In Review: Big Finish: Gallifrey: Time War

Gallifrey: Time War proves that the more things change the more they stay the same.

Synopsis: Four new chapters in the Gallifrey saga.

The Time Lords and the Daleks have opposed one another across millennia. But now, their conflict tips into an all-out Time War, and nowhere across the universe of spacetime is safe.

Battle plans will be drawn, allies recruited, and innocents caught in the crossfire.

Gallifrey is going to war, and the cosmos will never be the same again.

Review: Gallifrey: Time War proves that the more things change the more they stay the same. The political plotters have plots within plots within plots. There’s no point in even summarizing the various moves and countermoves for this review. Suffice to say that everyone acts in character, internal logic prevails, and the overall Time War narrative inches closer to what viewers saw in modern Doctor Who. Moreover, this first set of stories inches closer to the modern show with some awesome cliffhangers that whet the appetite for Gallifrey: Time War 2.

Engaging as certain structural points are, however, they’re not the main draws. As I said, internal logic dictates the flow of these tales. Once the inertia of that internal logic takes hold, the mechanical aspects of the saga take a back seat to the acting performances. Louise Jameson, Lalla Ward, Sophie Aldred, and the ever-marvelous Derek Jacobi absolutely crush it. Indeed, “The Devil You Know” by Scott Handcock is the highlight of this extremely strong set for me. Jacobi and Jameson stole the show, even with Bryan Dick balancing the dynamic in a dual role.

In the end, Gallifrey: Time War isn’t about suspense. It’s about execution, and the execution is top notch.

Written By: David Llewellyn, Tim Foley, Scott Handcock and Matt Fitton

Directed By: Scott Handcock


Louise Jameson (Leela), Lalla Ward (Romana), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Seán Carlsen (Narvin), Miles Richardson (Braxiatel), Derek Jacobi (The Master), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Livia), Paul Marc Davis (Trave), Ebony Wong (Karla), David Sibley (Valerian), Zulema Dene (Danna), Bryan Dick (Finnian Valentine), Guy Adams (Beglis) and Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer Scott Handcock

Script Editor Matt Fitton

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


Big Finish: Gallifrey: Time War
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Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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