Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 8/25/15 9:33 am
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The Sixth Doctor faces his final minutes as the Valeyard replaces him on the TARDIS and the Doctor disappears into the Matrix with only minutes left to find out what has happened and thwart the Valeyard's plan.
In some ways, the story is reminiscent of Logopolis, with a vague bit of pseudo science and time travel at the core of the Valeyard's plans. However, the Brink of Death is far richer tale as it's draped in mystery and suspense. It also maintained a solid emotional core. While Mel is barely in the story, the Doctor forms a strong link with the young time lady Bella who helps in the Matrix. Though she faces an uncertain fate, the way the Doctor connected with her really is a powerful part of this story.
In addition, we're treated to a revelation of how the Valeyard was created and it's a different origin than the Valeyard gave in, "Trial of the Valeyard" but I never really bought that story and what we're presented here is far more plausible. The Doctor has some choice words on the Valeyard as the story plays out.
As for the final scene, it was moving and evocative. It brings a nice balance to the Sixth Doctor's era. In "The Twin Dilemma," the Sixth Doctor began as the most arrogant and egotistical of Doctors, and then has matured throughout the TV era and Big Finish so that in the end, he sacrifices himself in an act of quiet heroism that saves the Time Lords and which not even he remembers.
While there are a few slow moments in the middle, the mystery and the solid ending make this a fine final story. Overall, the Last Adventure may be one of the best box sets Big Finish has ever done. The box set format provides a remarkable scale to the adventure while still tell four entertaining and quite ripping stories.