April 12th, 2007

tardis

Gallifrey, series 1

Am sitting on Eurostar en route to London and ultimately Bath, where I am staying tonight and speaking at a conference tomorrow. I managed to get through the four plays in the first Gallifrey sequence this week, and they are fun and enjoyable if not necessarily great works of literature.

Let's face it, for someone like me who is a child of the Fourth Doctor era, the only two companions who matter, apart from the incomparable Sarah Jane Smith of course, are Leela and Romana. And K-9. And, er, K-9. The idea of putting Louise Jameson, Lalla Ward and John Leeson (and John Leeson) together with a half-decent script is so obvious in retrospect that you wonder why it wasn't done as a series much earlier (OK, it had been done in Marc Platt's novel Lungbarrow, and in a Big Finish play I haven't heard yet).

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I particularly liked the first and fourth of these four plays, both of which are by Alan Barnes, who hadn't previously registered on my consciousness as a Who writer. I will look out for more of his stuff, and listen to more Gallifrey as well.
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