I have always enjoyed this release.Wide in scope but with the three members of the Doctor/Valeyard and Inquisitor. The Doctor having to be defender of his OTHER incarnation. Its a story that strikes at the heart of those dastardly Time Lords and their History and Colin gets to be his OOT self then descends into his serious mode when confronted with his client.Its good entertaining stuff.He has to confront the fact that somewhere along the way he will become The Valeyard.I would have rathered we explored this element brought out in the story than any of the Timeless Children stuff the tv show has done but that’s just my opinion.
a child found abandoned by Timelords...sounds familiar 😂 except Aland Barnes and Mike Maddox did it better
I guess to the wider audience, or at least the producers, he's just not sufficiently interesting to revisit? The Valeyard does overlap a fair bit with the Master, though, so maybe he was intentionally avoided to keep newer audiences from being confused?
The problem with the Valeyard is that he's a character that needs to be explained--you can't get away with shorthand. Like the Master, Rani, Eleven, whatever, you can just speed through all that explanation with a quick summary: "Evil Time Lord," or, "Insane Evil Time Lord," and move on. The backstory doesn't really matter. But with the Valeyard? The shortest you can do is say, "Evil future incarnation of the Doctor," which invites all manner of questions, some of which absolutely have to be addressed, no matter what the story is. And at the end of the day, what does the Valeyard offer that justifies taking the time to do so?
That said, glad this thread got bumped. Now that I've actually SEEN The Trial of a Time Lord, I really need to give this one a listen. Or relisten? I know it's in my library, but I can't remember whether I've listened to it yet or not.
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