Arc of Infinity
Episode / March 12, 2017

Aired 3 – 12 January 1983 The mantra going into the twentieth season of Doctor Who was that every story would feature a returning villain from the past, the intent being to imbue the anniversary year with a sense of celebration and nostalgia. Fittingly, the tenth anniversary villain from ‘The Three Doctors,’ Omega, is the first to be revisited as the exiled Time Lord continues his quest to cross back into the real universe from his exile with the help of the Doctor’s body. Omega is inherently one of the most fascinating villains ever conceived, one who is intricately linked with Gallifrey’s past and Time Lords’ powers and abilities. However, ‘Arc of Infinity’ relies too much on his initial appearance ten years earlier, using only one line of dialogue to begin to hint at Omega’s true motivations and psyche. As a standalone story, it simply does not flesh out the villain enough or even begin to explain how the Doctor and Omega know each other or how Omega has reached his current state. With the Doctor’s appearance, Omega is at least afforded some degree of sympathy through Davison’s mannerisms and acting prowess, but the sheer potential that Omega brings with…

The Waters of Amsterdam
Audio / February 6, 2016

The 2016 main range of releases kicks off with ‘The Waters of Amsterdam,’ a story that picks up directly from the events portrayed in the televised ‘Arc of Infinity.’ Rid of the threat of Omega, Tegan has decided to rejoin Tegan and the Doctor aboard the TARDIS, but her past is about to catch up with her. ‘The Waters of Amsterdam’ is an interesting release in that it plays with expectations before really kicking into gear. The initial premise is that Tegan’s ex-boyfriend, Kyle, runs into her in Amsterdam, setting up expectations that this will be a character study for Tegan and more of a fpersonal drama than the classic series normally afforded its companion characters. While, indeed, Janet Fielding is afforded a lot of the focus as the story of Kyle is revealed through a montage of flashbacks- and fortunately the character is portrayed fairly favourably given the circumstances-, this ultimately only proves to be a stepping stone as the story proper starts to assert itself. As it happens, Kyle has also brought to the Doctor’s attention a series of Rembrandt ‘Vessels of the Stars’ works that accurately portray schematics for spaceships. Cue episode two where, after an attack…