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Who wants to live forever?,
This review is from: Immortal Beloved (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
The Doctor and Lucie appear on a mountain ledge as a pair of young lovers are about to commit suicide. Lucie, acting as our proxy (which is what all good companions must do) quickly makes comparisons with Romeo and Juliet, though we soon find that much more sinister things are afoot!
The twist to the story revolves around the use of illegal alien technology for personality transfer and a cavalier attititude to the rights of clones to live (or not). All the way through the Doctor is placed in the position of being outraged at the approach to immortality taken by the upper echolons of this planet, whilst at the same time being comfortable in his own very extended lifetime.
There is also the love story between both the young lovers and 'Zeus' and 'Hera' of whom they are clones whose love has lasted over a 1000 years.
The resolution is more subtle than normal - the Doctor ends up having to work the machines to imprint Zeus over his clone yet the process fails and the cycle ends up broken. What isn't clear is has the Doctor deliberately done this or did the ageing machine (another nice touch - an immortality machine that is, itself, not eternal) fail?
Did the situation require the Doctor to resolve it or not?
Why only four stars - only the deep sense of deja vu from a listener who has read too many sci-fi works to be wholly surprised. Make up your own mind!