Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 3/13/15 3:36 am
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At first glance, it appears that Peter Davison drew the short straw compared to his two immediate successors. In the trilogy of stories themed around the Doctor's greatest villain, the Sixth and Seventh Doctor were pitted against the Doctor's most celebrated individual foes, Davros and the Master. The Fifth Doctor is left with Omega, a character who appeared in only two Doctor Who stories and in neither story was Omega highly regarded by fans.
Yet, I think writer Nev Fountain deserves credit for seeing the opportunity this provided: To flesh out the details of the life of Omega, a legendary Time Lord and how he came to be the sort of man we saw in the Classic series. There's some great stuff in this story as we really get a much better picture of Omega than we did in either of his two TV appearances. There's also a nice moment when the Doctor discusses how Omega inspired him and the similarity between the two men (though that has a different meaning later on in the story.)
Davison is in fine form as the Fifth Doctor. Playing the role as a mix of strength, compassion, and cheek. Also there's a great twist at the end of Part 3 that requires some flexibility which Davison shows in spades as the psychological drama and the relationship between the Doctor and Omega really move the story forward in Part Four.
Fountain's writing is very strong for the most part. The story has a bit of satire of tourist and tourism, as well as a stereotypical hammy actor, and other lighter elements. In some ways, Fountain reminds me of Gareth Roberts. The downside in Omega is that it does lead to a bit of confusion over the tone of the peace. There's a probably tad more comedy than the plot requires or can comfortably support. The old lady tourists got to be a bit of a tired gag.
Overall, this story works for its clever and surprising twist, a wonderful performance by Davison, and by fleshing out a character that too often felt one-dimensional in the classic series.