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4.0 out of 5 stars Tribute for Colin Baker - Celebrating 50 Years of Doctor Who
June 2013 - It's time to celebrate Colin Baker's tenure as the Doctor.

'Trouble in Paradise' - the sixth release of the 'Desinty of the Doctor' series - is a fitting tribute by writer Nev Fountain to an era of a brash and temperamental doctor, with his travelling companion Peri, who was loyal to him during 1984-1986. Big Finish and AudioGo continue their...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The weakest Destiny chapter, reflecting what was (arguably) the worst era in Doctor Who
Of all the eras in Doctor Who that I’ve studied/witnessed, that of Colin Baker & the Sixth Doctor has been my LEAST favourite. This is not due to Colin himself, as the man is a great actor. Rather…it’s due to the direction that the creative team (of that time) went with the Time Lord and the show.

The Sixth Doctor was perhaps the wildest and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The weakest Destiny chapter, reflecting what was (arguably) the worst era in Doctor Who, 15 Feb 2014
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Of all the eras in Doctor Who that I’ve studied/witnessed, that of Colin Baker & the Sixth Doctor has been my LEAST favourite. This is not due to Colin himself, as the man is a great actor. Rather…it’s due to the direction that the creative team (of that time) went with the Time Lord and the show.

The Sixth Doctor was perhaps the wildest and most aggressive incarnation ever (proven by his predecessor’s unstable regeneration and his attempts to strangle companion Peri!), and his era was plagued with criticism/backlash from viewers, along with a variety of continuity clashes and various other problems behind-the-scenes. The Doctor’s attire (his infamous coat of MANY colours) certainly seems to alienate a lot of fans.

But while Colin’s tenure may be my least favourite (arguably the worst in all Doctor Who), I still believe that the man was just as worthy as any of his predecessors & successors in being cast the part of the Time Lord. His era DID have its moments, and whether you like it or not, it’s an era that SHOULD be included & honoured in this AWESOME ‘Destiny of the Doctor’ series.

Like the previous chapters, Trouble in Paradise captures the essence of this Doctor’s era; everything from the opening theme music, to the Doctor’s personality/current situation, and puts it on show in a brand-new setting. This time, the Doctor and Peri are on an urgent mission, which takes them to a sailing ship in 1492, where they’re greeted by none other than Christopher Columbus HIMSELF! Alas, it’s one of those meetings for the Doctor where the man BEHIND the legend turns out NOT to be what you’d wished for, and then more problems impede the Doctor & Peri’s quest when the universe is threatened, and a ‘time experiment’ runs amuck in 1492.

Trouble in Paradise seems to accurately reflect more than the Sixth Doctor’s life. It also seems to capture the problems of overall direction, continuity and the like of poor Colin’s era. After really enjoying the consistent, excellent flow of high-quality chapters (one-after-the-next) in this Destiny series, Trouble in Paradise is the first blip on the radar. It’s a story that’s plagued with problems, and by the time it’s finished, you’re left very underwhelmed by an unfortunate, confusing story that’s otherwise good.

To get the bad out of the way, writer Nev Fountain juggles several sub-plots (some good, some bad, some ugly, some just plain daft) and fails to keep them intricate & coherent. One of the antagonists - the ‘Boven’ and his ‘time experiment’ – is something I had to restrain myself from laughing hysterically. It just wasn’t something I was able to take seriously, and it clashes wildly with the ‘universe falling asunder’ and the whole Columbus sub-plot. It’s a real mishmash of writing, and it needlessly hampers this sixth chapter. There’re loose ends left over which are messily (& hastily) tied-up, which is frustrating.

What makes this even stranger is the fact that Fountain writes some material here that is genuinely inspired and emotional. The high-point of his story is definitely Christopher Columbus himself. Having studied his exploits at school, the explorer’s accomplishments are famous by name only, and his appearance is most welcome here. Of course, Christopher’s legend does hide his darker, more selfish traits in history (which I was truly surprised to learn myself), and this story presents him in a refreshingly villainous way that makes him all the more colourful, particularly in the ‘interludes’ where Columbus is writing his journal.

