In Review: Doctor Who: Unbound: Doctor of War 2: Destiny

He was a Doctor once, but now he is Doctor no more.
Unbound

Synopsis: In Unbound: Doctor of War, Times have changed. A choice was made, and the universe diverged. Now, all of history is at war.

One man stands at the centre of it all. But whose side is he on? Is he with the angels or the demons? Does anyone even know which is which?

He was a Doctor once, but now he is Doctor no more. He is the Warrior. He is The Doctor of War.

Review: By now, listeners have grown used to both Unbound Universe tropes and Time War tropes. Combine them, and the results are maddening, bleak, lyrical, and inexorable. In short, Doctor Who: Unbound: Doctor of War 2: Destiny is shocking, because it isn’t shocking.

 

Story

The three tales in this latest Unbound set offer a deftly written pick and mix approach to Classic Doctor Who. To be more precise, the stories represent pick and mix through a psychedelic meat grinder.

“Who Am I?” by Nigel Fairs twists the knife into “The Face of Evil.” In the process, Fairs proves that Leela will existentially suffer during every iteration of the Time War.

“Time Killers” by Lizzie Hopley revisits a world from the First Doctor’s era. Because the Time War takes no prisoners, this world is now the darkest version of itself. Problems are solutions, and solutions are problems.

“The Key To Key To Time” by Tim Foley isn’t a typo. It’s the fulfillment of internal logic.

Indeed, it’s the finale of this Unbound arc. Unfortunately, high prices are exacted to achieve a new status quo.

If possible, the Unbound Guardian is even more manipulative. Additionally, the segments of the Key are even more tragic. Certainly, the Time Lords are even more duplicitous and screwed.

 

Acting

The entire cast is excellent. However, the regulars truly shine in this unforgiving narrative. 

Colin Baker, Geoffrey Beevers, Louise Jameson, and Terry Molloy wring every ounce of nuance from their performances. This sort of storytelling only works when creatives bring decades of experience to the recording studio.

 

Overall

Doctor Who: Unbound: Doctor of War 2: Destiny leaves listeners wanting more. I can’t wait to find out what tales the Unbound range tells going forward.

 

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9.5
Doctor Who: Unbound: Doctor of War 2: Destiny
  • Story
    8.5
  • Performances
    10
  • Audio Production
    10

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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