Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 12/14/14 11:49 am
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This is a McCoy outing on his own, and the bemused ramblings of what appears to be a Time Lord who has lost his way are the most accurate words to describe the beginning of this title. Sylvester seems to be struggling to be himself, now, wandering as he is a visitor in Valhalla, a, somewhat distant earth satellite colony long since forgotten by it's benefactors. We learn how the Doctor is trying to sell himself at the job centre to secure himself work. This is all at odds, when we learn that Valhalla as descended into a mire of teaming unhappy souls, whom are allowed to publicly riot, and pay for the privilege just to let of their anxieties and pressures of living this dire existence. It certainly sounds like humankind is struggling to keep a grip, controlled as it is by a non democratic non elected council called the registry. The only thing that is thriving in Valhalla are the termites, and they have what soon becomes apparent their own agenda of of how they are going to change things around. for this, so distant of earth's colonies. Only then do we start to learn what the plan is from the Doctor, and why he is coming to the rescue of these individuals.
McCoy is compromised and very much on form in this story, pervading a minstrel like quality with the script lay out before him as well as having a play around with the emotions, McCoy is starting for me to become a jester of the English Language, with his Scottish brogue adding to the overall command of the sense of identity that is the Doctor. He is without question a fine actor, and that is apparent, whether this does him full worth in this outing of the 7th Time Lord, if I am honest, the jury is still out. It is entertaining and that must be some sort of massive tick in the box. However the idea of the thought of enemy actually being a down trodden human experiment gone wrong and then forgotten, and thus, seeking it's own revenge, is a nicely worked if overused theme.
Not bad, for nearing the 100th output in the main range. Nice to see the Doctor perform on his own for once as well.