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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wrong Doctors – I’ll be along later..., 28 July 2014
Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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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. Here he plays two versions of the Sixth Doctor, the younger, brasher version that we remember from his TV days, and the older, wiser version that we have grown to love through the audio adventures. Colin manages to differentiate between the two versions beautifully, and the listener is never in doubt as to whom it is that they are hearing. It’s a startlingly good performance, which along with his double role in the highly recommended ‘Curse Of Davros’ shows what an amazingly good actor he is.

It’s a story that has everything, from high octane action, character development, comedy, dinosaurs, a great performance from Bonnie Langford, a timey-wimey plot (that works really well) and some really touching scenes. It sorts out the paradox beautifully, and really could not be better. 5 stars and well done Big Finish, keep up the good work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Sixth Doctor's?, 30 Oct 2013
Timelord007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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Colin Baker takes the credit here playing two very different Sixth Doctor's one after Trial of a Timelord & the other a mellowed older version of himself.
Bonnie Langford returns to Big Finish as Mel.
Great complex story by Matt Fitton whom is a genius to attempt to write such a complex play & pulls it off superbly.

This isn't your normal Doctor Who adventure & the complex nature of the plot may put off some fans.
Not a good jumping on point for new listeners.

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This is a 2 CD 4 Part adventure Running Time 120 Minutes, Trailer, Music, Behind the scenes interviews.

This is a very enjoyable adventure that demands the attention of the listerner to the full & maybe require multiple listerns to fully grasp all the story's plot points.

The Doctor after the events of Trial of a Timelord drops Melanie Bush off in Pease Pottage her hometown so he can in his future timeline meet her pick her up & she will become his future travelling companion.

But he's not the only Timelord in Pease Pottage as there's a older mellowed Sixth Doctor whom has arrived to pick up Mel to go on adventures with.

Two Doctor's in the same timezone?, This could have a great impact on the universe as the two Doctor's could about to interfere with there past & present timeline.

But strange events are happening in the village of Pease Pottage event's the younger Timelord cannot help but interfere in & get involved with the villages mystery goings on.

What is the mysterious events that are happening in Pease Pottage & will it take two incarnations of the Doctor to solve the mystery or will the younger Sixth Doctor change events & die causing his older self to never have exsisted?

This is a engaging but at times difficult story to get into as it's complexities may dissuade some listeners but i advise you too stick with it & you'll be rewarded.

This story is one that may benefit from multiple listerns as you are able to put the pieces of the puzzle together as grasping all the plot points on a first listen maybe difficult.

Colin Baker here is exellent as he play's two facets of the Sixth Doctor one a younger incarnation similar to the tv series version bombastic & loud & the other a older mellower & calmer Sixth Doctor, It's a credit to Bakers acting skill that he pulls this off on audio allowing the listener to fully understand which Doctor is who.

Bonnie Langford returns as Melanie Bush who gets far better material for he character Mel here than her tv counterpart did.

This is a complex but engaging listern & exellent story for Doctor Who fans although maybe not ideal as a jumping on point for new listeners for us older fans it's a audio gem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Two Doctors,..., both of him., 13 July 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 14 April 2013
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Excellent romp for the sixth Doctor! Mel was cool too. Nice to clear up her timeline a little the appearance from nowhere in the series was annoying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The history of Pease Pottage, 26 Feb 2013
Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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A new Doctor Who audio story. This one features Colin Baker as the Doctor, and is the start of a new trilogy of tales featuring him plus Bonnie Langford as his companion Melanie Bush. This is the first of these she's been available for in five years, so it's a welcome return.

It doesn't tie into any other stories, so casual listeners can get into it easily enough. Since it attempts to resolve the rather muddled continuity involving Mel at the end of Colin Baker's era on tv it does help to be aware of that. But if you're going to be listening to this then you will doubtless be familiar with that particular tv run, so it shouldn't be a problem.

The story does take place after the departure of Evelyn Smythe, longtime companion of the Sixth Doctor. But only in audio stories. A lady who was more than a match for him and his personality and had a very mellowing effect on him. The opening scene deals with that, so anyone who hasn't heard an Evelyn audio might be lost. But will be fine afterwards.

The story runs for four episodes of twenty seven to thirty four minutes each [approx] and is spread over two discs.

Since the Doctor always knew that he would one day end up travelling with Mel, he decides as ever to look forward rather than back, and heads off to Pease Pottage, her home village, to find her.

But at the same moment, a slightly younger Sixth Doctor is going there as well. Right after the end of a trial of a timelord. Taking Mel home. So that his future self will be able to meet her.

The one thing timelords should never do is cross their own time track. But when the younger sixth Doctor finds strange things going on in the village, he can't help but get involved.

Soon, multiple Sixth Doctors and multiple Mels are all over the place.

And that's the least of Pease Pottage's problems. There's also the iguanadon. Plus a very sinister local man. Time travel can be very dangerous...

The first two episodes of this are amazingly good fun, especially when Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford are in scenes. Both adjust their performances to take into account which different version of the character they are. And some of the resulting dialogue is incredibly funny and quite simply brilliant at points.

Although the moments when the story is focusing on the villain of the piece and the other strange things going on aren't quite as fun, they do intrigue greatly.

It all does get very involved in the last two parts, though. And you will have to think very hard about things in order to keep a grip on the story. These parts don't have nearly as many great Doctor and Mel moments as the first two, though, so they're not quite as fun a listen as those were. The third part rallies superbly though in the final third when plot twists and villainous scheming are made apparent.

To be followed by an equally involved part four. The strong moments for the Doctor and Mel in this are more touching character rather than humorous interaction, though.

But even though the first half of this is slightly stronger than the second, this is still a clever and original and brilliantly acted piece of work. And it is well worth five stars. And a listen.

There's just over eighteen minutes of music from the story on the final four tracks of disc one.

A trailer for the next release in this run of three stories Dr Who Spaceport Fear CD (Dr Who Big Finish) on the track on disc two after the end of part four.

Plus just over ten minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the two tracks post that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Colin Baker, 16 Feb 2013
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Colin Bakreater is called the worst Doctor, however on audio Colin is great. And in this story he has to play two versions of the Doctor and has to be one of the best stories he has ever done.
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