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The Wrong Doctors (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Jan 2013

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178178051X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781780510
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Format: Audio CD
Sometimes, these Doctor-crossing-his-own-path stories need to be told, despite being reminded on-screen by some writers that it is not possible. The Wrong Doctors is done so in a clever way. It needs to be clever to work and unless you have absolute concentration, you will invariably lose the time track at some point. For me this story therefore does not quite hit five stars because of the potential confusion. There are plenty of easy-to-follow stories that are five star, that this one will alienate all bar the absolute aficionado. I always have one request from any audio story or book; I don't want to be alienated, I want to be part of it. Here, the interesting theme and performances allow one to skip any misunderstood parts and enjoy the rest of the narrative.

In my view, Big Finish often better the classic stories (and certainly the new series). Added to which the younger and then more inexperienced actors and actresses have opportunity to flourish a quarter of a century later. Melanie Bush is a great character, and I have very much enjoyed her Big Finish work. Had not appreciated that it has been some years since she has done any.

Of all the Doctors to have a two-Doctor story where it is the same incarnation at different points in time, Colin Baker is the obvious choice.

Very ambitious and a nice experiment. Exploring the name theme, we had The One Doctor a few years ago (Colin Baker again), had it not been for the 1985 story The Two Doctors, this would invariably have been called The Two Doctors, ..., unless of course there were more than two unlikely, but one can never be sure when one really considers such a plot.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 July 2015
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This is the 169th story in the Big Finish Main Range, and is the first in a series of three stories which re-introduces the character of Melanie Bush, the companion first seen with the Sixth Doctor in the tv series when she appears in a story (Terror of the Vervoids) brought by the Valeyard in evidence against the Doctor at the Doctor’s Trial (Trial of a Time Lord).

Mel has appeared in other BF stories, but the story of how she came to first travel with the Doctor has never been addressed in a specific story, and this story puts this to rights. The Doctor has farewelled his companion Evelyn Smythe, and decides that this is the time in his timeline when he should sort out the meeting of himself with Mel, so sets off to the village of Pease Pottage, where Mel lives on Earth in 1987. But something seems to have gone terribly wrong, because there are two Tardises, two Doctors, and two Mels in Pease Pottage; and there are aspects of Pease Pottage that just don’t seem quite right. What is an iguanadon doing in the garden? And what exactly is going on in Pease Pottage?

This is a really valiant attempt to put right the introduction of Mel into the life of the Doctor. The two lead parts, played by Bonnie Langford and Colin Baker are tremendously well played by the actors. Listening to the extras on the cd, it is interesting to hear Colin Baker talk about the challenges of playing himself at two different points in his own timelined. Visually, it would be relatively easy to do a story like that on tv, where the Doctor is wearing a different coat, and subtle changes could be made to ‘show’ the differences. In an audio story, the Doctor’s mannerisms and character must be shown only through the medium of voice.
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By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 July 2014
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*Contains Spoilers*

This is the hundred and sixty ninth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford as Six and Mel. There are four episodes, roughly 30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc and a few minutes of the soundtrack at the end of disc 1.

As a consequence of it’s very long history, time travelling subject matter and the many writers/producers etc that have worked on the show, it is inevitable that there are a few continuity problems that crop up from time to time in Dr. Who. Most are minor things that only serious fans who have watched all the DVD’s will notice, but there are some big glaring points that would be noticeable to the casual viewer. And chief among these over the years is probably the Mel Bush problem. First introduced as a future companion of the Dr in trial of a Time Lord, where he is being shown his own future, but then that future Mel seems to start travelling with him there and then. So just where and how did he meet her, and what about all the apparent paradoxes?

With this release Big Finish have attempted to answer some of the questions, and to give Mel an introduction to the show. And they do it in style. I’ll not try to summarise the plot, it’s one of those tangled webs of time that might require a second listen to get it all straight. But there is so much to enjoy here. Not least is the amazing performance of Colin Baker.
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