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2.2 - Human Conflict

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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 6/1/18 12:53 am
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I feel that Ian McNeice portrays Churchill very well. He gives a lot of character to a historical figure. It is perhaps his second best role behind Bert Large. Where he fails is in his inconsistent portrayal of the Doctor (honestly I couldn't even tell which Doctor it was. May there was more than one incarnation present.)

I think perhaps this format is not working well as a character discussing moral issues with their diary or with a character voiced by the same actor lacks the impact it should have. There is a big question being asked in this story, but it isn't being asked well.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 2/21/18 5:30 pm
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'Conflict' is a Ninth Doctor story that seemingly pits the Ninth Doctor and Churchill at odds with each other over control over a dangerous weapon that could turn the tides of the war. The premise on the surface is similar to 'Victory of the Daleks' but it ends up taking an entirely different direction where the premise is more in the journey to find the weapon as opposed to the conflict over actually having it. It also deals with alien mercenaries and another artifact with intense power similar to 'Young Winston' and in this way the central conflict does feel a little bit repeated. But 'Conflict does go more into depth with some of the details and especially with Churchill's conflicts and actions which are placed more in the spotlight. The theme ultimately becomes the question of what winning the war will ultimately cost and if certain advantages will be worth it in the end. I found this premise much more interesting and it's not often we see the Doctor so at odds with a normal stalwart ally. It's poignant and extremely gritty which feels appropriate for the setting and the soundscape is particularly good with the war and much more exciting a listen for me. The history is also much more interesting with links to the war itself and Churchill's highlighted life more tangible especially in the aftermath of the Dunkirk events. McNiece remains good taking over full narration and especially with his conflict with Nine. The Doctor in this story is mostly observing and hoping that Churchill will do the right thing but does appear with the right words and at the right time with a tangible plan up his sleeve. McNiece's voicing of Eccleston's Doctor isn't amazing but you can get the feel of him in his words and actions and he gets some powerful lines by the climax of the story. Gyuri Sarossy is the other important character in this story as Churchill's sidekick Lt. Fleming and he provides the black and white hero soldier that you see in most WWII stories well enough especially as he's primary in most of the action. All of these elements come to a head in one of the best climaxes of the Churchill stories thus far where (without giving spoilers) differing sides are forced to realize their mistakes and work together in order to save the world. While it's not quite a perfect stories as it does repeat itself more than once with some of its elements, "Human Conflict" is intense, challenging and a significant step up from the previous story. 

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