The Sixth Doctor, Peri and their relationship…is also faithfully captured. The Sixth Doctor boasts a superiority complex, intolerance for fools, and an arrogance/violent streak most unbecoming of a Time Lord. And whilst, his compassion and heroism remains, it’s buried VERY deep. Peri is a companion who isn’t afraid to put her foot down, even with the Doctor, so their tumultuous relationship is down to a tee, as is the fact that deep down, they truly care for each other.

Sound-wise, the music and effects are impeccable as ever. The jungle noises, the creaking of the ship etc, give such atmosphere, making the tale easy to visualise (which is what the Destiny series prides itself on). Nicola Bryant (Peri Brown) has a wonderful voice, narrating this tale beautifully. She even does a great impression of Colin Baker’s Doctor, but her false American accent in reprising her old role really does grate at times. Aside from that, Nicola is wonderful, but Cameron Stewart surpasses her in the role of Christopher Columbus, providing a stupid, superstitious and aloof tone for the explorer. And he also provides an epic Mumm-Ra impersonation for the ‘Boven’. (If only the ‘Boven’ was as awesome as Mumm-Ra…)

The overall theme of Destiny of the Doctor that connects these stand-alone tales together comes into play RIGHT at the start, which makes the surprise all the more-so and a nice change from other chapters. But while it has its moments, Trouble in Paradise is the weakest outing in this otherwise terrific audiobook series. Potentially, it could’ve been more, but as it is, the flaws do take a lot away from the end result. An okay chapter, but for completists only, I think.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If Silurians were cows..., 15 Sep 2013
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Unlike the previous releases in this range, the Eleventh Doctor makes his brief appearance at the outset. Usually he appears during the latter half to offer advice or suggestions. Here is the catalyst for events, recruiting the Sixth Doctor and Peri to find him an omni-paradox. Why he should want such a device is never disclosed within the confines of this audiobook. Hopefully this is a part of a bigger story that will become apparent as the series progresses.

Overall this audio pool is a bit of a mixed bag. There are several good ideas ans storyline elements present but it all seems too heavily borrowed from the Silurians. Much would be interesting ifnitnhadn't all been seen before. The plot is very much a re-hashed mix of concepts surrounding the Silurians/ Sea Devils.

It must take place sometime during the earlier Sixth Doctor television stories as it seems to capture the volatile relationship between the Doctor and Peri when they are still uncertain of each other. It also presents the Sixth Doctor as the quite obnoxious version of him that first appeared on screen. Although this version of the Sixth Doctor is probably more authentic in many ways to represent him in this particular anniversary range I can't help but prefer the more mellowed version of his later television stories or the more mature rendition Colin Baker has provided in various audio plays.

Nicola Bryant delivers an impressive performance throughout; pacey, varied and emotional. She easily re-captures the character of Peri, but this has its drawbacks (at least for me). I always found the false, affected American accent of Peri quite annoying; espcially as Nicola Bryant has quite a pleasant natural voice. It is even more grating in audio form. Obviously the accent is part of the character though. Her Sixth Doctor isn't bad but part of the character feels lost without Colin Baker's own delivery. Bryant's Elevnth Doctor is great, however. Possibly the best rendition of Matt Smtih's version yet.

One of the better, and perhaps more innovative, areas of the play is in its portrayal of Columbus. For a long time, and still in some ways, Columbus has had a legendary status that somehow excuses or glosses overs the much more darker side of this historical figure. In this audiobook Columbus is presented with all his weaknesses. There is no effort to disguise his arrogance and blood thirsty nature. It is, perhaps, a more realistic characterisation of this cultural hero. His diary extracts also work well as a literary artifice and insight into his character.

