President Romana has been called to account for her actions
on Gryben, but the only evidence that she responded to a clear
and present danger no longer exists. When the investigation
itself triggers danger and time is - quite literally - running
out for Gallifrey, who can Romana trust...?
this instalment were a Hollywood movie, it might have been
entitled Another Trial of a Time Lord or perhaps The
Trial of Another Time Lord. For it is a semi-sequel to
the Colin Baker Doctor Who serial The Trial of a
Time Lord, with the Oxo lady herself, Lynda Bellingham,
reprising her role as the Inquisitor. Writer Justin Richards
has captured the essence of the Inquisitor (here named as
Darkel) extremely well, as outwardly officious and inflexible
but inwardly... less so.
designer David Darlington also evokes a flavour of Trial
in his music. As with Dominic Glynn's soundtracks for the
first four and final two episodes of that mammoth Colin Baker
serial, Darlington makes characteristic use of bells and other
The Inquiry isn't just some turgid courtroom drama, raking
over events from the first chapter of this miniseries. The
hearing is just a jumping-off point for several plot strands.
In one of these, Leela (Louise Jameson) uncovers more details
about the disappearance of her husband, Andred.
for those of you (myself included) who were wondering how
the presence of Cardinal Braxiatel (Miles Richardson) in this
miniseries could possibly fit in with his appearances in several
New Adventures novels and in Big Finish's ongoing Bernice
Summerfield series, that matter is also clarified. We learn
that Irving hasn't yet established his famous Braxiatel Collection
(which Romana herself mentioned in the Tom Baker serial City
of Death), but is destined to do so in his own future.
short, there's plenty going on in The Inquiry, which
consequently merits a thorough investigation.
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