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9.4 - Desperate Measures

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 2/27/18 10:01 pm
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In the final story of this set, the consequences of the past fall out and Romana is left in a difficult place without many allies left. Forced to run again for President in a surprise election after Livia decides to try to step down with her honor intact, she's begun secretly meeting with the Dalek Emperor to try and force a stalemate as well as keep her people together despite the intrigue between the councils and organizations of Gallifrey. A strong debate begins on what the next steps will be for the war with diplomacy on one side and all out fighting on the other and true intentions begin to come to the forefront that threaten to shatter Gallifrey from the inside out. At the same time, the Daleks have been this persistent and intent on conquering and something has to give.....'Measures' is easily the most political of all 4 stories and by far the most intense. It takes a lot from past and future with hints of other things to come tackled in "The War Doctor" series, "The Eighth Doctor: The Time War", and "The War Master: Only the Good" as well as elements from past stories influencing decisions from "The Five Doctors", "The Brain of Morbius", "The Apocalypse Element" from the Sixth Doctor era, and even from the Eighth Doctor "Doom Coalition" audios. To talk about the intricacies and details of this story would spoil most of it but needless to say it proves to be as gigantic a conflict and soundscape as you could wish for with many characters' fates unknown and many questions to be answered in future sets. The soundscape is appropriately grandiose in tone and script with Fitton pulling out all the stops in bringing things to the highest courts and halls of Gallifrey itself and of course everyone in the cast is on their A-game with their acting. However this story is truly Lalla Ward's tour de force as Romana with her taking front and center stage with all of her strengths and flaws, one of which might ultimately prove somewhat fatal. Her debates with Livia's chosen successor have a Clinton vs. Trump feel to it which I don't think is unintentional and it all leads to more or less a similar result. Sean Carlson's Narvin also gets more moments to shine in trying to stop the War Council's plans but to ultimately no avail. The final moments of the set tease the ultimate return of someone HUGE that we know comes back given this character's appearance in "The End of Time" and "Hell Bent" but have yet to actually see how and why it occurs. It's a massive moment and one that I desperately hope we get to see continued in more Gallifrey: Time War sets as soon as possible. "Desperate Measures" is as big and as amazing an conclusion story as you could possibly want with everything a Whovian could possibly need contained within its running time.