A new recruit in the Gallifreyan Guard puts on his headcam for the first time and gets his first look at life on the defense outpost atop the Time Lord city of Arcadia, a location on the planet assumed to be impenetrable because of the hundreds of sky trenches protecting it in the atmosphere. But if even one Dalek were to breach those defenses, it could be the last day on Gallifrey.
Cast: Chris Finch (Time Lord Soldier)
Notes: The more experienced Time Lord soldier walking the viewer through the activation of the headcam appears to be the same soldier who loans his gun to the War Doctor in The Day Of The Doctor; his new recruit is no longer with him by that point, for rather obvious reasons. This three-minute “minisode” was released on iTunes initially, and then through other platforms; it also appears as a bonus feature on the Day Of The Doctor DVD.
LogBook entry & review by Earl Green
Review: A bite-sized bit of fun, this mini-episode does exactly what it says on the tin: it dumps you into the dawn of the last day of the Time War. The results are easily visible in the flashbacks during Day Of The Doctor.
But the BBC totally missed a trick by not making this, say, the FMV at the beginning of the first-person shooter of some sort. The graphic look is there. The aim of the game would be obvious. Why didn’t they do this? That would have been unique, and might’ve given the viewing public more of a stake and a personal role in the fall of Gallifrey because, let’s face it, no one’s ever going to be good enough to fend off that many Daleks.
Sure, it wouldn’t have been the most original game ever (which, one thinks, would reduce development costs), and yes, the BBC has eviscerated its game division (at about the same time it shuttered the Doctor Who Adventure Games), so it would’ve meant farming it out to someone else. But finally, at long last, after years of weird stuff like Dalek Attack and Doctor Who And The Warlord and Destiny Of The Doctors and even the somewhat iffy Adventure Games (which were supposedly “official”), we would’ve had a Doctor Who game that was unquestionably “in-universe”.
One need only look at how rapturously received the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Google Doodle was to see the missed opportunity here.