Doctor Who Audio Review: Coming Apart In The Time Vortex

Doctor Who - Time Lord Victorious: Mutually Assured Destruction

Mutually Assured Destruction is a Doctor Who audio play released by Big Finish Productions and is another episode in the range known as Time Lord Victorious. Lizzie Hopley is the author of this script with Scott Handcock serving as director. Paul McGann plays the Doctor once again with Nicholas Briggs voicing the Daleks. Samantha Beart and Wilf Scolding also help out as part of the guest cast. They play a couple of last survivors of a world destroyed by the Daleks who have just woken up from cryogenic sleep and have to make their escape alongside the Doctor as the Dalek time ship is disintegrating within the vortex. The Daleks also have the Doctor’s TARDIS, so the Time Lord may have to make a deal he would live to regret.

This is actually a pretty exciting episode. The Daleks are written with somewhat different personalities and motivations from each other, which is a little unusual. McGann seems to be pretty well into it. The two other guest characters were pretty engaging as well. I enjoyed the interactions between the Doctor and Beart’s Tiska. when they finally meet. Anyway, it’s a fun chaotic, claustrophobic sort of situation. It’s not quite the first time that the Doctor has been in this situation, but Hopkins still writes a pretty effectively suspenseful adventure that was reminiscent of a lot of American action movies such as Die Hard. That film was actually referenced in the cast and crew interviews so I can’t full credit for coming up with the comparison on my own. It’s a solid addition to the ever growing Doctor Who universe.

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