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Doom Coalition - 1.1 - The Eleven

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Reviewed By: kiwifluffyReview Date: 7/1/17 7:00 am
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This story has an impossible job, coming after the brilliance which is Dark Eyes- that series raised expectations for the 8th Doctor to an absurd level. As such, the story- while an excellent one- still feels like a step back.
It's an entertaining adventure which manages to hit all the criteria for a Gallifrey story- various artefacts of Rassilon, a highly inappropriate person assuming the presidency, obscure references to Gallifreyan law and some clear references to the events of Big Finish's Gallifrey series. The Eleven is an interesting take on an overused horror story trope with clear potential, particularly from the contrast between his different selves.
Despite this, the story never really manages the same level of tension that Dark Eyes did. While it is nice to see Liv as a far less morose individual actually enjoying her travels, this story fails to give her an enormous amount to do- a tragedy, as like the other companions Eight has been travelling with recently, she is incredibly competent and deserves her chance to shine. Most of the story is everyone reacting to the actions of the Eleven as he remains perpetually three steps ahead. Overall, while a good story that sets up a villain with an enormous amount of potential, the story is nowhere near as strong as Dark Eyes and lacks the established cast and strength of character that Gallifrey does (a series which this episode has a great deal in common with).
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Reviewed By: JacobzReview Date: 10/7/16 10:11 pm
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McGann is in fine form as usual, Nicola Walker's Liv Chenka is always snarky and fun, and Mark Bonnar as the Eleven is absolutely riveting every moment, one of the most creative and thrilling villains created for Doctor Who.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 10/15/15 10:01 am
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This story introduces The Eleven, a Time Lord with a regenerative illness that has all of his personalities active at once. It's a great idea and Mark Bonnar does a superb job bringing this intriguing and frightening character to life.

The story itself is a fast paced mad dash that finds the Doctor forced to come to Gallifrey and then trying to thwart the Eleven's escape attempt. It's an action packed hour where the tension rarely lets up.

The acting is solid throughout with a nice cameo by Sylvester McCoy. Overall, "The Eleven" is a great lead off story for the Doom Coalition series.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 10/13/15 11:07 am
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First disk of this 4 disk set, and the dulcet tones of Sylvester are penetrating my ear drums, with the new enemy The 11. The Timelord whose previous incarnations are all fighting for the ability to be in control. Sylvester, is on the end of the 11 who is fighting a loosing battle as the 11 spews his vile vengeance and the promise of escape but its all in vain as we witness him being placed in stasis, frozen for everyone's own good. Spool forward and we hear the tones of overly and well versed student Kiani. You know that an interview with a multi personality, in prisoned manic Timelord is not going to end well, and it doesn't. With his escape and ensuing chaos there is nothing else to do other than for Liv and the Doctor to be summoned and before long arrive to find the 11 installing himself as the president of the Timelords invoking some ancient rule about absent Presidents, and the whole Gallifrian academy in uproar, in an almost Arkham Asylum style the 11 sets free other inmates of a similar psychotic nature to reek havoc. With Liv and the Doctor in pursuit, we have just setup what is first of our new 8th Doctor series. The game is afoot, one of cat and mouse, the 8th incarnation pitting his wits against one of the most fundamentally evil enemies facing their Timelord existence. There is a conspiracy at play here, and it is down to the Doctor and Liv to resolve what has actually gone bad, and sooner rather than later. However the sting in the tale, The 11 escapes in a stolen TARDIS, but where too, Earth of course, around the 1960's....

The individual performances of the actors here is wonderful, I cannot praise enough the evil that is portrayed by Mark Bonner as the 11, he is simply Hannibal Lectur on steroids, with a multiple personality disorder that is way beyond the help of some strong medication. Inherent evil pours out of each syllable that is spat out, there is a real hate in the performance for everyone and everything, a incredible chose of actor, coupled with a wonderful part. McGann is McGann eloquent, simplicity with just the hint of arrogant perfection in his portrayal of the Doctor, doing battle with the monster that is 11. Also we have the real first confirmation of Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) as a fully paid up companion and again wonderful casting in this outing as it suits all of Liv's charm and capabilities, Nicola an accomplished actress in her own rights adds a lovely simple balance to the rest of the cast. This has the making of a superb new 8th Doctor series.