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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 1/4/19 3:49 am
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It takes a massive set of balls to rope Sir John Hurt into reprising his role of the War Doctor and hand him a script that features him drinking fruit juice for radio. Suffice it to say this is not what I expected to launch the series. Sure the story opens with a Dalek fleet and the Time Lords triggering a time destructor (the mega weapon from the Daleks Master Plan) but the plot takes a hard left from there and we follow the Doctor recuperating on a quiet planet. There's a hesitance in our titular hero, an unwillingness to return to the fight, that I would think would be uncharacteristic for this incarnation. What happened to the resolve, to the fire and brimstone, to the unspeakable acts of war? The portrayal is very reminiscent of McGann in its hesitance and self indulgence. This is not a warrior wholly committed to his cause. It is the same daft man in a little blue box joking and trying to avoid the rigamarole of Time Lord society that we are accustomed to. But that's the point, isn't it? For all the blood on his hands (and there certainly is some), for as much as he sees himself a monster and avoids looking himself in the mirror, he is still the same as he has always been. He may try and forsake his name but everyone around him still uses it as he is unmistakably still The Doctor.

This is not the war epic I anticipated but it is a fantastic character piece, well acted an written, and is a great opening for both the box set and the series.

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Reviewed By: St. XtoferReview Date: 3/11/16 5:55 pm
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Fantastic return for the War Doctor. You cannot ask for better acting than what you get from Sir John Hurt and Jacqueline Pearce in this one. And the new martial sounding theme and the soundscape are absolutely fantastic. Gives the whole thing a much deserved epic quality. I would only slight this one for being a not particularly imaginative Dalek story but I wouldn't expect them to get tricky with the first episode of a new series. I highly recommend this one.
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Reviewed By: PolarityReversalReview Date: 1/16/16 12:47 am
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Loved it! John Hurt just has a voice that was meant to be put into Big Finish audio. The story was phenomenal. With so little to go off on the war doctor, something like this just makes you want to devour it and then some. Do yourself a favor and listen to this.
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Reviewed By: ShinyVaatiReview Date: 1/11/16 7:41 am
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A superb and surprisingly thoughtful start to Big Finish's latest foray into New Who.

I say surprisingly because despite what one may expect, this is far more of a reflectful character drama than an sprawling space epic. The beginning has some Time Lord intrigue and a few exploding Daleks but after that it's a much different affair...

The War Doctor is wonderfully portrayed by John Hurt, who leaps into the audio format seamlessly. It's compounded by Briggs's script which clearly demonstrates his understanding for the character. This Doctor isn't a trigger happy soldier, but more of a disturbed and lonely warrior. He's quick to action, but he isn't proud of it. He thinks he's a monster, but is he really? This fits with the character we first met onscreen in the "The Day of the Doctor" while also adding numerous layers. Indeed, perhaps the Doctor is best defined by what he isn't instead of what he is.

The supporting cast similarly shines. Lucy Briggs Owen's Rejoice fills the temporary companion role fabulously, providing the perfect foil to the War Doctor. A caring young woman who wants to help the man who refuses it at every turn. And Jacqueline Pearce plays a calculating Time Lord in the form of Ollistra. Despite only appearing a few scenes the character is surprisingly layered. She can't be clearly defined as a villain or an alley and I can't wait for that to unfold in the the future.

The plot is light and simple, but it makes the characters shine. This is truly an unforgettable beginning to a dark chapter in the Doctor's life.