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96. Valhalla

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/24/18 5:40 am
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The Doctor arrives on Valhalla with the goal of finding a job or opening a hotel, but finds the planet forgotten by Earth and subject to regular riots when it's invaded by giant termites and he has to help citizens survive even while the Moon's chief official heads for the hills.

The story is interesting from start to finish. It has a good setting and was the first audio to definitively take place towards the end of the Seventh Doctor's life as he's traveling alone. The writing is good. The casting is solid including future Missy Michelle Gomez and Philip Jackson (Japp from the Poirot series.) While it's not mind-blowing, it's very good and definitely worth a listen.

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/18/17 3:06 am
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This is criminally under-rated! "Valhalla" is a marvelous story. The cast is superb, the characters are wonderful, the setting is great, and the story is deliciously baroque.

In hindsight, the highlight of the cast is Michelle Gomez, who gives a very strong performance in the faux companion role. Jevvan is one of those characters who you'd like to see join the Doctor at the end of the story, but the fact that she's the sort of person who would turn the Doctor down is part of what makes her so great. Then there's Fraser James, who delivers every line with absolute conviction. His delivery of that dumb joke about spiders mating with mice is one of those lines that has thoroughly lodged itself in my memory. And he delivers the whole script like that. That kind of total conviction in a performance is incredibly compelling. And of course, then there's Susannah York and Philip Jackson... it's nice to see the BBC7 series isn't monopolizing the great casting.

I despair that this story is rated so low. Stories like this are what "Doctor Who" is for.
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Reviewed By: YorickReview Date: 12/8/16 6:15 pm
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Story started off strong and interesting but kind of fell apart in the last episode unfortunately. One of McCoys stronger performances and it was a nice change to see him operating on his own. Fraser James was a tad on the wooden side and "scrum" never convinced as a swear word!!
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review 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.