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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/5/17 5:56 pm
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This story has a great premise for an Unbound story, I must say. The first two stories in the series involved the Doctor facing different circumstances. In this story, it's the Doctor himself who is changed.

There's a tricky little balancing act writer David Bishop has to play with this story. The premise is, basically, that this Doctor isn't the straightforwardly heroic character we've all come to love, but his ethics are a bit more situational than we're used to. But the character still has to be recognizeably the Doctor for the story to work. The the character as written has to be similar enough for us to read him as the Doctor, but different enough that he can do things the Doctor wouldn't do without going out of character. The author nails this by putting his Doctor into a fairly familiar situation, and then just playing up his tetchiness a bit. We've seen the Doctor behave arrogantly, we know how he can lose patience with people. By playing up those aspects of the Doctor's character which are usually kept to a limit, we get a character who is every inch the Doctor, but also noticeably different from the Doctor we know.

David Collings makes a wonderful Doctor, and the story's quite good also. It's mainly a vehicle to deliver us to the ending, which is great, but it stands up quite well also. The idea of returning to a long-abandoned undersea research station is very strong, and the script does a nice job of telling its two stories (then and now, as it were) in tandem.
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Reviewed By: JacobzReview Date: 3/24/17 1:45 am
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David Collings makes for an interesting Doctor, reminding me vocally of Pertwee in a way. The plot is a bit melodramatic, as are parts of the story, and the sound design is meh, but it's a fun break from continuity, and I recommend it.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/1/15 7:53 am
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I think the morality behind this is rather lazy as the Doctor wasn't in a life or death situation, nor was it a last resort. He lies and betrays his assistant. Yes, he is consistent but the idea of the Doctor killing could have been done so many different ways and the cold hollowness of this Doctor is kind of a product of a cold hollow world he is living in. It's not without its virtues but it's an empty and strangely disappointing experience.

Morbid novelty enjoyment sums it up beautifully. The story isn’t bad but the possibility they have chosen to fixate on is perhaps the wrong on. The unbound series sure does have a lot of broken Doctors. This one is perhaps the most broken, he comes across as a dirty cop on the tough streets of NY. The difference between the War Doctor and this is that it really was a rock and a hard place, and the Doctor regretted it every after. It wasn't selfish or lazy, there was a real moral dilemma. There isn't any real introspection or a lesson learned, just Karma at the end – in a very eye for an eye fashion. I do like it, quite a bit actually, although the end was a bit of a let down. This isn't what if the Doctor killed, this is what if the Doctor was a bastard. This could have been so much better.
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Reviewed By: GcookscotlandReview Date: 8/1/13 11:24 am
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The Doctor takes a sub down to the depths where dangerous experiments have been taking place. Good Story!