of the Clone - Review by Steve Hardy
With 'The Day of the Clone' 'Timeslip' undergoes a change of
writer and a slight change of emphasis. Bruce Stewart's extroverted
'big future' outings are replaced with Victor Pemberton's more
introverted, contemporary plotting (well, it was contemporary
THEN) with a sprinkling of past events (and yes, I know Vic replaced
Bruce for the last episode of 'Burn-Up' but 'Clone' is the first
all-Vic story without any Bruce influence.)
The time barrier in 'Clone' is no longer the mean to access the
adventure as such; it is now more a plot device used 'within'
the adventure. The action here takes place in the present or in
the (fairly) recent past, with the emphasis mostly on telling
the story of characters we know and theories and procedures already
encountered in the series. This is not to say that 'Clone' is
re-treading old ground - not at all! The stories strength lies
in Pemberton's audacious use of previous characters in a new way.
We meet the original Morgan C. Devereaux whose clone was featured
in 'Ice Box' and Dr. Frazer, who it appears was the 'blueprint'
for 'Burn-Up's' Alpha 4 - with both John Barron and Ian Fairbairn
giving subtly different performances to their previous ones in
the series. Back in the story mix are cloning and the longevity
drug, HA57 and we finally get to find out Traynor's secret...
but no spoilers here! Watch it for yourself.
Presentation of the episodes on the disc is first class with
the muddy transfers used in the 1993, VHS presentation now a dim
and distant nightmare. The cleaned-up versions looking pretty
spick and span, with only a slight hint of muddiness here and
there. One small gripe in terms of presentation is the use of
pictures from 'Burn-Up' and 'The Wrong End of Time' on the menu
screens. The extras on this disk consist of a photo gallery, which
consists entirely of pictures supplied by Spencer Banks, Ian Fairbairn
and P.A.S.T. Projects - though that isn't stated and there are
spelling mistakes on some of the captions. These are only minor
gripes though and nothing really worthy of serious complaint.
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