Destiny of the Doctor: The Time Machine (11th and Alice Watson)

the-time-machineWriter: Matt Fitton

Director: John Ainsworth

Narrator: Jenna Coleman (note: Clara Oswald is not in this story)

Companion: Alice Watson (narrator, Jenna Oswald)

Running Time: 1 hr., 9 minutes

Summary: Professor Chivers and his assistant Alice Watson have constructed a time machine on Nov 23, 2013. The Doctor has discovered that an alien race called the Creevix have intervened, giving the professor access to technology much farther advanced then his own.  Can the Doctor prevent the damage this might do?

Review: This is the story all the other Destiny of the Doctor stories led up to, as the Doctor uses the titular time machine to send messages to his former incarnations as a means of creating a bootstrap paradox and prevent it from doing further harm.  I was a bit disappointed that despite her narration, Jenna Coleman was not playing Clara Oswald. However, I liked how everything from the previous stories all tied up nicely.

Alice was an interesting companion. She has an inquisitive mind, and is eager to help the Doctor. I loved how the Doctor made fun of her name, first by asking her how many impossible things she’s done before breakfast (referencing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), and then telling her “come on, Watson, the game’s afoot!” (which technically was never actually said by Sherlock Holmes in any book.) However, I theorize that she may be one of Clara’s many “splinters”, like the versions of her we encountered in “Asylum of the Daleks” and “The Snowmen”.

This was a great conclusion to a great series. While there were some stories in the entire range that didn’t quite work, I still recommend listening to all eleven stories.

Overall Review: 8/10



2 comments on “Destiny of the Doctor: The Time Machine (11th and Alice Watson)

    • Yeah. And the name Alice Watson is so on the nose! Alice is such an obvious name, and the companions are traditionally in the same role as Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes stories.
      You really should listen to all eleven of these, Clay. Even though none of them actually feature the Doctors, they’re a lot of fun.

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