This is the third part of the third series of the Gallifrey stories, stories featuring the goings-on on Gallifrey, the Doctor’s home planet. This is chapter twelve of the series so far from series 1 onwards, so there’s a fair bit that has gone on previously, and you’d really want to listen to those before getting to this.
In this story, Pandora has been defeated, but the other temporal powers are not happy with the stance that Gallifrey has taken. Romana is ill, and Valyes is a weak Acting-President. Darkel is winding up her campaign for ultimate power, and she’s not too choosy about how she gets it. Can Matthias hold off the Sunari, Phaidon and Nekkistani forces from falling into war with Gallifrey? And can Leela find K-9?
This is great stuff; while it seems like there’s not a whole lot going on, there’s an awful lot that happens that’s not ‘in your face’ – it’s political manouevring, diplomatic skullduggery, and a whole lot of finding position for all concerned. We get to listen in on a High Council meeting on Gallifrey which is a pretty rare thing to occur, that we actually get to hear anyway. And we find out a whole lot more about some of the key characters in the Gallifrey saga – including Narvin, Matthias, Henzil, Annos and the other temporal powers. It’s also nice to hear a rather familiar voice in a cameo role as Commander Maxil! Fantastic; can’t wait for the next episode.