Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
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The Game, Dreamtime, Catch-1782

The Game was a rather nice parable of the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa ending a war; not a lot more to say about the plot than that. Several interesting things about the form rather than the content, though. First off, the six-part framework is much more effective than BF's usual four parts, and imposes a certain discipline on the storytelling. Second, the setting is very close in concept to my day job, but this is a broad brush portrayal, not a didactic exercise, so I forgive the blurring of details. Third, and most important, we have the return of William Russell to Doctor Who after forty years, as interplanetary negotiator Lord Darzil Carlisle - a memorably flawed character, whose relationship with both Nyssa and the Doctor turns out to be the real story here.

Dreamtime is the first trip in the Tardis for the Seventh Doctor's new companion Hex: some splendid audio-scapes conveying the double weirdness of the landscape - Uluru is bizarre enough in the first place, but to find it on an atmospheric asteroid is extra value. I'm not sure if the plot really made a lot of sense but I enjoyed the ride.

In Catch-1782, the Sixth Doctor takes Mel to visit her scientist uncle, and then has to rescue her from a timewarp in which she risks being married off to one of her own ancestors. The plot is not very original, but Bonnie Langford is terrific as Mel in this - clearly Big Finish allowed her to find depths in the character that were impossible on TV.

In summary, three unexceptional but decent plays.
Tags: doctor who, doctor who: 05, doctor who: 06, doctor who: 07, doctor who: audio
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