|Reviews for Doctor Who Unbound: Auld Mortality:|
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|By:||David Layton, Los Angeles, United States|
|Date:||Wednesday, August 17, 2011|
The first of the "What if the Doctor..." series takes us back to the first Doctor. What if he had never left Gallifrey? This is an interesting enough idea on its face. Marc Platt has him down as a writer of time-travel Romances and a do-it-yourself historian. That is fine, and makes a certain degree of sense. However, Platt has typically gone off the deep end in the "which reality are we in" department. The idea is to make the story a kind of ode to imagination, which can allow us to "travel" in ways impossible otherwise. Again, that is fine and in keeping with the spirit of the thing. However, Platt has developed a needlessly complicated plot involving the Doctor's use of a machine for creating virtual reality worlds, an attempt by a dead Time Lord to gain power by taking control of the next candidate for President of the High Council, a chase with mixed up realities inside the virtual reality machine, and not the slightest bit of effort to untangle all the strands.
|Rich and complex, beautiful|
|By:||Siskoid, Moncton, NB|
|Date:||Friday, October 14, 2005|
Marc Platt gave us the incredibly dense Ghost Light, and Aulf Mortality is totally in that vein, taking a lot from the mythology he created in his novel Lungbarrow, but still not losing the listener.
It's "What if the Doctor had never left Gallifrey?" and it's a beautiful, if sad, tale, dense and rich with Doctor Who history, symbolism, and excellent performances from all involved. This is the best version of Susan I've ever met, for example.
There are lots of winks to Doctor Who lore here, from twisted ankles to Daleks, and the spin given to reality at the end is a moment of exaltation that manages to launch the Unbound series in a fun way.
Overall: Excellent. The kind of audio that immediately merits another listen to get all the texture.