There is certainly plenty to be entertained by in this audio but, unfortunately, not much to be inspired by. In a series of eleven stories it is unlikely to stand out or be memorable. What's more, many of the plot elements and a similar context and setting are used in the Sixth Doctor/Silurian audio 'Bloodtide', which is vastly superior.
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1.0 out of 5 stars "...the script is insipid, crass and facile...outlandishly loud aural cartoon...", 30 July 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: Trouble in Paradise (Destiny of the Doctor 6) (Audio CD)
(Note: Firstly, I'm a big fan of the Sixth Doctor era and of Colin Baker's Doctor but what I've heard here, TROUBLE IN PARADISE, is so disappointing).

Sadly, Nurofen (or Tylenol) should sponsor DOCTOR WHO - DESTINY OF THE DOCTOR: TROUBLE IN PARADISE as by the end of track one you'll need pain relief. And it only gets worse.

The sixth `chapter' of the subtly linked 50th anniversary audiobook series from AUDIOGO in association with BIG FINISH, is truly dull, languid, unintentionally comical and wholly redundant, with only redeeming feature being the ebullient, galloping re-vamped Peter Howell theme music that top-and-tail the single-disc release.

Performed with tone of pastiche and pantomime, TROUBLE IN PARADISE is an assault on the ears that deserves a criminal prosecution and time in the cells to think it over. Retreating to 1984, Nicola Bryant grates uncontrollably (was the audiobook's Producer asleep during the recording..?) as she recreates Peri Brown, whilst Cameron Stewart's dual roles of Christopher Columbus ("...greatest explorer in the world ever...") and a ruminating time traveller known as Bovin (a cow-like creature) are as brash and obsequious as the Sixth Doctor's wardrobe.

However, even Reticulum can be made into a palatable, somewhat tasty Tripe Supper with the addition of overbearing flavours and preparation. The post-production sound treatment is wonderfully evocative of the setting; salt-laden air drying of the wooden floorboards on-board the ocean going vessels leaving them to adjust and creak as they seek purchase against the adjacent oak beams; the relentless kissing of a turquoise sea against the vessel's sides; the calls of rainbow-coloured birds wheeling against a clear blue sky. Unreservedly, the sound effects create a beautiful canvas only to have a vandal spray nonsensical scrawl and tags across it.

Sixth Doctor: The whole universe will collapse in 45-minutes.

The fault lies at the nib of Nev Fountain's pen (well, in this instance, Crayola waxy crayon); the script is insipid, crass and facile whilst the plotting is as bloated as Colin Baker's stomach circa 1985. I suppose Colin was able to `pass wind' more quietly and reservedly than this outlandishly loud aural cartoon. How long was the script for TROUBLE IN PARADISE lying on the shelf or propping-up a wonky table leg in the BIG FINISH offices?

To date, the DESTINY OF THE DOCTOR 50th anniversary series has been a mixed bag of the thrilling, the intelligent, the intriguing alongside the puerile, the child-like and the soporific.

With the release of TROUBLE IN PARADISE, the series has, hopefully, hit the lowest point and the quality of the releases will ascend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tribute for Colin Baker - Celebrating 50 Years of Doctor Who, 24 Jun 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: Trouble in Paradise (Destiny of the Doctor 6) (Audio CD)
June 2013 - It's time to celebrate Colin Baker's tenure as the Doctor.

'Trouble in Paradise' - the sixth release of the 'Desinty of the Doctor' series - is a fitting tribute by writer Nev Fountain to an era of a brash and temperamental doctor, with his travelling companion Peri, who was loyal to him during 1984-1986. Big Finish and AudioGo continue their collaboration to celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who (the previous one being 'Smoke and Mirrors').

As before, the Destiny of the Doctor releases are performed by one actor/actress who played a companion during the series, with a guest star playing a support character. In this case, it's Nicola Bryant who played Peri in 'Doctor Who', joined by Cameron Stewart who plays the 'greatest explorer ever' - Christopher Columbus.

