This. Means. War! This week, we’re being thrown back into the middle of the Time War with the War Doctor. Today, we look at the third and final release in the third box set with the War Doctor, Agents of Chaos, entitled Eye of Harmony…
In the aftermath of events on Rovidia, the Dalek Time Strategist is presented with a unique opportunity to strike a lethal blow to the heart of Gallifrey. A devastating power is set to be unleashed, and with agents in place ready to do the bidding of the Dalek Time Strategist, the future of the Time War could turn in an instant.
Trapped inside a critically-damaged Battle-TARDIS, hopelessly adrift in the Time Vortex, the War Doctor and his allies have a final desperate fight on their hands…
After the deceit that ended the previous story, The Eternity Cage, we start exactly where it left off; and the Doctor’s fallen for someone… The Daleks seem to be at the height of their power; the Doctor is helpless, Ollistra is at the mercy of the double-crosser and everything seems doomed. Luckily, that doesn’t last for too long, and the Doctor and Ollistra are back to trying to kick the Daleks arse.
The Dalek Time Strategist doesn’t seem to mind that the Doctor’s seemingly escaped his demise. Again. Instead, the DTS has foreseen everything that’s going to happen, which reminds me a lot of Dalek Caan’s prophecies from The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End. Could it be that Caan become a kind of Time Strategist when he was flung into the Time War? Who knows.
When you get to the meat of Eye Of Harmony, you realise that it’s a story set around the vast interior of a TARDIS. Unlike in Journey To The Centre of The TARDIS or Scenes From Her Life though, this TARDIS is different; it’s not a Type 40. It seems as if the Doctor and his pals are going to explore a Battle TARDIS.
Heleyna’s character gets a hell of a lot of good storyline in Eye Of Harmony; it’s great to hear someone who, up until this point, has been more or less a secondary character, get their teeth really stuck into an absolute corker of a story. Honeysuckle Weeks, who plays Heleyna (and has quite possibly, the best name ever; move over Benedict Cumberbatch) really excels in this story, showing just how diverse her acting ability is.
I’m aware I’ve not really mentioned the sound design at all whilst covering Agents of Chaos, and it’s because I feel like it was getting repetitive; you know now that if it’s Big Finish, the sound design will be stellar. I have to commend the musical accompaniment from Howard Carter when Ollistra gets to see the TARDIS’ Eye of Harmony; it really gives you the impression, that, even though you can’t see it, the sight is truly something wondrous to behold.
About half way through this story, we get a terrifying glimpse at just how desperately the Daleks want to win the Time War and defeat the Time Lords, and I personally think that the Dalek Time Strategist is arguably a more influential force for the Daleks than Davros ever was.
Ken Bentley’s plan to make Heleyna’s motivation for her actions so personal really makes her seem more volatile than if she was just out to be known. I don’t know about you, dear reader, but from my experiences, if you have family or friends at stake, there’s not much you won’t do to ensure you don’t lose them. It’s amazing how similar Time Lords and humans can be.
There are a lot of questions that arise during this release; a lot of morals that have to be taken into account. I’m trying my best to keep these reviews as majorly spoiler-free as possible, but the idea that you could erase the Time Lords ever being given the ability to travel through time and space, thus meaning they can’t have a Time War is really interesting to me. Would it be worth that sacrifice to end such a horrific war? The answer might seem obvious, but when you take into account lots (and I mean lots) of timey-wimey stuff; there are pros and cons to both sides of the argument.
I really don’t want to talk too much about the events of the final act, because any detail would truly spoil your listening experience (and trust me, you need to listen to the War Doctor series from Big Finish if you haven’t yet). I will tell you this though, time always catches up with you, and it’s epic. The ending of the final act though, is incredibly personal and harrowing, it’s very reminiscent of Absent Friends. It’s amazing just how poignant Doctor Who can be, and it’s beautiful.
The conclusion of Eye of Harmony really sets up the fourth (and potentially final) War Doctor box set, with the Doctor having a major question of morality. It seems that he’s realising more and more that the universe isn’t fair…
Overall, Eye of Harmony is a solid end to this War Doctor box set; Ken Bentley manages to write each of the characters perfectly, and shows yet another side to how a Time War can work. As always, the cast is absolutely stellar and I can’t wait for February to see how the past three box sets are all going to be paid off in Casualties of War.
Should you want to purchase Eye of Harmony, it’s currently available as part of The War Doctor: Agents of Chaos box set from Big Finish which can be purchased here for £20.00 for either the CD or the download.