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Doctor Who-Slipback (A Target book) Paperback – 15 Jan 1987

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; New edition edition (15 Jan. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426202635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426202639
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1.1 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,162,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By the mid-eighties, the once proud and mighty figure of Dr Who was withered and tired, with many fans of the opinion that the Beeb had taken its finger off the Quality Control button. Yet, the good Doctor soldiered on, only occasionally reaching past heights. This series of audio adventures, starring the sixth incarnation of the Time-travelling Gallifreyan, Colin Baker, may not be anywhere near the character's glory days but it does show the series attempting to imbibe the humorous eccentricities of Douglas Adams' The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to The Galaxy series--with varying results. The story, a sometimes clumsy concoction of gigantic spacecraft, illegal time experiments and intergalactic art theft often sees attempts at drama and tension undermined by laboured comedy such as cantankerous Alien spaceship captains and a neurotic, comedy-voiced computer. For ardent fans of Who's golden age, Slipback may be a depressing affair, an unfortunate memento of a show brought to its knees through lack of faith. Yet, seen as a curio of the kind of sci-fi that would evolve in to the likes of Red Dwarf, this is a mildly entertaining diversion. --Danny Graydon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 2 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Originally broadcast as 10-minute chunks embedded in an interminably awful children’s magazine format, this first proper Doctor Who radio story is a mildly entertaining yet ultimately unsatisfying offering. Then TV stars Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant encounter a raft of bog-standard Doctor Who story elements: illegal time experiments first hook the Doctor and Peri into the story; an echoey spaceship provides endless corridors for the regulars to traipse down; a blood-thirsty monster is shoehorned into the plot for seemingly no other reason than that it will provide an effective cliffhanger; and a comedy pair of intergalactic policemen are inferior knockoffs from the Robert Holmes school of double acts. Slipback is at least initially entertaining thanks to Sawards fruity dialogue (Peri memorably describes the TARDIS console ‘starting to wink, flash and grunt like some dirty old man in a park’) but sadly the story doesn’t really build to a satisfying climax, it just…stops. The Doctor doesn’t get to save the day, or ultimately even meet up with Valentine Dyall’s infectious Captain Slarn, as Saward instead rather lazily steals the finale of 5th Doctor TV story Terminus to provide an unsatisfying conclusion. Mildly diverting, but not in the same league as Big Finish’s more recent 6th Doctor audios.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a CD issue of the special one-off radio series of Doctor Who, broadcast on Radio 5 during the long break when the TV show was suspended (around 1986?). Eric Saward (the Script Editor of the TV show at the time) wrote this dark comedy, not much in the style of "Doctor Who as we know it", but in a mixture of his own increasingly grim style, and splashes of humour reminiscent of Douglas Adams (the use of language, the elaboration of ideas to the point of absurdity without actually playing them for obvious laughs, etc.)
Unfortunately, being sliced into half a dozen ten minute episodes - each with a cliffhanger ending, of course! - makes the plotting fairly contrived.
It's fun in parts; but even if didn't already have the cassette release from a few years ago, I wouldn't think it really worth the asking price of this CD.
The book adaptation worked better: Extra material, and no need for the contrived cliffhangers. Chances of that ever seeing print again are slim, though... =:o{
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "paulalfonso13792" on 21 Oct. 2002
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This is the one off Radio 4 series during the 18 months that Doctor Who was ofcf the air.
The story isn't actually quite long,all in all it's just over an hour in lenght in 6 episodes.
The story is about the 6th Doctor and Peri ( as played on screen by Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant) about a ship.
The comedy is magiacal,it makes a break form the argurments of the T.V series.
Yes I would recomend this to anyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Pleasant Sillyness 15 Nov. 2001
By Matthew L. Roffman - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Slipback is a BBC radio play made during the 1986 Dr. Who hiatus. I was glad to see it had been released on CD because I have been wondering what this story was like on the radio ever since I bought the novelisation 10 years ago. It was particularily delightful to hear Valentine Dyall's (The Black Guardians) voice as the repugnant disease ridden starship captain. I thought he had already passed away at the time Slipback was made so it was a great surprise to see he made one last contribution to Dr. Who before the end of his life. Beyond that... the story seems to try to emulate a lot of the qualities of Douglas Adams Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy. The 'dumb blond' voice of the computer reminds me of Trillian when she was making announcements over the Heart of Gold's comm system. There's even a brief appearance of a depressed robot. Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant are their usual selves. Baker his typical loud self. At the end of one of the episodes he is told that everybody including himself will die and he exclaims 'NOOOOOOOO!!!' right as the Dr. Who theme music rolls. This CD is cute, but I suggest it only for die hard Dr. Who fans like myself.
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Perhaps The Worst Doctor Who Story Ever 13 Mar. 2008
By Matthew Kresal - Published on
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In 1985/1986, Doctor Who found itself on hiatus. In an attempt to give fans something during this, this radio story (the first Doctor Who story made especially for radio) was made. It plays like some of the worst stories of the Colin Baker era. This isn't Baker's or Nicola Bryant's fault though as much as it's the fault of the writing and other actors. In short, Slipback is amongst the worst Doctor Who stories ever made.

