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The War Doctor - Series 1
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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.
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Reviewed By: RyanOM1991Review Date: 1/9/16 8:24 pm
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Not a fast-paced start, but something much more thoughtful and effective.

Doctor Who has been criticised by some for its frantic pace since 2005, so this more considered and thoughtful approach was a nice surprise.

John Hurt lends some welcome gravitas to the part of the Doctor - sympathetic and abrasive in equal measure. He pitches the role perfectly, avoiding melodrama but never underplaying.

Lucy Briggs-Owen is equally excellent. She's strong, not brash. She's confident, not cocky. She's witty, not irritating. Like John Hurt, she pitches it naturalistically without losing any of the drama. With her performance and Nicholas Briggs' engaging scripting, Rejoice is the perfect budding "companion".

Happily, this isn't an explosive noisy blockbuster but a thoughtful reflection on war has affected both the universe and the Doctor. Nicholas Briggs scripting is superb, dealing with heavy-handed issues in a meaningful and realistic way. Nothing feels contrite or melodramatic - the angst and bleakness is handled intimately and with dignity. As expected, this doesn't feel like a typical Doctor Who story - no running through corridors or bombast. This is something far more reflective and engaging.

The soundscape and music is amongst the best that Big Finish has ever produced, building a variety of tangible atmospheres within seconds.

A triumphant beginning to the series which holds great promise.