Colin Baker's Doctor has appeared in a number of thrilling and unusually captivating stories such as 'The Two Doctors' and 'Revelation of the Daleks'. He has also appeared in various and very successful Big Finish audios with the likes of 'The First Sontarans', 'The Reaping', 'I.D.' and '100'.

'Trouble in Paradise' is an historical story set in 1492 on a sailing ship. After recieving a message from the Eleventh Doctor (the continuing theme of these 'Destiny of the Doctor' stories), the Doctor and Peri have to go and retrieve an omni-paradox that will be used for later on. But on the way, they get captured by the crew of the sailing ship and meet up with Columbus who is on an expedition to a jungle isand far out on the sea.

Nicola Bryant reprises her role as Peri in this story. I really like Peri. I've always found her to be a very brave person to stick to a Doctor who's brash and dismissive of her since he regenerated from 'The Caves of Androzani'. Peri always interested me as a character and I found her lovely and wondered where her story would go. Nicola Bryant is still as lovely as ever and in this story, she slips from narrating in her British accent to acting as Peri in her American one pretty well.

I enjoyed the scene where Peri stands up to the Doctor defiantly when he refuses to cure the man with TB since it will change the course of history. I thought it was pretty extreme when Peri threw herself over the ship, albeit it was an accident. I liked it when she was solving the problems about who the aliens in this story were and how her horror at meeting Columbus affects her since she studied him at high school.

Nev Fountain the writer of this tale has writen for Peri before. He wrote the companion chronicle 'Peri and the Piscon Paradox', so it seemed an obvious choice that he should write the story with Peri and the Sixth Doctor in it. Nev is well known for writing comedy in the radio show 'Dead Ringers' and has also written the audio plays 'Omega' and 'The King Maker'. Him being a funny man makes the humour of this play come out pretty well.

Nicola Bryant is helped by Cameron Stewart who plays Christopher Columbus in this story. I've heard Cameron Stewart before in 'The First Sontarans' where he played a human major and a Sontaran. In tihs story, he not only plays Columbus, but also a man with TB and an angry buffalo-like Boven.

Columbus is a pretty famous historical figure who 'didn't quite discover America thinking its India and seems to have found Japan'. I didn't know much about Columbus other than he was pivotal in discovering the New World. It was only until from what I heard from Peri about what he did to slaves and how cruel he must have been that I got to learn more about him. I always found it amusing when the narration shifts to Columbus writing his daily journal on what he thinks of the Doctor and Peri assuming they are natives of the island and that the Doctor is some sort of witch-doctor.

As I said before, this story continues the thread of the Eleventh Doctor popping up now and again to meet his previous selves, although in this story it happens at the beginning rather than during half-way or towards the end. I'm fascinated to know what the Eleventh Doctor's going to do with this omni-paradox that Sixy's got for him, and how it's all go to resolve itself later in the series.

So all in all, 'Trouble in Paradise' is another entertaining and enjoyable story from the 'Destiny of the Doctor' series celebrating 50 years of 'Doctor Who'. It has a lovely performance from Nicola Bryant from Peri and is an enjoyable excursion in history about Christopher Columbus. Looking forward to more to come during the rest of the series.

Next time it's 'Shockwave' with the Seventh Doctor and Ace.

