Presidential Babe: For her to not be bored is a rare thing these days. You and me both, love.
Noble Savage: Leela is trusted by the ex-slaves because she is an honest soul who doesn’t only look out for herself. Its one of the things that made her stand out on Gallifrey Prime too. She has vampire enhanced sense these days and can hear a pin drop. I honestly don’t believe that Louise Jameson could give a poor performance but this material almost pushes her to give a heartless one because Leela sounds so fed up with everything that is going on in this story and I was on the verge of losing interest in her character too. Unthinkable.
‘Let’s not count on our scientific breakthroughs until they have well and truly broken through’ is about as imaginative as the dialogue gets here.
Dreadful Dialogue: ‘So you conducted some kind of psycho-genetic surgery on that enables them to visualise and then materialise this pathway. They give it shape, then give it form…’ What the frig are they talking about?
Great Ideas: Romana bringing together the cleverest minds that this Gallifrey can offer to work on a way back to her Gallifrey is the smartest thing she has done in over six releases. Temporal science in this universe is intellectually stuck (is that a technical term?), it has been trapped for a generation between two competing theories. Their attempts to move time have been analogous to moving between pages in a book…but time isn’t static, its change. A signal has been coming from the vortex which could be from Braxiatel. Its possible we are supposed to get excited by this.
Audio Landscape: A horrid whiny noise fills the first scene, applause.
Result: At one point throughout this adventure Romana uttered the immortal words ‘let us hope that this is genuinely interesting…’ You should never tempt fate like that. Evolution is not so much uninteresting but irrelevant. It's so hard to be engaged by the events that are taking place on this world not only because they are unfolding at a glacial pace, feature inadequately drawn characters and fail to provide any significant surprises but also because we’re constantly reminded that this isn’t where any of the main characters want to be. How can we get involved in the action if Romana is on the verge of a complete borderm (she mentions it about three times in this story), Leela is just killing time with a cause until she can go home and the populace of this planet are so gullible that they cannot see that they are being used in order to expedite their return to Gallifrey Prime. Is this what comes of digging your heels in and sticking around on an alternative Gallifrey when even the regulars point out that it is tedious to do so? Where nothing significant happens over three hours of storytelling? Who are these people on this planet? Do they have lives beyond the plot mechanics of these stories? Does anybody have a sense of humour? Why should we care? If an author as strong as Una McCormack can be strangled by the irrelevances of this arc there is something very seriously going wrong with this range. Once again nothing seems to have happened (check out episode one of Brotherhood of the Daleks where triple the amount of events and surprises occur in half an hour than has been achieved in Gallifrey V over four times that running time) but people standing around pontificating. Trust me, that really isn’t as interesting as it might seem if they aren’t talking about anything worth listen to. This never once feels like McCormack’s work or at least not the engaging fantasy tie-in writer that I am accustomed to. She’s much better than this. Evolution is an offensively bad audio, impenetrable to newcomers and an extreme distortion of anything that made this range great to its following. Even Louise Jameson sounds uninterested: 1/10