- Audio CD
- Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Dec. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785751956
- ISBN-13: 978-1785751950
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 4.3 x 14.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Eighth Doctor: The Time War Series 1 (Doctor Who - The Eighth Doctor: The Time War) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Dec 2017
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In the lead off story, the Star Ship Theseus, the Eighth Doctor has tried to run away from the Time War but that comes to an end. The Doctor and his companion land on a luxury cruise liner that offers a bargain fare, but there's also a disappearing passenger. They discover the truth about the passenger but that's when everything starts to change. Overall, this is a very good story that manages to introduce subtle issues that escalate throughout the episode. The thrust of the story is that the Doctor has tried to run away from the Time War, but now the Time War is coming after him. A brilliant start to the box set.
Next up is Echoes of War in which the Doctor and survivors of the Theseus crash land on a planet where the Time War's effects are being felt and the Doctor has to lead them to safety. His only ally? An amnesiac Dalek who could regain his memory at any time.
This story manages to maintain a good balance between clever high concept script ideas and providing character moments to the survivors, particularly to the new companion Bliss. The presence of the Dalek keeps the tension high throughout. Overall, a suspenseful story that hits some great emotional high notes.
In the Conscript, The Doctor is conscripted into the Gallifreyan army along with younger new recruits and put into basic training.
This is an interesting concept with somewhat hit and miss execution. In the extras, Writer Matt Fitton he borrowed heavily from war movies such as Full Metal Jacket. I think he borrowed a bit too much. When Doctor Who is at its best, it helped us paint Gallifrey as alien in so many aspects of their culture. Here, everything is lifted to apply to Time Lords which makes no sense as they're not humans. More imagination really should have gone into imaging how Gallifreyan training would be different and make us feel like we were watching aliens train and still relating to them.
Yet, what does work about the story is Paul McGann's performance as the disruptive and rebellious influence in the camp. The other side, the war-fighting Gallifreyans are given their due and Fitton tries to bring balance to the script and manages to do so and even avoid portraying any of them as one-dimensional. There's a great scene where the Doctor is confronted and asked to provide another solution to the Dalek problem. It's a great moment that highlights an important problem. The ending is a great cliffhanger to set up the conclusion.
The Finale, One Life turns our understanding of the first three episodes completely on its head as we learn what the Dalkes and Time Lords really want and one character faces a heartbreaking decision.
In many ways, this is the typical John Dorney story, but it's more the typical middle or beginning John Dorney story than the end due to the intimate nature of the story. One Life manages to become far bigger in scope as time weapons are deployed and fleets clash, but also more intimate as our focus is drawn to one character and the decisions he must make. Overall, it's brilliant, and tragic, and makes for a superb end that shows the evils and heartbreak of the Time War.
Overall, this is a great set which showcases some strong writing, as well as showcasing Paul McGann's considerable talents.