He Jests at Scars (Doctor Who: Unbound) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Sep 2003
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Set at the end of The Trial of a Time Lord, the Valeyard had managed to take the Doctors remaning regenerations and set out to create his own order in time and space by creating diffenet timelines with the (help) of, a woman called Ellie. In in meantime Mal(Played by Bonnie Langford) sets out to find out with happand to the Doctor with the help of the Time Lords
This is one of the most dark and interesting unbound dramas i have listened to and I hope more like this comes out soon.
Meanwhile, dear old Big Finish productions have given me a superb Valeyard fix in the form of this superb CD audio drama. Michael Jayston returns and is in top form as the evil antidoctor who has inherited the Doctor's remaining lives and been given free reign to do just exactly as he pleases with the universe and the timelines in the Doctor's TARDIS!
As well as the brilliant storytelling, the masterful performances from Michael Jayston and (seriously) Bonnie Langford (I know!) I was blown away by the dynamic, epic sound design (planets exploding, time distortion etc) and the sinister Radiophonic-style music. I particularly liked the references to the TV stories and hearing about how the Valeyard changes the outcomes of those stories just to find out what effect it has on the history of the universe!
The realism of the drama also exposed to me the sad futility of the insane, power-hungry would-be dictators who keep cropping throughout Doctor Who. What happens if they actually get what they want and the billions of deaths that it takes before they realise that it's not making their lives any more satisfying, that power brings responsibility whether you like it or not, and that a little knowledge is a very dangerous thing!
I bought this CD when it first came out, listened to it a dozen times and sold it again. I've just bought it back again and it's been in my car stereo for two days now. I love it.
The story itself is an epic concerning paradoxes, planet destruction, and the death of the Matrix. Admittedly there is an awful lot of continuity in this story both from the TV series and previous Big Finish audios but for once the story actually demands all that continuity. There are references to Daleks, Cybermen, Thals, Nimon, Silurians, Tharils, Logopolis, The Doomsday Weapon and probably quite a few more that I have forgotten but like I said these references fit well into the story. The Valeyard is portrayed as possibly the most ruthless character ever to feature in Doctor Who. He destroys planets and star systems for his own amusement while always stressing that if he changes his mind he can go back and avert their destruction. Long term fans of Doctor Who will know that these sort of paradoxes dont bode well for the future, indeed the Valeyard manages to kill the 1st and 4th Doctors making his own exsistence one huge paradox.
In conclusion this story is well worth a listen (or two, it can be quite confusing first time round) and is a worthy addition to the Doctor Who Unbound series.
I find the whole character of the Valeyard extremely interesting and this showcases the character to the upmost. As an alternate reality (which is what the Unbound series is all about) it's an excellent showcase and allows Michael Jayston to show more of the character that has not been used since Trial of a Timelord. The whole cast is in fantastic form and although I got this because it features the Valeyard, it has got my interest in the other stories in the Unbound series.
So anyone who wants to find out about the Valeyard, if only you've heard is name used by the Great Intelligence, I'd say get this; just watch some Classic Who before if you don't want to keep clicking on Google to find out who the aliens in it are.
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