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5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking Conclusion To The Eighth Doctor Series Of Adventures, 15 Oct 2013
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This review is from: To the Death (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Warning this review contains spoilers!

Doctor Who: To The Death.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion(s):
Lucie Miller,
Susan Campbell,
Tamsin Drew,
Alex Campbell.
Main enemy: The Daleks, The Monk, The Dalek time controller.
Main setting:
The Atlantic Ocean, the late 2190s,
England, the late 2190s,
North America, the late 2190s.
Writer: Nicholas Briggs.
Director: Nicholas Briggs.
Release number: 4.10.
Format: 1 CD - 1 part.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Cast.The Doctor - Paul McGann.
Lucie Miller - Sheridan Smith.
Susan Campbell - Carole Ann Ford.
Alex Campbell - Jake McGann.
Tamsin Drew - Niky Wardley.
The Monk - Graeme Garden.
The Daleks/Dalek Time Controller - Nicholas Briggs.

Plot Synopsis.
The Daleks have successfully conquered the Earth, just a few short decades after their last occupation. The Doctor, his granddaughter, her son, Lucie Miller, Tamsin Drew & the Meddling Monk make their final stand.

The Doctor is recovered from the destroyed Saucer but remains unconscious. Susan uses her Tardis Key to find the Tardis, which is with the Monk, She takes the Doctor inside, causing him to recover, They find the Monk has a powerful bomb with him as insurance.

The Doctor wants to travel to the future & destroy the Dalek Time Controller after their previous encounter to prevent these events occurring, but is stopped by the others, who want to use the bomb now.

However the Daleks then attack the Museum & Tamsin is killed by the Daleks, greatly upsetting the Monk. The Doctor is captured and taken to the Dalek Time Controller, who was hurled back in time by the explosion the Sixth Doctor apparently destroyed him with, and repaired by the Monk. The Time Controller reveals the Daleks are planning to have the Earth travel through time and take the Amethyst Viruses from where they were scattered to, becoming a plague planet which will be used to wipe out other worlds.

Alex Campbell is killed by the Daleks, however in the process their Magna-Clamp is destroyed, Lucie Miller pilots a Dalek Saucer containing the bomb into their mines & she is killed in the explosion, which destroys the Daleks. Susan & the Doctor are saved by the Monk but the Doctor refuses to forgive him for helping the Daleks, forcing him to reveal to Susan he spread the plague. The Monk also reveals he caused the Doctor to arrive late & leaves sadly. The Doctor then leaves a broken man with Susan grieving for her son's death & hoping her Grandfather will recover from these traumatic event's.

Timelord Thoughts.

Positive.
1)Paul McGann & Sheridan Smith hit every emotional beat as the Doctor & Lucie Miller & make this a story you'll never forget.
2)Great performances by the supporting cast, Especially Carol Ann Ford & Jake McGann.
3)Nicolas Briggs punches us right in the guts with this story creating the most shocking ending EVER! to a Doctor Who story.

Carrying on from the cliffhanger of Lucie Miller, To The Death brings about the conclusion to this adventure & the end to The Eighth Doctors series range.

So does this story go out with a bang or a whimper?

Well this story ending is like when you originally seen Blakes 7 series 4 ending, You had that "WHAT THE...." moment, Well it's that same type of feeling you may feel at the conclusion of this story.

Paul McGann give his Doctor such emotional weight in this adventure against his oldest enemy's the Daleks, This confirms to me we were robbed of a excellent Doctor on Tv as actor Paul McGann really gives his all & every range of emotion to this story especially the Doctor's rage & helplessness at the end so universe beware.

Sheridan Smith is such a wonderful talented actress giving zest to her character Lucile Miller & gives her best performance to date, her sacrifice at the end of this adventures is heartfelt & emotional & had me in tears.

Great supporting roles from Carol Ann Ford & Jake McGann as Susan & Alex add emotional weight to this story, It seems Alex has more of his great grandfather's personality in him than first thought & costs him dearly.

Niki Wardley has matured in the role as Tasmin Drew while Graeme Garden as The Meddling Monk shows a softer side here adding a wonderful performance to this story arc.

Nicholas Briggs take a superb Dalek story & within it's final 10 minutes turns this story on it's head making it a classic Doctor Who adventure hitting us with not one, not two but three sucker punches as the ending of this adventure concludes such dramatic realism seeing three main characters die is absolutely terrifying & horrific that left this listener completely in shock.

This series goes out with a bang & changes the Doctor's outlook on the universe, as he's broken & consumed with rage & guilt, The Oncoming Storm of The Doctor's darker personality is born here & has become a far different Eighth Doctor to the incarnation who appeared in Storm Warning as he's now become darker in nature & more cynical in spirit.

But will the Doctor ever be the same again? Or is his spirit so consumed of anger we should fear his wrath more than the Daleks, Cybermen or The Master?

Highly Recommended but needs the listerner needs to have heard the previous adventure Lucie Miller to understand it.

This story now continues in the Dark Eyes saga A 4 CD mini series, Series 1 & 2 is availble now & series 3 is due out in November 2014 & series 4 February 2015.

Timelord Rating.
10/10
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2013 19:30:31 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
Really good review.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2013 23:36:03 BDT
Timelord007 says:
Thanks for the vote of confidence mate.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2013 05:30:18 BDT
Keen Reader says:
I agree, great review.

Posted on 16 Oct 2013 10:51:07 BDT
Timelord007 says:
Can anybody explain the reviewer rating clearer as im confused.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2013 04:50:29 BDT
Keen Reader says:
How do you mean? Do you mean your reviewer ranking?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2013 08:42:41 BDT
Timelord007 says:
Yes, I dont understand how it works.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2013 01:44:52 BDT
Keen Reader says:
I don't imagine anyone, except the gurus at Amazon understand how it works! But I would figure it's a combination of some or all of the following:
how often you review an item
how many items you review
how many 'helpful' clicks you get on a review
how many 'not helpful' clicks you get on a review
in combination with what everybody else is doing as an Amazon reviewer
then worked through some Amazon formula to give you a ranking in relation to every other reviewer.
There's bound to be discussions on some of the forums about all this if you want more information.

Posted on 18 Jul 2014 11:31:19 BDT
Tim Bradley says:
Wow! This story sounds heartbreaking and shockingly dramatic in a good way! So this is what led the Doctor to his story in 'Dark Eyes' and possibly his conflict with the Daleks in the last Great Time War. Got to listen to this one.

Great reviewing, timelord. Tim.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2014 12:07:48 BDT
Timelord007 says:
This & Lucie Miller deliver a excellent Dalek adventure showcasing actions have consequences.
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