2.1 Infamy of the Zaross by John Dorney
When Jackie Tyler takes an away day to visit her old friend Marge in Norwich, she finds her holiday immediately interrupted in the worst way possible – an alien invasion! The infamous Zaross have come to take over the Earth. Or have they? After Jackie calls in the Doctor and Rose to deal with the menace, it soon becomes clear that this is a very unusual invasion indeed. The Doctor is about to uncover one of the most heinous crimes in the history of the galaxy. And if he can’t stop it an awful lot of people are going to die.
2.2 The Sword of the Chevalier by Guy Adams
1791 and the Doctor and Rose get to meet one of the most enigmatic, thrilling and important people in history: The Chevalier d’Eon. She used to be known as a spy, but then she used to be known as a lot of things. If there’s one thing the Doctor knows it’s that identity is what you make it. Choose a life for yourself and be proud. Mind you, if the Consortium of the Obsidian Asp gets their way, all lives may soon be over…
2.3 Cold Vengeance by Matt Fitton
The TARDIS arrives on Coldstar, a vast freezer satellite, packed with supplies to feed a colony world. But there are cracks in the ice, and something scuttles under the floors. Soon, Rose and the Doctor encounter robots, space pirates and… refuse collectors. As Coldstar’s tunnels begin to melt, an even greater threat stirs within. An old enemy of the Doctor puts a plan into action – a plan for retribution. Nobody’s vengeance is colder than an Ice Warrior’s.
Review: I actually prefer the dynamic between Ten and Donna to that between Ten and Rose. As a result, I initially listened to The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Volume 02 with some trepidation. I have a very low threshold for angst and melodrama. Thankfully, the three stories in this set were melodrama and angst-free, recapturing their lighter early days.
“Infamy of the Zaross” by John Dorney was a marvelous Galaxy Quest style reality show send-up involving even higher stakes. Apart from the overall tone, which was spot on, I appreciated the parallels between Jackie and Rose and Marge and Jess. I also liked how Jess actually articulated her existential pain. The current culture does take a toll, and sometimes allegory is the only outlet through which to properly vent.
“Cold Vengeance” by Matt Fitton is an extremely well executed. if somewhat boilerplate, Ice Warrior story. As with the Daleks and the Cybermen, there’s only so much variation to be had once the internal logic has been established. I really enjoyed meeting space pirates and the girl sent to collect the recycling. I also liked the world building behind how the Ice Warriors ended up on Coldstar in the first place.
“The Sword of the Chevalier” by Guy Adams is actually the second story in this set, but I’ve saved it until last because it was my favorite. I was unfamiliar with The Chevalier d’Eon and had to look her up. She was awesome! Nickolas Grace played her to perfection, and I was actually sorry to see her go because she made a wonderful guest companion. I also adored the new villains in the story — the tri-sentient slave traders. They were even more wonderfully gothic than the clockwork robots.
David Tennant, Billie Piper, and Camille Coduri bounced off each other so effortlessly that it’s like they’ve never been away. I hope the stories in future box sets afford them equally good scripts.
You can by The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Volume 02 here!
Written By: John Dorney, Guy Adams, Matt Fitton
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs
David Tennant (The Doctor), Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), Rosie Cavaliero (Marge Ellmore), Beth Lilly (Jess Ellmore), Guy Henry (Ikron), George Watkins (Tanan / Steve), George Asprey (Leader), Nickolas Grace (Chevalier D’Eon), Tam Williams (Christopher Dalliard), Mark Elstob (Joxer / Butler), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Hempel / Dancer / Duchess), James Joyce (Darcy / Groom), Keziah Joseph (Lorna), Maureen Beattie (Brona Volta), Sean Biggerstaff (Callum Volta), Anthony Stuart-Hicks (Management / Bert) and Nicholas Briggs (Lord Hasskor / Commander Slaan)
Other parts played by members of the cast.
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Matt Fitton, John Dorney
Executive Producers Jason Haigh
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