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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/15/15 2:43 am
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This final Colin Baker story reveals everything behind the Trial of the Time Lord. It's a bit of a mess but given all the behind the scenes shenanigans, it's a small wonder it turned out as good as it did.

Some of the highlights of the story include the Doctor's ringing indictment of the High Council in Episode 1. Anthony Ainley turns in his best performance as the Master since Castrovalva. The revelation of the Valeyard is a great twist and a strong concept with Michael Jayston turning in an enjoyable performance. Tony Selby's return as Glitz is welcomed.

The script had problems, but given the bizarre nature of its formation, it's about as good as could be expected. The idea of the Valeyard never got realized its full potential, with him coming off more as a duplicate of the Master. The two part format of the finale didn't help matters. A three to four part script written by a single writer would have achieved a better result. Also, there are so many oddities and problems in continuity such as Mel's arrival from the Doctor's future to meet the Doctor before he met her. Probably the best thing that can be said for it is that all the various plot holes were grist for the mill for Big Finish's stable of writers, and launched plenty of novels, comic stories, and other spin-offs.