DW: Time Lord Victorious – Enemy of my Enemy Review

Let’s take a look at the latest addition to the “Time Lord Victorious” story arc: The Enemy of my Enemy. So we saw… or read in “The Knight, The Fool and The Dead” that The Eighth Doctor arrived in the Dark Times on a Dalek ship to stop his future self, this story is how he got there…

Synopsis:

The people of Wrax are happy to begin peaceful negotiations with the Dalek Empire. The two species are preparing to engage in an alliance that will last throughout the ages.

The only one who seems to object to this happy union is the Doctor. He knows that you can never trust the Daleks.

But more than that, he knows that the Wraxians should never have existed…

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

The Good:

While the previous story in this Eighth Doctor audio drama strand was lacking, this was a really good and pretty self-contained hour of Who. The Doctor is on a Dalek Time Ship, surrounded by his mortal enemies and frankly a bit fed up. This is the closest we’ve come to the sarcastic “bring me knitting” Eighth Doctor from the “Night of the Doctor” special, all bitter and flippant in the face of his probable death. You just get the sense that he can’t be arsed any more as he constantly taunts a “Dalek Executioner” to its face. It’s good fun, really! The Daleks and The Doctor form an unstable alliance due to the whole universe undergoing a massive rewrite and neither knowing what’s causing it. According to The Daleks, a major clue can be found on Wrax, a planet The Doctor previously knew for being entirely baron and lifeless…

They arrive and split, with The Doctor and the Dalek Strategist looking through their archive of conquered civilizations and the Dalek Scientist and Executioner looking at the Wrexian weapon known as the Devolver. The Doctor is eventually captured and forced to watch the weapon in action, using “generic origin” to turn an entire species into green primordial slime, an act that at the same time impresses the Daleks. The Doctor escapes, as he tends to do, and confronts the lead scientist Sarathin (Rachel Atkins), managing to convince her that she isn’t “giving species a second chance” but instead committing genocide, whether a new species grows in its place or not. During this time The Doctor has figured out where the time alteration is coming from and makes a deal with the Daleks that if they leave and allow Sarathin to dismantle the Devolver peacefully then he’ll help them stop the universe from rewriting itself. They agree and they all leave… then some Daleks come back and kill Sarathin and use the Devolver on her entire race for good measure.

The Doctor and his Dalek buddies are off to the Dark Times to confront his own future self… It’s a fun story, even if it isn’t that meaty.

The Bad:

One thing about these TLV audios: they all have really boring covers of Paul McGann’s Doctor just standing there in the middle of the picture. It’s very unlike Big Finish! I like the red Dalek on the right though…

Not a lot, really. On one hand I enjoyed Nicholas Briggs adding some different touches to the newly introduced Dalek classes (The Executioner sounds more crazy and aggressive, the Scientist sounding like his attempt at Davros, the Strategist sounding like… a less booming Time Strategist… it all makes sense, really!) especially since beyond them and The Doctor there weren’t a lot of characters to interact with, but on the other hand it didn’t seem very Daleky, to have Daleks with different personalities and things. A necessary evil, I guess.

The Continuity:

Well, it’s all Time Lord Victorious, obviously! The start picks up from the cliffhanger from “He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not”, and it ends leading into the book “The Knight, The Fool and the Dead”. The Devolver is later found by The Master, who shrinks it using his TCE and uses it as a weapon in the short story “Master Thief” (Ah-ha! I’ll have to update that in a bit. When I reviewed it I did wonder how it tied into everything…)

Overall Thoughts:

The Enemy of my Enemy is a fun hour-long story that just flies by. While it’s not some massive amazing story I’ll be raving about, it’s a good one that ties into the various strands of the Time Lord Victorious arc really well. Recommended, and now I’m looking forward to the big tie in book next month even more!

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