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, 13 Sept. 2003
This review is from: "Doctor Who", Death Comes to Time (BBC Radio Collection) (Audio CD)
Outwardly, this story is utterly superb. Crystal clear sound effects, akin to those in a film, and superbly powerfull, emotive performances abound.
The trouble is, the story tries to hard to be a revolutionary epic and in so doing slightly mangles the charectar of the Doctor.
If you don't want to know what happens, avert your eyes, etc...
The Doctor, it emerges, is no longer a half-human Time Lord, but rather a "God of the Fourth," who has the power to manipulate time and space simply by saying the right words.
Basically, the code of the Doctor's people forbids using these powers to meddle in affairs for better or for worse; to let the course run naturally.
While this does raise some intriguing questions of ominipitence (Is it unethical for someone to use Immense Powers to help people if using said Powers will cause havoc?), it makes an unnecessary alteration to the charectar of the Doctor.
The revalation that he has had the ability to use these powers all these years, but has been forced by a strict and momumental code not ties in well with the series, and one can't help be utterly immpressed when McCoy's voice suddenly echoes, and he speaks in that ethereal, calm tone.
But what makes the charectar-alteration doubly sad for me is that Sylvester McCoy is my favourite Doctor (I've actually told him that myself,) and he gives a truly majestic performance.
But the revalation that the Doctor was never a child, and has in fact been a demi-god all his lives was frankly to much for me.
Robert Perry and Mike Tucker are two brilliant authors who have written some gripping Seventh Doctor novels, and in their most recent, "Loving the Alien," they tied up all the loose ends by blaming their slight conflict with the Virgin Doctor Who books on Parallel Universe, which I found wonderfull. Robert Perry said in an interview that he preffered to believe "Silver Nemesis" never happened.
I know this may sound a bit obbsesive, but I hope this turns out to be set in a parallel universe, too.
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