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Solid outing for Second Doctor,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Shadow of Death (Destiny of the Doctor 2) (Audio CD)
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`Destiny of the Doctor' is the second in a story arc that progresses through the Doctors. Brand new adventures, there are tantalising links to Matt Smith's Doctor, who seems, unless I have got this completely wrong, to be guiding his predecessors to some end that one presumes will be revealed in the last instalment.
It's a fast paced tale written by Simon Guerrier, at 1 hour and 25 minutes, which speeds by in a straightforward who by numbers story involving a mysterious planet, a scientific expedition, and a mysterious creature that is picking off these scientists one by one. There is running down corridors, misunderstood aliens, all the things that tick the boxes in Who's well loved tales. To say it is Who by numbers is not to write it off as unoriginal. There are good twists, chiefly in the way time is used as a weapon by the monster and distorted by the scientists. The monster is a shadow creature that can distort and shatter metal and age people to death with a touch, through the use of time. The scientists distort time with a temporal field on their base as time slows to a crawl outside the base through the excessive gravitational effects of the pulsar start the planet orbits (I think). Shadow creatures of course are not new to Who but this adventure is not looking to score points with originality. Instead we have a claustrophobic, contained, fleet footed yarn that classic who fans will appreciate. There's a hint of the over complexity of new Who's story arcs with the brief cameo of the latest Doctor, but this does not intrude over much, the tale itself takes precedence.
It is well performed by both Frazer Hines who takes on his old role of Jamie and also, superbly, Patrick Troughton's Doctor, as well as the linking narration and other male characters, and Evie Dawnay does Zoe and the chief female scientist.