As any Whovian knows, some of the darker and more mysterious days belonging to the Doctor came about after the Sisterhood of Karn aided him in shedding his healer persona to become the War Doctor, a warrior better suited to fend for Gallifrey, fight off the Daleks, and protect all of time and reality.
While some things are known as the War Doctor's time, he fought in the Time War for around 400 years, so there are still a lot of unknown experiences and adventures.
Seasons of War was written and directed by Andy Robinson for A Crow Trod with the aims "to help promote an anthology of specially-commissioned stories about him - all in aid of the UK charity, Caudwell Children."
The story is told from a narrator's perspective, a little girl who had grown up only knowing the war and envisioning the War Doctor as her potential savior. But she is also aware that he struggles to live with such a conflicted existence between who he was, and who he is.
Renegade or hero?
Definitely a hero to the narrator.
He would never pause to celebrate victory, or mourn defeat.
He would just take his sonic screwdriver and keep fighting.
But he still felt undeserving.
And missed the days where he used to be a healer instead of a warrior.
Seasons of War is undoubtedly one of the best fan made films that I've ever seen. Not only is it visually stunning, but it tells a story that is heart-wrenchingly powerful and moving.
I love that you never see the War Doctor's face directly, but you never need to because you still know exactly who he is. We know how the War Doctor's story ends, but it was really great seeing even a small sliver of what he meant to the people around him while fighting because he wasn't always the monster he made himself out to be.
Well done, Andy Robinson and crew. You guys did a fantastic job creating Seasons of War!