‘THE REVOLUTION GAME’
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The Eighth Doctor and Lucie visit Castus Sigma
The second episode of ‘The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller’ is ‘The Revolution Game’ by Alice Cavender. Alice Cavender wrote the Short Trip featuring the Eighth Doctor and Lucie – ‘The Curse of the Fugue’. 😀
Alice Cavender also wrote the Eleventh Doctor story called ‘False Coronets’ with Clara and Jane Austen in it. I enjoyed that story and it was so nice to hear an Eighth Doctor and Lucie story by Alice.
In ‘The Revolution Game’, it’s Lucie’s birthday. The Doctor has a treat for her as he sets the TARDIS on a random planet they visit. At first, it isn’t what Lucie hoped as it’s the colony world Castus Sigma.
But later, things become intriguing when the Doctor and Lucie get embroiled in the events of the interplanetary Retro Roller Derby, sponsored by Heliacorp. But things aren’t what they seem in this.
The games that take place on Castus Sigma are a matter of life and death. Very soon, strange insect-like creatures come out of their hiding places as they’re about to sabotage the games with a grudge.
Unlike ‘The Dalek Trap’, this episode had more Paul McGann’s Doctor and Sheridan Smith’s Lucie Miller interacting with each other. I liked the camaraderie that was shared between Eight and Lucie.
Paul’s Doctor becomes curious about what’s going on with these games during the Retro Roller Derby. He deduces more in interacting with the insect-like creatures and knowing more of Heliacorp.
I did like that moment where the Doctor tried to talk to Spartacus, using his sonic screwdriver as a phone to disguise the fact he’s talking to thin air. The insect-like creatures can become invisible here.
Lucie Miller is equally resourceful in this adventure and even displays compassion for those who are injured or trying to survive on Castus Sigma. Some of the comedic moments with Lucie are amusing.
Certain details about Lucie’s background get unveiled in the episode. This includes moments when she comments about her mother Mary Miller and what she was given by her on her 13th birthday. 🙂
There are also moments when Lucie gets to take Sash’s place and be in the race itself. I enjoyed it when Lucie tries out the lower gravity on Castus Sigma and she remarks she’s like the Bionic Woman.
The story’s guest cast includes Jonathan Keeble as Clegg, who is an executive during the game’s proceedings on the planet. He’s not really a clean-cut character and he has his own selfish agenda. 😐
There’s also Madeline Duggan as Sash and Tom Alexander as George. George gets injured before a race is about to commence and Sash helps him out whilst she also helps the Eighth Doctor and Lucie.
Tom Alexander also voices Spartacus, one of the insect-like creatures on the planet. And yes, that is a name from the ‘Spartacus’ film. At first, Spartacus appears friendly before his motives are unveiled.
There’s also Alicia Ambrose-Bayly who voices Tallulah, another insect-like creature in the story. At first, I think you’re led to believe that Tallulah is a bad one. But her peaceful motives get revealed. 🙂
I did like the twist featured in the episode where one friendly insect alien happens to be the bad guy whilst a group of insects that are made out to be bad are actually good. It is a good deception there.
Sash and Lucie are also in support of the friendly insect aliens led by Tallulah who show a banner in a peaceful protest. Characters like Clegg and Spartacus attempt to disrupt the peaceful proceedings. 😐
Clegg is interested in maintaining Heliacorp’s interests whilst Spartacus wants to provoke a war. This leads to a fast-paced climax at the episode’s end where Lucie is outrunning Spartacus chasing her. 😀
Thankfully, the Doctor is able to help Lucie out once he discovers she’s in trouble. They also manage to blackmail Clegg and even free the dam containing lots of insect-like creature hidden in the water.
Just to say, I think the action-packed climax could’ve been stretched out a bit. Also the game sequences weren’t that clear as I wasn’t certain whether Lucie was go-carting or skating on ice here.
Overall, ‘The Revolution Game’ is an enjoyable episode featuring the Eighth Doctor and Lucie. I liked that there was more interaction between them and I liked the plot twist featured during the story. 🙂
‘The Revolution Game’ rating – 8/10
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