adventure Threes A Crowd.

Timelord Rating.
7/10

Mission Of The Viyrans.
A one-part story written by Nicholas Briggs.

Cast.
The Doctor -- Peter Davison.
Peri -- Nicola Bryant.
Lawrence - Peter Sowerbutts.
Chris - Philip Childs.

Plot Synopsis.
The Fifth Doctor & Peri encounter the mysterious time travelling Viyrans on a holiday planet.

Timelord Thoughts.
Whilst this isn't the greatest of starts for the Viyrans its nice to see that they are a well thought out creation in this one episode adventure as we hear of Erimems recent departure who doesn't feature at all in this story.

There's some nice technobabble dialogue & actress Nicola Bryant gives a good performance here but there is nothing especially memorable about this first one part adventures as the Viyrans would be far better used in Sixth Doctor audio adventures Patient Zero & Blue Forgotten Planet.

Timelord Rating.
5/10
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2014 11:54:53 BDT
Caligula II. says:
Good review!

BTW I finally googled (or wikipedia'd) Dr. Who. Sounds interesting. Now I know what your name means...

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2014 12:02:07 BDT
Timelord007 says:
Lol, You didn't know wgat Timelord meant, you've cracked me up my friend, thats brilliant you googled Doctor Who I hope you enjoy Talons, Can't go wrong if a story written by Robert Holmes.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2014 14:55:03 BDT
Caligula II. says:
LOL, like I said, I never heard if Dr. Who before... so guess how surprised I was...

Posted on 26 Jun 2014 22:25:19 BDT
Keen Reader says:
This is one I don't have, and it really didn't appeal too much to me in considering it for purchase. Fair review timelord007!

Posted on 26 Jun 2014 22:50:50 BDT
rbmusicman says:
You've been bust my friend, beginning to think you have 36 hour
days in your corner of England lol.
Again this one is obviously not one of your favourites.
Though how you've described it, other than the fact 'Peter Davison's
role as the Doctor appears to be of a minimal nature, the story sounds
interesting.
Great reviewing as always.
(P.S I promise not to review a CD if 'Harry Webb's' name appears on the
cover lol )

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2014 00:16:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jun 2014 00:16:51 BDT
Timelord007 says:
It's a average adventure but not a standout one you ain't missing much with this release KR, Harry Webb musicman Noooooooooooooooo!
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