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2. Sympathy For the Devil


What if...
the Doctor had not been UNIT's scientific advisor?


1997… and a lone exile arrives on Earth, years later than planned.

On the eve of the Handover, an advanced Chinese stealth bomber crashes in the hills above Hong Kong. The discredited UNIT has just 24 hours to steal the technology, rescue the passenger and flee to international wate... (more)

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Review By komodo 5/21/15 9:20 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
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To start with, the cover image is perfect. You see three three faces and expect you'll get a clash of these three strong leaders.
What you also get is an alternative Skaro as a backdrop which is well painted with some well rounded Thall characters and some Daleks that don't behave quite as expected. That's fine though as this is an alternative 3rd Doctor, so a lot of what we know of the daleks, he does not and it may not even happen in this paradigm.
This becomes the first meeting with Davros, so again what we know must be stripped away so we can experience a different first meeting between the characters.
All in, this is a long story, but a solid one filled with well crafted scenes and characters.
Review By adamelijah 4/16/15 8:43 pm
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It's a challenge for these, "What if?" scenarios. This Doctor Who Unbound examines the question, "What if a writer came up with a scenario that's so implausible it strains all credulity or suspension of disbelief?"

Actually, it examines what would happened if at the end of "Trial of the Time Lord," the Doctor ran back to save the Valeyard, who was an evil side of his later incarnations, and the Valeyard instead killed the Doctor and seized his lives, and the Time Lords decided to act like fools and let the Valeyard do whatever he wants.

The answer is that the Valeyard would do evil things. Make that very evil and idiotic things that would in fact ruin his own timeline. And the one person who can stand up and oppose him is Mel Bush, who sets out to show the Doctor the better angel of his nature or kill him if he can't be brought back to sanity.

Once you get the implausibility of the Time Lords letting the Valeyard serve as a free range menace, there is some good to be found in the story. In some way, it's an examination of what a life free of any restraints or discipline leads to. The Doctor's personality doesn't just provide a sense of altruism, but of judgment and a healthy respect for the laws of time and nature that restrain him. The Valeyard tries to obliterate them and this story is the result.

You also have the idea that when you peal away the layers, the Valeyard lacks the courage of the Doctor, and there's something to that, as the Valeyard's plan in, Trial of the Time Lord is an underhanded cheat rather than a direct confrontation. Michael Jayston performs well in this, though only in the last scene do we get any nuance with the Valeyard.

Bonnie Langford also turns in a solid performance as Mel at a couple stages of life. The post-trial Mel and the later, harder edged Mel who is grimmer and grittier. Yes, this story feature a gritty Mel Bush. Bonnie Langford handles the performance well though the script lets her down. The scene at the beginning where Mel kills someone serves to provide ear-catching shock value. It serves no other purpose and was gratuitous plus it undermined the idea that she was still trying to reach out to the Doctor all these years later.

The story is also crammmed with so much continuity (Not only from the TV show, but also from books) that its easy to get lost in it. In the end, it's an odd story. it's a What if Question to which the answer isn't all that interesting or surprising.
Review By komodo 4/8/15 7:31 am
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This is a really good "what if" We get a geat feel for what state the earth would be in had the Doctor not been around for the 70s and 80s, especially to the brigadier's career. More importantly though, this is a good well acted story.

David Warner makes a great Doctor while David Tennant plays the UNIT colonel really well. Mark Gatis also has moments of brilliance.

The story builds slowly and as the pieces come together the perspective changes as mystery becomes curiosity becomes threat and then unfolds into the Master's latest plan, but so much gets revealed along the way that we can't help but see the big picture.

Backing up the solid plot and the great acting are some brilliant moments of comedy with some well written, well timed lines that scream to be repeated.

All up, this was a great piece; non-canon fitting nowhere in any continuity, but a great story anyway.
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