Well, it’s the start of a new year, and I’m making a resolution to get this done sooner! The last mega-review was so late it ended up being posted on my personal blog rather than here. Hopefully this one, submitted on the 10th, will be the start of something better and more timely! We shall see.
In the meantime, we have a lot to cover, including the return of Quadrigger Stoyn, the return of Hex, and the return of the Valeyard. Sheesh, that’s a lot of stuff coming back to haunt us. Let’s get going!
The Companion Chronicles 8.06 – “The Dying Light”
The TARDIS materialises on a dying world circling a dying sun, where the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe are welcomed to Sanctuary – an entire monastery carved out of a mountain.
But little here is quite what it seems.
Quadrigger Stoyn has waited through the centuries. And it is time for the Doctor to pay for his first terrible mistake.
This is the second story in a Companion Chronicles trilogy celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
Written By: Nick Wallace
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman
Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon), Wendy Padbury (Zoe Heriot), Terry Molloy(Quadrigger Stoyn)
Last month saw the release of “The Beginning”, a story which told the tale of the Doctor and Susan and their escape from Gallifrey; an escape that took place in a TARDIS that had someone else inside. That someone was Quadrigger Stoyn, who they left on the Moon. Now he’s back, and he’s not happy.
This was a good story. First, it’s always nice to have Jamie and Zoe together, and Hines is back on form doing the Second Doctor’s voice (something he had a problem with recently). Terry Molloy also reminds us that he’s more than just Davros, and turns in a largely sympathetic performance as Stoyn.
That said, it felt like there was something lacking in this story, and it certainly felt rather rushed. No sooner do we find out where we are and what’s going on than the story is done. I feel this should have been a three-part story, and not just two. But that said, I was quite pleased overall.