The next story with the Doctor and Peri is 'The Trial Of A Time Lord'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Trouble in Paradise, 21 Jan 2014
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I was completely blown away by this top quality romp, most of the stories in this series have been high quality but more "moody and series." Right from the off the story makes it clear that this is a loud in your face bodacious story. I found myself laughing all the way through and unashamedly give it five stars. Nicola Bryant is on top form - both her 6th and 11th Doctors are very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perpurgilliam strikes again, 8 Aug 2013
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An excellent Who romp from the pen of Nev Fountain, performed admirably by the lovely Nicola Bryant. Any story - regardless of format - which features a goat called Neddie has to be good. Nev clearly had fun writing Columbus' diary sections in this, which not only move the plot along neatly, but also provide a neat little comedic distraction (but in a good way). (Nev's sketch-writing credentials shine through, even if not deliberately.)The reviewer thought that the absence of Colin Baker's commanding presence might detract from the quality of the play, but Ms Bryant does a great job of shifting between Peri's American tones and the more commanding, arrogant tones of the Doctor. Cracking stuff for Whovians. Nice work Nev.
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1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish, 24 July 2013
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After five great stories I was expecting another humdinger but this totally failed to hold my interest. I fell asleep during my first listening
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4.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the new world, 16 Jun 2013
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A new Doctor Who talking book, which is the sixth entry in the 'Destiny of the Doctor' range. All of which feature an all new adventure for a different one of the Doctors. They are stand alone tales but have a linking theme which should all come together in the eleventh release.

This story features the Sixth Doctor and Peri, and runs for seventy five minutes. It's complete on a single cd, and is basically one long episode. The only breaks in it are the usual cd chapter ones.

Minimal sleeve notes give brief details of other bbc Doctor Who product, and of the era of the show in which the story is set.

The linking theme doesn't impinge on the story or require knowledge of what happened in earlier ones in the range, thus casual listeners should be able to get into this easily without having heard any of them.

Nicola Bryant, who played Peri on tv alongside Colin Baker's Doctor, narrates the story in the third person. Thus she does the narration in her regular voice and only slips into an accent for Peri and the guest characters.

One guest character is voiced by guest actor Cameron Stewart.

Regular listeners will be familiar with the linking theme of these releases. This one does something different with that by using it as the catalyst for the adventure, and getting it in right at the beginning. [Not a spoiler, because it does mention that on the back of the box.]

The story sees the Doctor and Peri travel to 1492 and join Christopher Columbus on his expedition to the new world. The time travellers are looking for a certain something. Their interaction with the people on the expedition is very well written because Columbus and his crew regard them as strange natives with strange abilities from this strange new world. And the Doctor and Peri's atttiudes to things particular to this time period lead to some strong character interaction between the pair.

There's a very original science fictional concept in here, which leads to some dramatic and surprising moments in the middle of the tale.

A plot point mentioned relatively early on does seem to be forgotten about for a while, but it does come back to the fore in the final third. It's pretty clever and does allow the writer to throw in an interesting analogy in a subtle manner. The way the Doctor deals with things is also rather nicely done, although one you will have to think about for a moment to get your head around it.

Ending with more strong character moments for the time travellers, the ending does have a few surprises in it. And will stick with you for a while.

Very well read by Nicola Bryant, and well in keeping with the style of it's era, whilst also avoiding all the problems the Sixth Doctor's tv stories had, it's a really good listen and a strong entry in a very good range.
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5.0 out of 5 stars no troble, 26 Jun 2013
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a fun and inventive story, the best in the series so far with some great and bizarre characters. historical characters and talking cows, perfect!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Trouble in Paradise Destiny of the Doctor 6, 1 Jun 2013
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Responding to a desperate summons from the Doctor's future self, he and Peri find themselves on a sailing ship in 1492, where the crewmen are gripped by superstitious fear. They say the Devil walks among them, stalking and striking them down. Even though they have landed in paradise, they fear that 'El Diablo' himself will drag them over the edge of the world and into the depths of hell. When the Doctor and Peri meet the captain of the ship, they both discover that heroes can sometimes behave un-heroically. Peri's reaction leads her into deep water, and soon the Doctor fears not only for her life but also for the existence of the ship, the paradise island, and the Universe itself...Celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who, a brand new adventure for the Sixth Doctor. Nicola Bryant - Peri in the BBC TV Doctor Who series - and Cameron Stewart perform this original story by Nev Fountain, with music and sound design.
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