|He Jests at Scars...|
|Main character(s):||The Valeyard|
|Main enemy:||The Valeyard, Coordinator Vansell|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Post production:||Jim Mortimore|
|Cover by:||Clayton Hickman|
|Release date:||September 2003|
|Doctor Who Unbound|
|Full Fathom Five||Deadline|
He Jests at Scars... was the fourth Doctor Who Unbound audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. This was the first story not to feature an alternate Doctor, rather it featured Michael Jayston reprising his role as The Valeyard, whom he had last played in 1986's The Ultimate Foe. Bonnie Langford also reprised her role of Melanie Bush. Although like other characters in the Unbound series these reprisals were of alternate versions of their characters, changed by the scenario presented in the story.
The thing about meddling with time is that one moment something is real, the next, it's been erased. Probability becomes just a possibility. Established truth becomes a theoretical falsehood. Like dominoes, as one timeline falls, the others come cascading down around it. You can engineer new timelines, new possibilities, but before long, the distinction between what is, what was, what might be and what never can be becomes blurred.
Out of this grow myths, lies and legends. The Doctor was one such legend, but no one knows whether he truly ever existed. Well, not now they don't. The Mighty One, ruling the multiverses from the eternal city of Chronopolis, has made sure of that.
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- The Valeyard - Michael Jayston
- Melanie Bush - Bonnie Langford
- Coordinator Vansell - Anthony Keetch
- The President - Tim Preece
- Ellie Martin - Juliet Warner
- Nula - Jane MacFarlane
- Gerrof - Mark Donovan
- The megabyte modem is mentioned twice.
- Peri Brown, Evelyn Smythe, Ace, Hex, Charley Pollard and C'rizz are mentioned.
- Ellie Martin appeared (in the non-Unbound universe) as a friend of Sarah Jane Smith.
- A time ram is accidentally initiated by the Valeyard to the Fourth Doctor, when attempting to keep his younger self from reaching Logopolis with the Master. This is implied to be something contrived by the Web of Time.
- Mel is given a time ring.
- There are numerous references made to the Doomsday Weapon on Uxarieus (TV: Colony in Space), the Tharils (TV: Warriors' Gate), the Monan Host (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element), the Urbankans (TV: Four to Doomsday), the Moroks (TV: The Space Musem), the Nimon (TV: The Horns of Nimon) and the Navarinos (TV: Delta and the Bannermen).
- The title is a reference to the line from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: "He jests at scars, that never felt a wound."
- This story marks the first appearance of the Valeyard in an audio drama.
- This audio drama was recorded on 26 June 2003.
- Official He Jests at Scars... page at bigfinish.com
- He Jests at Scars... at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- DisContinuity for He Jests at Scars... at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide