Zagreus sits inside your head,
Zagreus lives among the dead,
Zagreus sees you in your bed,
And eats you when you're sleeping.
Zagreus at the end of days,
Zagreus lies all other ways,
Zagreus comes when time's a maze,
And all of history is weeping.
Zagreus taking time apart,
Zagreus fears the hero heart,
Zagreus seeks the final part,
The reward that he is reaping.
Zagreus sings when all is lost,
Zagreus takes all those he's crossed,
Zagreus wins and all it cost,
The hero's hearts he's keeping.
Zagreus seeks the hero's ship,
Zagreus needs the web to rip,
Zagreus sups time at a drip,
And life aside, he's sweeping.
Zagreus waits at the end of the world,
For Zagreus is the end of the world.
His time is the end of time,
And his moment time's undoing.
This piece is a little bit more obscure than others, and considering its Doctor Who, its ironic to consider something obscure in relation to the franchise. Of course, the definition of the term is only related if you have listened to the audios from Big Finish to get an idea of what the purpose of the picture is doing.
To put things bluntly in perspective, Zagreus refers to the audio plays “Neverland” and “Zagreus” that saw the Eighth Doctor fight off the Neverpeople in order to restore the Web of Time, a fallout from his inadvertent rescue of companion Charley Pollard from her fixed-point-in-time death in 2001’s “Storm Warning”. In order to stop the Neverpeople’s evil plot of unraveling reality, the Doctor materialized his TARDIS around the Neverpeople’s ship with the casket of anti-time, containing the explosion and saving the universe. Unfortunately, this hail-mary plan had the downside of infecting the Doctor with anti-time and unravelling his mind, giving him immense strength and making him torn between his two selves.
“Zagreus” is not a well-liked audio, but far from the weakest thing Big Finish produced. Paul McGann was probably showing his impressive acting chops with these stories as he portrayed a Doctor opposite from the man we’d gotten to know: he’d gone from a man of hope and adventure to a creature of darkness.
That’s what I hoped to accomplish with this piece. I was inspired by a painting I saw that showed one way of conveying the darkness inside the Doctor, and decided to duplicate it with my Eighth Doctor figure. The shadow and colors on his left side do morph his face into something demonic, wouldn’t you say?
Your cosplay idea sounds like it'd be remarkable!
I'm planning on working my way back through the main range McGann audios soon, not just for my project, but also because I hadn't listened to all of them in release order I want to know more about the arc with Charley and their dynamic together. Lucie, Tamsin, and Molly were pretty cool but something about Charley (and India Fisher's portrayal) makes that character so alive and so much fun.
I would love to see classic Doctors in animated stories. Such a shame BBC nixed that project a while back.
I wonder why the BBC didn't follow through with that animated plan? It couldn't have been getting the actors for it or even deciding the direction.