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The Vengeance Of Morbius – Not as vengeful as promised, but with a powerful ending
on 4 April 2014
Warning, contains spoilers. First released in 2008, this is the eighth episode of the second season of standalone releases for Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with a single 50 minute episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc. This is the second part of a two part story (the forst part being Sisters of the Flame) and you need to listen to both parts to understand the story line. It also helps if you have seen the classic serial ‘Brain Of Morbius’ and heard a few of the other Eighth Doc/Lucie adventures.
For this most part this release left me quite cold. It deals with the resurrection of Morbius, his plans to take over the Universe and his final confrontation with the Doctor. Sould be a thrill ride. But the man himself does not appear until late on, and even then straight after his resurrection we are whisked forward in time some ten years when his conquest of the galaxy is well in progress, we see very little fo the main villain and as a result there is little sense of danger. Samuel West is actually quite good as Morbius, making the most of the part, but there is so little of it that he has to work hard to make an impression. Equally, Kenneth Colley and Alexander Sidding are wasted, Colley as the megalomaniac Zarodnix, and Sidding as Rosto, the space policeman of the future who was the best thing about the previous story, Sisters of the Flame.
It’s a bit of a plod, with a rushed and incomprehensible conclusion, but then the aftermath is devastating and perfectly played. The last few minutes are powerful, full of some great acting from Sheridan Smith as Lucie deals with the seeming death of the Doctor.
So all in all 2 stars for the main part of the release, but three stars overall due to the powerful last few minutes. Oh, and the extras here are really worth it, as they follow Sheridan Smith around a Who convention.