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Interesting setting but formulaic plot
on 19 August 2010
The central idea of a real alien invasion during Welles famous broadcast is a good one but the overall story didn't grip me. The doctor has a brief flirtation with being a private detective, there are spies, CIA, Nazis but the overall piece is confused.
The Orson Welles realisation is good, in particular his disdain for the HG Wells material. Where is fails is exemplified by the ending - the Doctor has the idea of using the Welles broadcast to scare off the real aliens, then gives the game away but it doesn't matter as an independent character destroys the alien ship in the end.
There are much better Eighth Doctor / Charley Pollard adventures such as Stones of Venice