4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Necessary but a tad unsatisfactory...,
This review is from: The Next Life (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
To be honest i was looking forwards to this not because of the plot or the cover or the appearance of Rassilon, or for Daphne Ashbrook, or even for Paul Darrow (though that was a minor selling point) but because it was to finally tie up all the loose ends of the overall disapointing Divergent Universe saga. As much as i enjoyed one or two of the audios, i thought as a whole it was inferior to the rest of McGann's dramas.
The actors are all great - McGann, Ashbrook, and Darrow especially - and the sound effects, including giant killer crabs (!) and tsunamis (!) are all very well done, but overall, well the plot just seems overdrawn. There is a massive information dump near the end just to tie up plot threads in one fell swoop, and the character of Daqar Keep (great name) is so clouded by plot twists that come the end of the drama you're not really sure whats going on. Only the final moments when everything crashes to a climax made me satisfied...and unfortunately for the wrong reasons...because its all finished and we can get back to the stand alone episodes which are much better. The cliffhanger is somewhat cliche and probably only thrown in because Zagreus ended the season with a spectacular cliffhanger all those audios before. However, it was not without some enjoyment that i listened - at not one point did i think of giving up, the plot still pulled me along at an acceptable pace - and so it sits at an average score. I must say, however, this is a necessary listen if you've been following the arc.