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Blue Forgotten Planet (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Sep 2009
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Forgetting the Charlie problem for a moment, this is an excellent story in its own right. The Doctor and Charlie are forced to land on a post apocalyptic Earth, where the inhabitants are in the grip of some strange madness. A select few are in receipt of medicine from the mysterious Viyrans, with the condition that they make photographic records of all the untreated humans. But just what do the Viryans really intend? And what was the source of the infection?
A really great tale that plays with your preconceptions, and interesting in that it shows certain decisions from the Viryans viewpoint, a cold, logical, alien viewpoint that looks at the big picture and does not feel sympathy, or indeed, any other emotion. Added to this is the resolution to the Mila situation and the Charlotte Pollard problem. Both are done in a satisfying manner that ties up all the loose ends.
Colin Baker shines as Six, full of compassion and energy. India Fisher is excellent as Charlie, in the final scenes I was really moved by her performance. A decent script and well directed. What more do you need?
I would recommend listening to `Storm Warning' and a few of the Eighth Dr/Charlie adventures, as well as `Patient Zero' and `Mission of the Viyrans' before listening to this, as this is the end of a long running story arc and there are lots of continuity references.
In this story, we hear the plight of the blue forgotten planet; where David McCallister is leading a team of people gathering footage about what has befallen the planet. The Tardis meanwhile has travelled through an odd radiation field and then has landed; where, the Doctor doesn’t know. He and Charley are separated by the struggles between two warring factions, and as the Doctor learns where they are, and what is happening, he is appalled. But he doesn’t know the half of it yet.
This is a great finale to this trilogy, which started really well in Patient Zero, and which has followed Charley through from the end of her time with the Eighth Doctor and throughout her travels with the Sixth Doctor; later in her timeline, earlier in his, but all of relevance to the overall Web of Time. Here, all Charley’s possible fates and timelines are going to come together; but if she can’t save herself, can she expect the Doctor to save her?
Colin Baker and India Fisher are in top form in this emotionally charged story. The first sections of the story are action-packed, and the action ramps up in the last part of the story as well; but overall there is a real emotional and human level within the narrative. It would have been easy for the Charley story to overtake or swamp the Viyran storyline, but it never does. The two ongoing story arcs are nicely balanced, and play out in equal measures, to the general enjoyment of the listener. There is so much action in the last episode that it would be easy to miss some vital elements which occur so quickly, so this is definitely a story, and indeed a trilogy, which it is beneficial to hear more than once.
The supporting cast in the story are excellent; with JJ Field as David McCallister, Michael Maloney as the Viyrans, Alec Newman as Ed Driscoll and others playing vital and very well cast and performed roles throughout. This whole trilogy is definitely recommended.
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