What's it about: Molly O'Sullivan is still trying to help people, but now she is back in London, staying in Baker Street. But there are dangerous forces abroad. Where are the young deserters disappearing to? Who are the Huntsmen? And what is really going on at the Blackwell Convalescent Home? Perhaps the mysterious 'Surgeon General' has the answers. To find out, the Doctor must tackle an old and baffling enemy.
Battle Scarred: The Doctor know where all the hidden passages are and takes great delight in showing Molly where he has secreted his TARDIS. That might be the most unintentionally suggestive sentence I have ever written. This is one instance when the Doctor simply arriving in a particular time and place is the catalyst to everything that follows. He has lighted the blue touch paper before even stepping out of the TARDIS. Shaun's virus is activated by temporal energy, just a trace of residual artron energy in the house after the TARDIS materialised was enough to cause the virus to activate. When he travelled in the TARDIS, surrounded by artron energy, the virus blossomed and bloomed. The first Dark Eyes box set had a particular goal in mind with the eighth Doctor, rehabilitating him after the loss of so many friends and showing that there is still a fight out there that is worth being involved in. The second set seems to have put him on the back burner for the first two instalments, giving the meat of the stories to Liv Chenka and Molly O'Brien. He's active in both stories but mainly on the periphery, running about and trying to help and turning up somewhere near the end to explain what has been going on. But in both The Traitor and The White Room the real eyes that we are seeing the stories through are Liv and Molly. Fortunately in both cases both the characters (although Liv needs a little work make her less like a Dalek Empire throwback) and the actresses are more than up to the task.
Standout Performance: Ruth Bradley is such a presence as Molly it is a shame that she was written out of one of the instalments of this set. Some of Molly's more fiery characteristics have been toned down (I always liked her temper but there were times when she could almost reach Tegan proportions of grumpiness) and she is much more savvy about futuristic technology and alien races since her travels with the Doctor. She's much more rounded now and she was a pretty nicely formed character to start off with. I would quite like some standalone main range adventures with the eighth Doctor and Molly because Paul McGann and Ruth Bradley clearly get on like a house on fire and that really translates in these stories. However with Dark Eyes III and IV on the horizon it looks like this pair are destined to star in galaxy spanning epics for the time being.
Audio Landscape: Gun cocking, horses on cobbles, people chatting on the streets, breaking glass, Molly and the Doctor listening to themselves looking for the TARDIS, knocking, a projector, crackling fire, ticking grandfather clock, birds twittering, the Cylon style humming lights of the Viyrans, the Doctor falling down a well, Molly fighting her restraints, footsteps, Viyrans blowing the crap out of each other, church bells fireworks...the end of the War.
Standout Scene: The end of the war should be a moment of triumph but Molly in on hand to remind the Doctor that he cannot run away from his responsibilities. At least this gives us a time and place at last, just as we depart the story.