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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/4/17 3:58 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Another outstanding story for the Unbound series. David Warner is an alternate version of the third Doctor who arrived in Hong Kong, 1997. The world has been battered by a series of alien encounters in the '70s and '80s that the Doctor knows nothing about. And trapped here all that time was the Master, trying to attract the Doctor's attention by making trouble all over the world.

Writer Jonathan Clements has contributed a wonderful script with a strong story and lots of lovely little continuity details (if you like that sort of thing). The Brigadier is full of bitterness and resentment from a thankless trying, and succeeding just barely, to protect the world from alien threats without any help from the Doctor. The Master and the Doctor are wonderful together, and the scenes between them are among the best. The Master gets all the best lines. "Pol Pot killed every doctor he could find and none of them was you!" Fantastic stuff.

And what an amazing Doctor is David Warner! He is instantly believable in the role, and his voice is just magic. And it would be remiss of me to fail to mention the other Doctor, David Tennant, playing Col. Brimmicombe-Wood. His career with Big Finish was, shall we say, interrupted when he was chosen to play the tenth Doctor on television. His early, pre-Doctor roles for Big Finish are all wonderful, and Brimmicombe-Wood is no exception.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/14/15 8:17 am
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The Master has been banished to Earth while the Doctor never was. The Earth is torn and battered from several alien invasions that the Doctor wasn't there for. The idea is intriguing, but the idea that Timelords with their non-interference policy would plant the Master on an unsuspecting Earth seems contradictory. Surely they could put him on a deserted planet?

David Warner is totally believable as an alternative third Doctor and would like to hear more of him. David Tennant's antagonistic and sceptical Colonel is probably the highlight of the whole thing. Nick of course is the old veteran and cannot be faulted it wouldn't be anywhere near the level of production it is without him. The interplay between Nick and David is wonderful and as new to us as it is to the characters themselves.

It's good, but I am just not keen on this; it's more of a story but doesn't really explore the possibilities as much as the others I have heard so far. They could rewrite this story for any Doctor it lacks the unique qualities that others in the series provide. The whole thing seems weighed down with bickering over old feuds and introducing the setting and alternative version of events so moves rather slowly with only an hour. I just don't think enough focus is given to the main threat. The softly spoken, subtle master doesn't do anything for me other than make me sleepy. Seems rather reminiscent of 'Mind of Evil'.
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Reviewed By: yellafever99Review Date: 5/19/15 10:45 am
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Great turn by David Tennant and a glimpse into what would have been if the Pertwee era never happened.....
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 4/8/15 11:31 am
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This is a really good "what if" We get a geat feel for what state the earth would be in had the Doctor not been around for the 70s and 80s, especially to the brigadier's career. More importantly though, this is a good well acted story.

David Warner makes a great Doctor while David Tennant plays the UNIT colonel really well. Mark Gatis also has moments of brilliance.

The story builds slowly and as the pieces come together the perspective changes as mystery becomes curiosity becomes threat and then unfolds into the Master's latest plan, but so much gets revealed along the way that we can't help but see the big picture.

Backing up the solid plot and the great acting are some brilliant moments of comedy with some well written, well timed lines that scream to be repeated.

All up, this was a great piece; non-canon fitting nowhere in any continuity, but a great story anyway.