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    The free story Big Finish sends out to subscribers this Christmas will be the retrial of a Time Lord. [LINK]

    This year’s subscriber special finds the Sixth Doctor back in the Time Lord trial rooms – but he’s not the one in the dock this time! This time his sinister alternate The Valeyard faces his fate in the subscriber special we could only call Doctor Who: Trial of the Valeyard!

    Doctor Who: Trial of the Valeyard reunites Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor (as seen on TV from 1984-1986) with Michael Jayston as the Valeyard and Lynda Bellingham as the Inquisitor in a tense courtroom drama. The three were last seen sharing the screen in 1986’s epic fourteen-part tale Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord. The tables are turned in this new story as the Valeyard is forced to face up to his evil deeds – how will the Doctor judge his alternate self?

    This special tale will be released in December to all those who have a subscription to the Doctor Who main range which includes December’s release.

    Man, it’s just suddenly all Valeyardy in here, isn’t it?

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    Okay, so how is the 6th Doctor supposed to judge his future incarnation? And would the sentence be death, with the Doctor knowing he’d be executing himself? And what happens in the future of the TV show when the Doctor will inevitably turn into the Valeyard? Enquiring minds want to know!

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    Boy, the past few months have muddied the water, haven’t they? If the Valeyard is a distillation of all that is evil in the Doctor “somewhere between his 12th and final regeneration”… hell, he could be anyone between Capaldi and whoever’s playing the part 400 years from now. He might be who the Curator regenerates into.

    This audio is intriguing because it implies that things aren’t quite as clear-cut as the above (if the above can even remotely be mistaken for clear-cut). The Valeyard’s origins are muddier (apparently very literally so) than simply “a future Doctor”; he was created. By someone or something. You leave the story not knowing by whom or by what. And he’s still, as Harlan Ellison would put it, bugf@$% crazy.

    And he’s still out there. I wonder what Big Finish has planned for him? It seems the BBC has nothing more planned than a name drop.

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    @Earl wrote:

    Boy, the past few months have muddied the water, haven’t they? If the Valeyard is a distillation of all that is evil in the Doctor “somewhere between his 12th and final regeneration”… hell, he could be anyone between Capaldi and whoever’s playing the part 400 years from now. He might be who the Curator regenerates into.

    But from the Christmas special, we now know that Matt Smith is technically the final regeneration of the Doctor, since John Hurt was actually the 9th Doctor, Eccleston the 10th, and Tennant the 11th. Then Tennant was shot by a Dalek, had a partial regeneration which he shunted off to his disembodied hand, which meant Tennant was both the 11th Doctor and the 12th Doctor. And Smith was the 13th. So the Valeyard had to come between Tennant and Smith. And now that I think of it… Jenny, the Doctor’s “daughter”, was manufactured from his DNA around that area, wasn’t she? Could she eventually regenerate into the Valeyard?

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