Friday, August 9, 2013
Doctor Who: Frozen Time
Frozen Time (Doctor Who audio drama)
Plot: In the early 21st century, Lord Barset mounts an Antarctic expedition to find the remains of his grandfather's 1929 lost expedition. But Barset's motivation is not purely genealogical. Barest believes there is a pre-human reptilian civilization buried under the ice. He is half-right. The Doctor knows better, but after a million-year coma, his memory is fragmented and he might not recall what they need to know in time to save themselves and the planet.
Strong points: Maryam D'Abo as Genevieve. The tease defrostings; Ice Warrior? No, it's the TARDIS. Ice Warrior? No, it's the Doctor. Ice Warrior - yes! McCoy's performance as the amnesiac Doctor. Lord Barset believes he's on the trail of Silurians (and he's not.) The denouement tease that perhaps Genevieve had a few more adventures with the Doctor before returning to the ship.
The Ice Warriors. They sound right, and they have layers to their society - they aren't just an entire race of baddies and this story remembers to highlight that.
(Originally when this was released, the Ice Warriors' appearance was kept secret - that would have been a strong point, too, but by this time most everyone knows they are in this adventure.)
Weak points: The setup fails to suspend disbelief. I'm not sure even the Doctor could have survived frozen for a million years, Time Lord induced coma or not. Would the Doctor really aid a prison facility - even one for his foes? Would the Doctor agree to a Martian prison for the most dangerous criminals existing in Antarctica on Earth (of the past,) knowing what will happen in the future of that planet?
Frozen Time is a good Doctor Who story if you go along for the ride and don't think too much about how it all came together to start the adventure.