Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 3/23/15 10:12 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
In an alternate universe, what if the Third Doctor didn't serve as U.N.I.T. scientific adviser in the 1970s (or maybe 80s depending on how the show portrayed it) but instead began his exile in 1996 leaving U.N.I.T. to muddle through on their own against the Silurians, the Autons and all the creatures the Third Doctor battled in the mainstream whoniverse. The decisions were left to Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart who the second Doctor met twice. The brigadier made the necessary choices that kept the Earth in one piece and was pushed out of his job at U.N.I.T. and been a bit of a laughing stock in the eyes of the military community and now spends his days running a bar in Hong Kong. The Doctor arrives on the eve of the British handover of Hong Kong to the Chinese.
Overall, this was a well-produced story with a decent enough plot. David Warner steps into the role of the alternate Doctor. David Tennant ads gutso in the role of Colonel Brimmicombe-Wood, U.N.i.T's pushy new Commander.
However, this is a story has a steady focus on the Brigadier. He's a fascinating character in that outwardly he's become quite cynical, but he's still the Brigadier with what some would call "outdated morals" and is a true gentleman. I like the idea that he saved the Earth in the Doctor's absence only not in such a neat way however he did the best he could, saved the world, and people were not happy. There's a bit of a Casablanca motif working with the story of the Brigadier, a man who has left adventure and fighting for what's right and settled down to run a bar and escape from the world. And the last line at the end of the story ties in to that motif.
The program is a bit more PG-13 than traditional Doctor Who with some barnyard expletives thrown in and a minor adult situation but other than that, it stands a solid examination of an alternate Doctor Who timeline.