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The Ultimate Foe
Doctor Who, episode 147 (23.4)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:43:11
The Trial is over, and the Doctor must fight for his lives.
With the evidence complete, the Doctor learns that the Master has gained illicit access to the Matrix in his TARDIS. Glitz is now revealed to be the Master's associate and the 'secrets' to be information stolen from the Matrix.
The Valeyard admits his identity as a distillation of the dark side of the Doctor's nature, somewhere between his twelfth and thirteenth incarnations, out to take control over his remaining lives.
With the help of Mel, who along with Glitz has been brought to the space station by the Master, the Doctor defeats his future self - although, as they leave in the TARDIS with all charges in the trial having been dropped, it appears that the Valeyard has taken over the body of the Keeper of the Matrix and may not have been as completely vanquished as they had thought...
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:53:02
The best aspect of the last segment is that it contains some superb imagery in the scenes set in the Valeyard's fantasy domain within the Matrix. Chris Clough's direction is again excellent here and, after the relative disappointment of his opening episodes for the story, it's nice to be able to say that Robert Holmes's final credited script, that for Part Thirteen, is a good one.
As the conclusion to a fourteen-part story, however, these episodes remain a severe let-down. 'The trial ends in...
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