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THE DWM REVIEW

The latest Doctor Who episodes and products reviewed by our team.

AUDIO FREQUENCIES

ILLUSTRATION BY JAMIE LENMAN

The latest Big Finish releases take the Doctors from Time Lord boot camp… to Georgian Bath!

REVIEWED THIS ISSUE

■The Eighth Doctor: The Time War 1 (featuring the Eighth Doctor and Bliss) RRP £23 (CD), £20 (download)

■The Behemoth (featuring the Sixth Doctor, Flip and Constance) RRP £14.99 (CD), £12.99 (download)

■The Outliers (featuring the Second Doctor, Polly, Ben and Jamie) RRP £14.99 (CD), £10.99 (download)

War. Huh, yeah… what is it good for?

In the case of Doctor Who’s Time War, it’s been good for minting the show a whole new mythology. But as this column has been moved to ask before, is it a mythology that works best as noises off? Can shining a forensic light on a conflict that gave us the Horde of Travesties, the Nightmare Child and the Could-Have-Been King with his army of Meanwhiles and Never-Weres ever result in anything but disappointment – especially if the slightly prosaic reality is the Time Lords and the Daleks shooting at each other with bog-standard space guns? More to the point, have war stories, as a genre, ever served Doctor Who particularly well? Isn’t our quixotic adventurer more at home exploring a fairytale forest or a Victorian sewer than on the frontline?

I had my doubts, then, about the idea of sending Paul McGann’s dashing, romantic hero into battle, especially so soon after four series’ worth of Big Finish’s War Doctor. But while The Eighth Doctor: The Time War 1 may open with the same martial, rat-a-tat rendering of the Doctor Who theme used to herald John Hurt’s blood-and-thunder warrior, tonally it’s a different proposition altogether.

That much is clear from the start of The Starship of Theseus, when the Doctor steps out of the TARDIS into a broom cupboard and loses a fight with some mops and brushes, which is not something I recall happening in Apocalypse Now. Indeed, writer John Dorney describes this as “a regular Doctor Who adventure that the Time War crashes into”.

The early scenes, therefore, play out as a light comedy, with the Time Lord and his current travelling companion Sheena (Olivia Vinall) trading witty bantz while exploring a luxury space liner.

Companion Bliss (Rakhee Thakrar) makes her debut opposite the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) in The Time War 1.
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Doctor Who Magazine 519 has an exclusive interview David Bradley, who will play the First Doctor in this year's Christmas Special, 'Twice Upon a Time'. The contents of DWM 519 also include: • An interview with Sir Derek Jacobi who is returning as the Master for a new series of audio adventures • Interviews with Jared Garfield and Lily Travers who will play the First Doctor's companions Ben and Polly in the 2017 Christmas Special • A previously unpublished interview from 1997 with Michael Craze who played the original Ben • Costume designer Hayley Nebauer tells us how she created the First Doctor's 2017 look • A tribute to Trevor Martin who played the Doctor in the 1974 Doctor Who stage play 'Seven Keys to Doomsday' • Trevor Martin's final interview • Peter Purves and Matthew Waterhouse talk about recreating stories from the Doctor Who annuals • We celebrate Doctor Who's 54th birthday by looking at what else has happen on 23rd November over the years • Part One of a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill, 'he Phantom Piper', by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty • The Time Team share their thoughts on 2011's 'The Almost People' • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2007 story 'The Lazarus Experiment' • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, 'The Blogs of Doom', prize-winning competitions and much, much more!
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