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3.0 out of 5 stars The Settling, 21 Oct. 2013
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This story came out in 2006 and features Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace, and Philip Olivier as Hex travelling with the Doctor. This is a straight Earth historical story, which has the Tardis and her crew landing in what turns out to be seventeenth century Ireland just as Oliver Cromwell and his New Model Army are rolling over the countryside to teach the Irish `rebels' who their masters are. The English Parliament has sent Oliver to Ireland to get him out of their way (and probably hoping slightly that he may fail in Ireland, as so many have before him) but Oliver Cromwell is not just any man. He has a job to do and is called upon to do it by God, so he will not fail. Unfortunately, Ace and Hex don't listen to the Doctor (there's a surprise) and find themselves mixed up in the mayhem, death and destruction. This is one of those stories where Hex, the naïve companion, believes that he will be able to change things for the better and has to learn the hard (and painful) way that that's not so, and if anything can be changed, is it necessarily for the better?

I found the story a little dull, to be honest. Hex's struggle with `Fate', if you like, was a little prosaic. For me the highlight of the story was Clive Mantle's portrayal of Oliver Cromwell. The writing of this character was very insightful and empathetic, and the characterisation by Mantle was done very well. You could really believe it was Oliver Cromwell talking. The rest of the cast do a sterling job, but I found the story overall was not one of the great ones that you remember as a classic Doctor Who story.
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Initial post: 22 Oct 2013 03:12:28 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
I must confess i got bored with this story & fell asleep it seemed to plod when it should have galloped.
You review is spot on as ever .
Perfect review of the product.
Ive reviewed quite a few Bf storys if you want post a comment.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2013 18:53:03 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Hi timelord007 - yes I found it a bit humdrum unfortunately. Thanks for the feedback; I shall check out your reviews too.
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