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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 2/23/18 5:30 pm
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WWII has officially ended and Churchill of all people should be happy. But an old friend once told him that a dark danger would occur for him on the day of his greatest victory and so Winston is understandably a little uneasy and unable to accept that everything is over. Taking to the streets, it seems that a menace from another world is at work on this most celebratory of days and it's up to Churchill to go undercover and save the day while at the same time getting out and meeting the common people of his country. Out of all of the stories in this set, this is the only one that really feels different to make this new set stand out. The overriding message that war doesn't necessarily end in a day even after an official end is declared and that a person might be needed in war but not necessarily in peace is one you don't see quite as much and is very much true not only to this fictional Churchill but also very much to the historical one which is a great touch exemplified here. Churchill is also not very good at going undercover and it's frankly hilarious at least for the first half. Once things come to the forefront, the plot gets deadly serious and it's there that this one really shines. It quickly turns into a hostage situation of sorts with lots of surprises, twists, and some fascinating political commentary that's different but yet interesting especially from the other Churchill stories. The Doctor (in this case the Tenth) is in danger and indisposed for the majority of the tale but it works in this case because it gives McNiece more of a chance to shine as his individual character. Without too many spoilers, his wartime spirit takes prominence not just as a good thing but as a bad thing too to the point where he's almost at the point of extending conflict and it takes other characters to talk him down. It's a great touch supported by strong writing and a good if minimal soundscape and it makes this last story easily the best in this set.