This release is something slightly different; according to Doctor Who Magazine, Time In Office is an anthology release, following the Fifth Doctor’s time in office as President of Gallifrey. Each of the fourth parts focusses on a different period in this point of the Doctor’s history, and today I’ll be reviewing the second part, Past Indiscretions.
The Doctor’s adventures in time and space are over. The Time Lords have recalled him to Gallifrey – but what he faces on his home planet is worse than any trial. Following the disappearance of President Borusa, the High Council condemned him to the highest office – and he can’t evade his responsibilities a nanosecond longer…
So all hail the Lord High President! All hail President Doctor!
Rassilon save him. This time, there’s really no escape.
We left the Doctor as President of Gallifrey in Period of Adjustment, and there was a teeny-tiny cliffhanger; nothing colossal had become of the new job for the Doc. Jumping into Past Indiscretions though, and that’s a totally different story. There’s a war going on.
The Doctor though, hasn’t started the war. Instead, he has to go and visit a warring planet to show his face and appease a few people on Gallifrey. This truly is politics. My favourite part of this is how engaged Tegan is and how much she enjoys being the Earth Ambassador for Gallifrey.
What’s interesting is how the selfless the Doctor is, even when being political; he could easily let a certain characters actions from the past be brought to the fore, and let them be punished for any crimes they may have committed. It would be easy and would resolve the main conflict of the story. But that’s exactly the point. The Doctor never does the easy thing, the Doctor always tries to do the right thing, no matter the cost or how difficult it may be.
Compared to the last story in Time In Office, it seems as this episode is really a time to shine for Tegan. She really revels in her title, as I’ve previously mentioned, and in the concluding moments of the story, she is really rather incredible. The gobby Australian thinks outside the box and might actually be more Doctor-like than the Doctor himself.
If I have one gripe with this story, it’s that the ending is a little… goofy if you ask me, but other than that, it was as enjoyable as the first story, even though it’s really rather different. The political theme yet again is at the fore, and I for one cannot wait for tomorrow’s episode, History Repeating. Can Big Finish give Eddie Robson a political series of his own please?
Should you want to purchase Time In Office, it’s currently available from Big Finish here for £14.99 on CD or £12.99 for a digital download for a limited time.