TIBERE: So, this is a sequel of sorts to last month’s Short Trip, “A Heart on Both Sides”. We reviewed it, we really loved it, you can check it out here. Well, I say sequel. More like, another little thematic vignette on the horror of the Time War. It’s … Interesting, I guess? And … Yeah, really not as good as the first.
SCRIBBLES: I find this story pretty hard to react to as a story, because it isn’t, really, It’s more twenty minutes of nostalgia and loosely connected incident that isn’t particularly interesting, building to an astonishing scene that feels more like the beginning to a greater story. And that scene is very, very worth hearing, particularly for the low cost this story is available for. But in comparison to the highs “A Heart on Both Sides” achieved with plot, theme, and character, this feels a little lackluster. Not reprehensible, actually very enjoyable, but a bit quieter and less eventful than it needs to be.
TIBERE: Basically. I do find the beginning of the story interesting, though, if not especially good. In part because this is a post-“To the Death” audio written by Eddie Robson. Now, very much was – or so it felt – the brain between the Eighth Doctor Adventures range.
SCRIBBLES: Moreso, I’d call him the heart. He’s engaged with the fallout of the range once before in spectacular fashion with “The Secret History,” and it’s lovely to just hear the mundane moments that fill Susan’s life after all that transpired. It’s less aggressively raw than I’d have hoped, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t without merit.
TIBERE: It feels like him almost reclaiming the range, in a way. That range always felt conflicted, between the very trad efforts offered by Nicholas Briggs and some other writers (“To the Death”, or “Vengeance of Morbius”, being prime examples of that ethos), and the care-free, fun, character-driven version Robson offered. I do agree that these initial bits feel a bit aimless in the context of the story, but they do take some degree of additional meaning when placed within the context of the EDAs. And if you’re a fan of the EDAs, I think that’s a really indispensable purchase – it kind of finds some thematic resolution that the actual finale didn’t offer. So yeah – it’s definitely not the best thing under the sun, but it offers interesting commentary on the past and opens new prospects for later on. Not great, but interesting, that’s the assessment.