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1.3 - The Conscript

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The Time War - Series 1
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Reviewed By: LorcanReview Date: 1/6/19 7:13 pm
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This story is everything i feared when i heard big finish were going to start making stories set during the time war. The time war is meant to be a war that is almost beyond human comprehension, with timelines constantly changing and the two sides are some of the most powerful races in the universe and this story reduces it to a boot camp just like ones on earth with drill sergeants and press ups. An utter dissappointment, luckily the other stories in this set capture the time war far better
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 3/1/18 10:42 pm
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"This is my sonic; there are many like it, but this one is mine."

In the Conscript, The Doctor learns that only a citizen has the courage to make the survival of Gallifrey their own, personal responsibility... He must improvise, adapt and overcome... He knows the sound of the preferred weapon of their enemy... He puts a hundred dollar shine on a three dollar pair of shoes... He has a clause in his contract saying his liver gets buried separately with honours...

It would be unfair to describe this as a clichéd boot camp story for two reasons:
1) I like boot camp movies
2) This is the first time the Doctor has been in a military boot camp.

Following on from the previous stories, The Doctor has been conscripted, put with a group of new recruits and run through basic training. We get introduced to the other recruits who come from different walks of time lord life, but must work together. It comes with a mix of drama and comedy, although the comedy is mostly in reference to the genre, so may not appeal to all.
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Reviewed By: Tim90Review Date: 1/2/18 1:31 pm
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Dreadful. Simply dreadful.

Whereas the previous two stories in this box set, one of which was also penned by Matt Fitton, offered some tantalising hints towards the extraordinary nature of a Time War, 'The Conscript' seems determined to throw all traces of originality out of the window, preferring instead to reduce the Time War to the most banal and insipid of war-movie clichés. Grunt like raw recruits, with absolutely no sense whatsoever that they are in any way Time Lords, are run through the kinds of excercises and manouveres which one might expect to find in a story regarding any other generic war. The very worst offender in this regard, and perhaps a contender for the single most embarrassing moment in any Big Finish production to date, involves a group of new recruits marching to the chants of 'I don't know but I've been told'. It's as ridiculous as it is misplaced within the greater context of what the Time War is supposed to represent.

There's no majesty here, no conception of being anything other than the most bog-standard of wartime narratives. You could tell this story anywhere, literally anywhere, simply by swapping out a few names and places, without dramatically altering the narrative. The Time War should be high concept upon high concept, like nothing we've ever seen before. While the first couple of stories at least felt as though they were trying to tell a story which could only be told during the Time War, this one fails in any sense of scope or ambition.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/21/17 5:20 am
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The Doctor is conscripted into the Gallifreyan army along with younger new recruits and put into basic training.

This is an interesting concept with somewhat hit and miss execution. In the extras, Writer Matt Fitton he borrowed heavily from war movies such as Full Metal Jacket. I think he borrowed a bit too much. When Doctor Who is at its best, it helped us paint Gallifrey as alien in so many aspects of their culture. Here, everything is lifted to apply to Time Lords which makes no sense as they're not humans. More imagination really should have gone into imaging how Gallifreyan training would be different and make us feel like we were watching aliens train and still relating to them.

Yet, what does work about the story is Paul McGann's performance as the disruptive and rebellious influence in the camp. The other side, the war-fighting Gallifreyans are given their due and Fitton tries to bring balance to the script and manages to do so and even avoid portraying any of them as one-dimensional. There's a great scene where the Doctor is confronted and asked to provide another solution to the Dalek problem. It's a great moment that highlights an important problem.

The ending is a great cliffhanger to set up the conclusion.