Thursday, February 13, 2014

But No Black Curtains: Dark Eyes 2 - The White Room Review

The second imstallment of the Dark Eyes 2 box set has one up its preceeding story in surprises. For the last three weeks, we've saw the cover art and discs and many detected a certain long familiar figure in the background between/behind the 8th Doctor and Molly: A Viyran. Thus, a big reason to listen to the Alan Barnes penned entry, The White Room.

The story immediately starts off with the Doctor having a gun pointed at him by an deserter at his home in 21 Baker Street on Eath in November 1918. Unknown to him that the current resident is none other than Ms. "Dark Eyes" herself, Molly O'Sullivan. An awkward and cute reunion would later give way to an familar problem returning for Molly: the retrogenetor particles in her eyes, Unlike the previous time, her Dark Eyes now serve a different purpose of an entirely dfferent enemy not known to the Doctor and us lusteners (yet!) Adding more mystery is the disappearance of the deserters. A mystery that ties directly to the Blackwell Convalescent Home (with one Herman Goering in the mix), the "Huntsmen" and most of the mysterious "Surgeon General"...

The White Room certain whips out the suspense and surprise as we learn of Goering's association with the Viyrans. The said creatures themselves have been an amusing fixture in all things Doctor Who dating back to their short story debut in Doctor Who Storybook 2007 (thus the first New Series spin-off media monster created and later return via Big Finish) Their popularity's increasing now in light of the forthcoming Charlotte Pollard box set. The White Room is not only about the Viyrans as is does focus a bit on WWI deserters on the eve of Armistice Day. The time period itself here serves as all the more fitting along side the previous box set's first entry The Great War in time for the 100th Anniversary of WW1.

It was very delightful to hear the dynamic performan of Paul McGann and Ruth Bradley again after over 13 and a bit months. This time Molly's not fist happy with the byronic hero in his "dustman's jacket". Ian Brooker pulls double duty here as both Dr. Goering and the Viyrans as Brian Shelly presents us with his Future Viyran. You may want to listen carefully near the end of the story where a mystery voice leads into the next one. 

On this note, The White Room is certain gripping in its plot and the characterizations of the players at hand. The more this reviewer listens to it, the more it may share a tie between itself and 2009's Patient Zero as the top Viyran related story to date followed by the previous efforts. Onward, Time's Horizon!

Ten jelly babies total! 

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