The dark days have come again. Gallifrey, the most learned
civilisation in the universe, has come to war. The Capitol
is in ruins; pitched battles are an everyday occurrence; futures
are being changed. War demands sacrifice, and Romana will
have to make a very great one if she is to rid Gallifrey of
Pandora. That is, if she can remember which Romana she actually
With the recent departures of characters such as Braxiatel
(Miles Richardson), Andred (Andy Coleman) and one of the K-9
units (John Leeson), and the increased presence of political
players such as Inquisitor-prime Darkel (Lynda Bellingham)
and Imperiatrix Pandora (Mary Tamm), not to mention the ever-present
Romana (Lalla Ward) and Leela (Louise Jameson), this series
has become a veritable showcase for strongly written and powerfully
performed female characters.
instalment resolves the "two Romanas" arc, so the sexual balance
of power looks set to shift once again. The maverick Surgeon-master
Elbon (Paul Grunert), who was introduced in the previous instalment,
as an apparently one-off character, now seems to be lined
up as a regular. Hmmm... a doctor who bucks against authority
- where have I heard that one before? He even sounds like
the Doctor (specifically Patrick Troughton in The
when he uses the phrase "mayn't I".
Meanwhile, the loyalties of another devious new character,
Lord Matthias (Stephen Perring), become ever more uncertain.
Listeners might recognise Perring's voice as that of the Kro'ka
in several Eighth Doctor audio adventures - which certainly
makes it hard for me to trust him!
featuring memorable performances by Ward, Jameson and Tamm
- all of whom play characters facing a debilitating injury
of some kind, be it mental or physical - Warfare fares
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