Forged in Fire’s final two thirds are two stand alone stories that continue the high bar set by the first story. Once again Jonathon Carley impresses with his vocal work and the latter of the two stories, “The Shadow Squad”, properly plays about with time in twisted ways that make the Time War a bit more … Time-y. Let’s take a look!Continue reading
The brand new sub-set of War Doctor stories titled “The War Doctor Begins” has arrived, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Jonathon Carley does a stellar job filling John Hurt’s shoes, not only replicating the incarnation’s voice but also his vocal mannerisms all while still actually acting. “Light the Flame” is technically the War Doctor’s debut / post regeneration story, a key milestone indeed, but does it live up to those lofty heights? Let’s find out!Continue reading
Now, technically the War Doctor made his debut in a 30 second stinger at the end of “The Name of the Doctor”, but that would seem like a waste of that story for the sake of 30 seconds, so I decided to go down the Eighth Doctor route and do John Hurt’s first performance from start to finish in the role as the lead (as Day of the Doctor was covered last year…), meaning we get the first Full Cast Audio Drama to feature him: “The Innocent”, from the “Only the Monstrous” box set. Is it any good? Well… It’s alright, I guess. It’s nice to finally debut my War Doctor image template anyway!
It’s kind of a shame to cover this in the “Regeneration Marathon”, because really the War Doctor’s regeneration isn’t a big part of the story at all, and really this would be better suited for a hypothetical multi-Doctor story marathon, but I said I’d cover each regeneration in order, so here we go! It has the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in key roles, John Hurt’s newly added War Doctor, plus Zygons, Daleks and an on screen appearance from Tom Baker himself! Throw in cameos by all other past and future Doctors (at that point) and you have a great 50th Anniversary story. So let’s take a look!