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1.3 - The Inquiry

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 5/3/19 3:48 pm
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Triggered from the fall out of "Weapon of Choice", Romana is being put on trial for her actions with Braxiatel and Inquisitor Darkel presiding over the affair. There are secrets and motives to be undercovered particularly from Coordinator Narvin who seems to be hiding something in particular. As a deeper conspiracy comes out of the woodwork against Romana, a ticking clock is placed upon the very Matrix itself and more than one secret is going to come out before the end of the trial. 

It's hard to make a story surrounding legal proceedings interesting but 'Inquiry' somehow manages to do it. Taking things back to elements and surroundings from 'Trial of a Time Lord' is a geeky stroke of genius that works like gangbusters in connecting things nicely to the past of the show. It also answers many questions that "Square One" didn't really address and others that had only been touched on thus far. This is especially true for Leela's journey whose search for answers in regards to her missing husband gets a bit more momentum here. The whole story, in fact, is much more driven than either of the previous two and the pacing often leaves you breathless as it speeds through intense revelation after revelation. At times it can be a little hard to follow especially in the middle when characters are jumping around from encounter to encounter. But it all ends up mostly making sense before the end and it sets thing up well for some unfinished business to be handled in the final story of this first sequence of stories.

Every cast member continues to be exceptional but this time it's Miles Richardson's Braxiatel who gets a bit more development. His devious eccentricities are highlighted in detail and his motivations and alignment closely examined to where you are not entirely sure whether to see him as an ally or as a villain. It's a great turn of character for him that will most definitely continue to be prominent in the future. Louise Jameson also gets some strong moments as well not only defending Romana but also working on her own mystery within the halls of the Capitol and you get the feeling as a listener that this isn't the last we've heard of her particular arc.

In short, 'Inquiry' really feels like the story where "Gallifrey" has officially arrived with a more solid core and far fewer problems in terms of exposition and narrative than its' predecessors. It's exciting, dramatic, and very weighty with what it delivers while still being intensely entertaining with a cast beginning coming into its own. 
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/2/19 6:03 am
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Narvin asks for an inquiry into Romana's action in the first release of the season. Was her action justified even though scientists swear no such device would ever work.

This story has two things going on in it. First, we have a solid time travel mystery, which actually has a lot of twists and reveals. Throughout, Narvin continues to be a character that you never quite know what he's up to or what his real agenda is.

For me, the big surprise is Braxiatel who we're also given reason not to trust, but we also gain a deeper insight to a character that often seems quite functional. Overall, another solid outing in the Galifrey saga.

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Reviewed By: SpaceFritter Review Date: 5/30/18 12:11 am
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This is by far my favourite BigFinish series presently. It’s sophisticated and intelligent like no other series they’ve done.

The series story arcs and character arcs are deployed with such finesse. I only wish that this level of attention was given to all their series. I adore BigFinish; however, with its expanded offering and increasing popularity some of it’s Stories are suffering. Personally I believe they’re in much need of an independent producer or top level script editor. Because as the volume of productions increased in recent years so too has the worst short coming increased - that of, too many average story lines reaching us, their fans.

And there’s absolutely no need for it.

Well, in my opinion BigFinish must remember that although they have the backing of so many incredibly devoted fans like myself. Who basically buy every single title they produce- they mustn’t take this for granted. I believe it’s now time to bring in a new story producer or a new creative director. Do that and I believe BigFinish could be better than ever. Do nothing and I believe thy begin to risk everything. For there is nothing more competitive today, then the increasing bids made by producers for our entertainment dollar. And the quality only continues to increase. ∴ I hope BigFinish will respond to this challenge. Because the truth is - when they’re on their game they’re magnificent. Truly magnificent.

Anyhow, back to Gallifrey.

This is a series that has absolutely none of these problems. It’s incredibly clever. The stories are so alive. Political theatre that would make even Shakespeare appalause. The pace is forever moving. The twists never obvious and the characters wonderfully three dimensional. Romana is never the whining girl we too often saw on television and in the 4th Doctor Adventures. No. She is strong, forthright, a true commander in-chief. And Narvan, well, he’s devious and yet devoted. No one is cartoon evil or wholier than now. It is one of the, if not the, most impressive story telling I’ve experienced this year. That includes fiction, radio, television and cinema.

If you enjoy wicked machinations and desire to learn more about the mysterious Time Lords, well, your going to have the time of your life.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/22/17 3:04 am
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Stories centered on sf legal proceedings are often a bit dicey. You see, real legal procedures (in the US and UK, at least) are the result of centuries of practice and precedent. Although the rules may often seem arbitrary, they usually aren't. Things are the way they are now as a result how things happened in the past. But somebody writing an sf story is not going to bother creating a complete and comprehensive legal system. Instead, they'll just make whatever legal system will help them tell their story. And it's almost always stupid.

This is no exception. The legal proceeding in question is an inquiry into Romana's handling of the events of "Weapon of Choice". The inquiry is headed up by Braxiatel, who was involved in those events. There is no way he should be allowed to preside over an inquiry into this matter. Moreover, the script says that his decision is final and cannot be appealed. That's just compounds the dumbness. Of course, we in the audience enjoy a privileged perspective. We can see what really happened, so we can have confidence in the inquiry's conclusion. But any member of the Gallifreyan public following the inquiry in the media could be forgiven for presuming that the whole thing was a complete sham designed to make Romana look good.

Fortunately, despite the title, very little of this story actually involves the inquiry, at least not directly. The story is another thriller, designed to follow up on the events of "Weapon of Choice". Unfortunately, rather than clarifying those events, this story makes them far, far more confusing. And we're no closer to finding out who the enemy is.

Despite these disappointments, the story does a nice job of advancing the "Where's Andred?" storyline. It's a fairly small subplot in a densely-packed plot, but it's the best part of the story.

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