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91d. Circular Time - Winter

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 5/16/17 5:33 pm
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'Winter' appropriately feels like the story that the entire anthology was building to. Nyssa, long after leaving her travels with the Doctor with a family of her own, is bothered by dreams of past and future. The Doctor himself is handling a blizzard raging around his farm and so goes out to check on the barn with his wife – or possibly on the thing locked within it inside its coffin waiting to get out. One night however, their dreams touch and they meet for one last time in a very unexpected way. It's a fascinating end to the set though maybe a little bit on the confusing side if you don't know what to expect going in. It's a very intelligently written story with familiar characters in unfamiliar circumstances for the listener and yet it feels so comforting and so enriching by the end that it feels so rich and appropriate to the canon with one or two surprises along the way. Fans of the Fifth Doctor era and his companions will find this one a surreal but honest treat with a touching ending that has the major potential for tears if you aren't careful.
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Reviewed By: JacobzReview Date: 3/24/17 1:54 am
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Absolutely brilliant. Peter Davison is poignant and charming, Sarah Sutton's performance is heartfelt. I'd go so far as to say that the whole Circular Time anthology is worth it just for this story.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/15/15 5:22 pm
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Some time after Terminus the Doctor meets Nyssa one last time. Nyssa has settled down with a family but has been having dream of her father or the Master, Tegan and Adric. Are they dreams or psychic visions? Using advanced machinery Nyssa enters the Doctor dreams, where he is a normal man with a family. Perhaps reflecting unconscious desires? The Watcher returns. This is perhaps the most intelligently written; I don’t want to say anymore because in case I spoil something.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 11/29/14 8:26 pm
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This is scarcely good in the execution of telling the tale, of the end of a life. In this case the Doctor's. A wonderful parody of winter as the end when partnered alongside the demise of life was quite well played out. The Doctor is portrayed in a much unfamiliar circumstance as a father figure, married, living in a domesticated circumstance on a farm. Only when Nyssa appears to the Doctor in a dream do we see the whole thing unravel like a ball of string, and the Doctor (expertly played by Peter as ever), come to reality of what really the parody of the farm, his wife, the children whom once where his companions, and Nyssa mean to him.

This was a touching conclusion to the four part drama, and I for one, thought that Peter, and Sarah gave stunningly impressive performances in this concluding part. Peter especially portrays the Doctor as almost human in his failing, to prolong the time of his passing, and his regeneration, although here we see him mourning the Doctor he has become and grown to be, not at the fact that he will return due to his genetics.

Nice way to end this and I think that the whole release would stand well to re-listen without doubt.