Baker and Bryant though aren't at fault. Hey manage to play Eric Saward's script as well as they can. In fact they make the story worth listening to just to hear their chemistry together. Baker in particular seems to be a little more human and less arrogant then his TV performances in the role. Bryant plays the only really sane character in the story, which gives her a chance to shine. They do their best with the story.

The rest of the cast is a let down. Valentine Dyall in his final performance as Captain Slarn, is a real let down with some odd line delivery and a poor performance all around. Jane Carr seems to have fun in the dual role of the ship's computer with two personalities. While the hidden personality is fine to listen to, the public voice of the computer is very annoying and while meant to be humorous, it isn't in the very least. The other characters are just there for the laughs and are really dumb...and that's being nice.

The main problem with the story is the writing. Eric Saward, the show's script editor and some time writer, had done some good stories in his time (Earthshock, Revelation Of The Daleks) and this is not one of them. In fact, this may be his worst piece of work on the series. The main story is perhaps the most improbable collection of characters and circumstances ever to be put together in a single Doctor Who story. The characters are bland and played for laughs to the point of annoyance. In particular the whole section featuring Dyall's Captain Slarn could have been left out without making a single difference to the story considering he does absolutely nothing in the story! Sawrd seems to have forgotten what makes Doctor Who work and instead creates, or rather tires to create, a poor man's version of Douglas Adams' classic Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. And, as I said, it's a poor man's version.

Is Slipback worth listening to? It depends on how much of a fan you are. If you're ea casual fan, avoid this and listen to one of the Baker Big Finish stores or one of the other BBC audio stories. If you're a die-hard fan of the series then yes. But keep this in mind: listening t this is a really bad way to die. Slipback is perhaps the worst Doctor Who story ever and I do not recommend it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Slipshod would be more appropriate! 18 Feb. 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
During the 1985 hiatus of Doctor Who, there was one small spark of hope: a six part radio play featuring the Doctor and Peri. A spark of hope, that is, until you get to read this awful book.
The radio serial was never broadcast here in Australia, so this book is the first time I got to experience it (I have later on heard it). Written for both radio and this book by the contemporary Doctor Who script Editor, Eric Saward, I am yet again struck by the man's complete failure to grasp the fundamentals of what Doctor Who is about.
The story starts with the Doctor waking up with a hangover, a decidedly unDoctorish thing to do, and continues with very poor understanding of the show. The notional villain, Slarn, never actually meets either the Doctor or Peri and seems to be the kind of character that would feature in some low-grade British comedy.
In fact the whole thing is just plain silly and not a terribly good use of s well-loved fictional character. Don't rush out to find this one.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Doctor Who: Slip Back 24 Nov. 2012
By Jennifer Jester - Published on
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Great Condition for an Old Book! Has Not Even Been Read ! Only a Small Ding on Spine of Book. Fast Delivery. My Sister Will be Thrilled. Thank You For Also Providing a Listing of the Other Doctor Who Books You Also Have. Time for More Shopping
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