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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/14/15 4:17 am
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Master has been banished to Earth while the Doctor never was. The Earth is torn and battered from several alien invasions that the Doctor wasn't there for. The idea is intriguing, but the idea that Timelords with their non-interference policy would plant the Master on an unsuspecting Earth seems contradictory. Surely they could put him on a deserted planet?

David Warner is totally believable as an alternative third Doctor and would like to hear more of him. David Tennant's antagonistic and sceptical Colonel is probably the highlight of the whole thing. Nick of course is the old veteran and cannot be faulted it wouldn't be anywhere near the level of production it is without him. The interplay between Nick and David is wonderful and as new to us as it is to the characters themselves.

It's good, but I am just not keen on this; it's more of a story but doesn't really explore the possibilities as much as the others I have heard so far. They could rewrite this story for any Doctor it lacks the unique qualities that others in the series provide. The whole thing seems weighed down with bickering over old feuds and introducing the setting and alternative version of events so moves rather slowly with only an hour. I just don't think enough focus is given to the main threat. The softly spoken, subtle master doesn't do anything for me other than make me sleepy. Seems rather reminiscent of 'Mind of Evil'.
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Reviewed By: yellafever99Review Date: 5/19/15 6:45 am
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Great turn by David Tennant and a glimpse into what would have been if the Pertwee era never happened.....
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 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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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/23/15 6:12 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

In an alternate universe, what if the Third Doctor didn't serve as U.N.I.T. scientific adviser in the 1970s (or maybe 80s depending on how the show portrayed it) but instead began his exile in 1996 leaving U.N.I.T. to muddle through on their own against the Silurians, the Autons and all the creatures the Third Doctor battled in the mainstream whoniverse. The decisions were left to Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart who the second Doctor met twice. The brigadier made the necessary choices that kept the Earth in one piece and was pushed out of his job at U.N.I.T. and been a bit of a laughing stock in the eyes of the military community and now spends his days running a bar in Hong Kong. The Doctor arrives on the eve of the British handover of Hong Kong to the Chinese.

Overall, this was a well-produced story with a decent enough plot. David Warner steps into the role of the alternate Doctor. David Tennant ads gutso in the role of Colonel Brimmicombe-Wood, U.N.i.T's pushy new Commander.

However, this is a story has a steady focus on the Brigadier. He's a fascinating character in that outwardly he's become quite cynical, but he's still the Brigadier with what some would call "outdated morals" and is a true gentleman. I like the idea that he saved the Earth in the Doctor's absence only not in such a neat way however he did the best he could, saved the world, and people were not happy. There's a bit of a Casablanca motif working with the story of the Brigadier, a man who has left adventure and fighting for what's right and settled down to run a bar and escape from the world. And the last line at the end of the story ties in to that motif.

The program is a bit more PG-13 than traditional Doctor Who with some barnyard expletives thrown in and a minor adult situation but other than that, it stands a solid examination of an alternate Doctor Who timeline.
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