Reviewed By: JMChurch25
Review Date: 5/4/17 4:32 pm
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In a museum on a distant planet, an old soldier is reminiscing about a long ended war and his times in battle. All of the choices he made, all of the hard sacrifices, all of the dark enemies he fought.....all reduced to mere curiosities in front of his eyes. In enters another man who is about to make one of the hardest decisions of his life. He desperately needs answers. But how will these two men interact and what kind of a decision will occur? This is one of those stories that is really hard to review because giving anything away on it would spoil your enjoyment of it. Needless to say however, it's supposed to occurs somewhere near the end of the Eighth Doctor's life and was written at time when we didn't know much about the Time War (specifically before the existence of the War Doctor and 'The Day of the Doctor'). Now in 2017, we know quite a lot and I don't think this story quite fits with established canon anymore at least not in the way that it's supposed to. I'm also not familiar with and don't know much about the old soldier that Eight interacts with in this story but obviously there's a long history there and I'm told he comes from the 'Dalek Empire' stories that Big Finish put out a few years ago. I wouldn't say that it's necessary to know that though and it certainly doesn't impact the weight and power of this 45 minute prologue to a main event later to come in the Eighth Doctor's timeline. Needless to say, this is a powerful and fantastic story for Eight. It provides a dark spotlight on a question that the Doctor has been struggling with since some of his earliest incarnations from a very different perspective and the events and conclusion that comes out of the minutes we spend in this museum is dark, heartbreaking, and very moving. Nicholas Briggs is a brilliant narrator as always especially when he's in his element as a surprise menace but his voicing of the two soldiers is a little bit tricky to figure out sometimes and he can't capture Eight's voice and mannerisms quite as well as he does some of the other Doctors. It's amazing how much some of the Short Trips are in capturing interesting and compelling concepts even more so than some of the normal length stories and this is one is absolutely no exception. No matter how well it fits into canon or not, this is still one of Eight's best stories that echoes into both the Classic and the New.