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2.0 out of 5 stars a comedy that thinks it's really funny, 17 July 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Exile (Doctor Who: Unbound) (Audio CD)
And that's never a good sign. In escaping from the time lords, the doctor committed suicide, expecting to regenerate. But he didn't realise that time lords who kill themselves change sex.

Thus a female doctor is hiding out in london, the tardis long dormant. Working at sainsburys. And getting drunk. A lot.

The latter forms the pretty much the entire extent of the comedy. If you find people constantly vomiting down the toilet funny, then this is for you.

It's not all bad. Arabella Weir is absolutely superb as the doctor and it's a shame she didn't get a better script to work with. She has some very funny exchanges with images of the previous doctor, and a pair of clueless timelords on her tail are not entirely unfunny.

But the play runs out of what energy it had halfway through, and limps towards a very drawn out conclusion. A pity, as the actors involved deserved a lot better
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hammy and cheesy, 9 April 2009
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This review is from: Exile (Doctor Who: Unbound) (Audio CD)
Nick Briggs plays an alternative past 2nd Doctor who has committed suicide in order to regenerate into a female 3rd Doctor - comedy actress Arabella Weir - and lose him/herself in Earth society to escape being sentenced to death by the Time Lords for interference in the affairs of other planets. It's written as a comedy and there are some really funny moments in it, but having the Doctor and the Time Lords using improbable and highly uncharacteristic expletive Anglo-Saxon profanity is unnecessary and juvenile, shatters the illusion of this as a real Doctor Who story, downgrading it from comedic canonicity to ephemeral spoof. Shame.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful- I can't even begin to describe how bad this is..., 16 Sep 2010
This review is from: Exile (Doctor Who: Unbound) (Audio CD)
Out of all the stories in the "Unbound" series this by far my least favourite. "What if the Doctor was a woman?" is an interesting idea, such a shame it's handled as one long joke.

Well, I say `joke' but it's painfully unfunny. The script clearly thinks it's hilarious (the opening line about car parks established this if you couldn't tell)- not a good sign. Cues lots of horrendous "drunken" acting from all involved, dialogue and camaraderie that makes you ask if the writer has ever actually been to a pub and had a drink in his life, loads of fake burping and vomiting and it starts to feel like it was written by a seven-year-old trying to be naughty. The crass swearing throughout only adds to this (Princess Anne swears! It's so funny isn't it?! Well, actually no Big Finish). I'm not a prude by any means, but swearing for swearing's sake (or worse, lame comedic effect that believes it can guarantee a laugh) should be avoided. The final nail in the coffin was the comedy `local yokels at the end'. Ha bloody ha. A performer of Ms. Weir's talents is utterly wasted on this tripe. Even David Tennant can't salvage this mess.

You could also argue (if you were as unimpressed as I was) that the idea of a Time Lord having a sex change only if they commit suicide is insulting and trans-phobic (a sex change is cited as the "worst crime" committed by the Dr!), whilst the idea that all young women live to get drunk and have meaningless lives and petty jobs is misogynistic.

Sorry to be so negative, but I loathed this story so much my thoughts towards it became violent. Mad but true! I really wish they had handled the idea of a female Doctor seriously, rather than immediately deciding it should be a joke.

Avoid this insulting, fatuous mess at all costs. If you want a classic story get "Sympathy for the Devil".
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