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Yates meets UNIT for the first time,
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Vengeance of the Stones (Destiny of the Doctor 3) (Audio CD)
In many ways this is a good representation of the Third Doctor's era. It is a fully fledged UNIT story which much in common with many televised serials around the time. All of the elements that you might expect are present. Even Bessie gets a reasonable appearance.
It is related from the point of view of Mike Yates. This is a Yates who has yet to join UNIT and hence, at the start of the story, hasn't yet met the Doctor, the Brigadier or Jo Grant (his potential love interest).Having this version of Yates, before he has been seen in the program, serves a dual purpose. It allows the chance to give the character some form of introduction that wasn't really provided for in the program. It also allows for Yates to fulfil, to some degree, the role a companion often has of asking what is happening. This is because that this is a Yates who has yet to know what UNIT actually does and has yet to encounter aliens. Richard Franklin sells this greener, less experienced version very well.
The narration is very clear and precise throughout from Franklin. At times it works well as Franklin's voice adds a certain gravitas and seriousness to events. At other times, though, he is a bit too calm and restrained. Some of the more chaotic or action fuelled scenes require a slightly more emotive narration.
The concentration around the character of Mike Yates does seem to have the adverse effect of pushing the Doctor and Jo into the background a bit. Although it is essentially a Yates story this disc is also supposed to be celebrating the Third Doctor but the Doctor is only really portrayed loosely through the outlook of Yates.
The aliens, although not particularly memorable, are fairly original and developed. They also possess some convincing voices and serve the purposes of the plot perfectly aptly. They don't really have the potential for another appearance though.
The storyline ticks along nicely despite the occasional lack of pace. With the inclusion and use of stone circles and the quasi-science which surrounds them, there is even a slight Gothic feel reminiscent of `The Daemons' which ended the series that this story is clearly set a little while before.
It is a well written UNIT story that could comfortably have taken place during Jon Pertwee's second year as the Doctor.