Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 4/25/17 11:20 am
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The finale has the Doctor facing off against the surviving members of the Doom Coalition. It's a well-paced and exciting piece with the hugest ticking time bomb you can imagine about to go off.
There are so many highlights in this story. Mark Bonnar has probably his best episode as the Eleven since his initial introduction. One scene, in particular, shows how dangerous and twisted that character is. The Doctor tries several desperate gambit, but the story's resolution really comes down to Liv and Helen.
The resolution is very clever. On one hand, it took me totally by surprise. On the other, I saw how the writers (particularly John Dorney) had been laying the groundwork for this from the first story, so it didn't come out of nowhere. One of the biggest surprises, The Red Lady , a story I thought was a brilliant Blink-like diversion, does actually tie in to the larger story, though we don't find out how until the final scene.
There's also more foreshadowing of the decisions the Doctor would make during the Time War thrown in for good measure. Overall, Doom Coalition has been a superb run of stories. Big Finish has produced one of the truly epic Doctor Who tales.