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Deadline (Doctor Who: Unbound) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Robert Shearman
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (24 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844350177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844350179
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 22 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
When I heard this play was going to star Derek Jacobi I eas very excited. But this was shortlived when I began listening to this drama. If you like your Doctor Who without a Doctor or any kind of sci-fi than this is for you. If you want to hear a tale about an eldely unsuccessful author whose life has unravelled and he's full of regrets etc then this is for you. Personally I'm all for Who pushing boundaries and taking on differnet genres (the format can stretch like this) especially on audio but this just left me feeling shortchanged.
it's a good R4 drama but not good Who.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I totally agree with the previous reviewer in that "Doctor Who Unbound - Deadline" is a very grown-up sort of drama and I always thought whenever I listened to this CD that the very unusual, slightly experimental play would happily fill a late-night slot on Radio 4 if only the majority of Radio 4's listeners were as well-versed in Doctor Who lore and the programme's early history as it is necessary to be in order to pick up on all the early programme references. Having said that I think it's fair to say that the Doctor Who Unbound range of audio dramas are very squarely aimed at the established adult fan of the original 1963 series and not, for example, kids who have only started watching Doctor Who since the re-launch in 2005.

In terms of entertainment value I would only rate this four stars as it is not strictly a Doctor Who adventure and it's not the sort of thing I would normally choose to listen to, but for the sheer cleverness and inventiveness of this script it has to be a 5, and I really appreciated being hijacked from the science-fictional Doctor Who universe and transported into the failing mind of the callous, aged scriptwriter (played by Sir Derek Jacobi) which is the only place in this drama's reality where the nascent germ of Doctor Who fiction has ever existed.

So it's not Doctor Who reality and it's not our reality either. Jacobi's character is facing the consequences of a selfish, obsessive and delusional life when his estranged son comes to visit. Problem is, he is losing his marbles and reality is starting to unravel for him as he becomes so obsessed with a certain science-fiction programme he was developing in 1963 that when reality intrudes and life offers him one glimmering hope of redemption his mind is too deeply addled by his internal reality of time machines, bug-eyed monsters and resurrected BBC TV executives to avoid blowing it.

Absolutely masterful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars doctor who the afternoon play 18 July 2006
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A very different piece of work, this is the tale of a bbc scriptwriter from the 60's who worked on doctor who, a planned science fiction series that never got off the ground. Now aged, infirm, estranged from his family and in a rest home, fiction and reality start to blur in interesting ways.

Coming across like an afternoon play on radio four, this is grown up drama for adults, and in that respect, it delivers. Very well acted by all the cast. Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The No Doctors" 11 Sep 2012
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the more controversial Big Finish Doctor Who audios, to be certain. At the end of the day, though, I really like it. If the Unbound series was supposed to ask the big questions ("What if the Doctor never left Gallifrey", etc...) this one asked the BIG one... what if there was never a show called Doctor Who? The absence is palpable, especially in Martin's dreams of the show he never created - a show with a vast and strange universe that seems to be seeping into his own world. There's a Doctor Who shaped hole at the center of this story - *that's* why people should listen to it. It reminds you about the show you love by presenting you with a world where it never existed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Who was the target audience for this? 4 July 2012
By Silentwatcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There is so much wrong with this audiodrama it is difficult to begin.
First off I thought that this would be a look at the real world without the cultural influence of Doctor Who, but no it revolves a fictional man who wrote some scripts that were similar to the early episodes of Doctor Who which never aired. It would be one thing if this was an actual person that worked on the early show, but no it is some fictional person that never existed.
Secondly there is absolutely no reason why any Doctor Who fan would be interested in this, you could replace it with any TV show and it would really make no difference to the main story which had nearly nothing to do with Doctor Who.
Lastly most of the characters are very unlikable the main character is an insane madman who care for no one except himself, the story seems to try and make you feel sorry for him and the circumstances surrounding his life, but he makes it impossible.

Just, don't buy this thing no matter what anyone says stay away from it.
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