As already noted this episode starts out as Top Gear in space with Funky Board, Garden as the non-PC host, the Ferret and for me the best casting of James Fleet as the boring one. The wider setting is a space ship show where the Kith empire are collaborating with the humans in the name of peace, there having been a bloody war in recent memory. The Kith are a wonderful strange alien with a ludicrous West Country accent that make me chuckle whenever I hear them.
The Doctor as ever solves the mystery of the murder(s) and prevents inter-stellar war via Lucie uesting as Lucie Vauxhall Nova on the Max Warp show which gives her and the Clarkson-esque Garden plenty of stereotypical lines. This is even kept up to the end where Lucie rates the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Shed) because it is a nice shade of blue!
Plenty to like here, some parody and a decent couple of twists.
First released in 2007, this is the second episode of a of the second season of standalone releases for Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with a single 50 minute episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc. And in all honesty, it is head and shoulders above the previous episode, the uninspiring `Dead London'.
This is a story that does what Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor does best - has fun. Landing in a boys and their toys space ship convention that looks a lot like Top Gear, The Doctor and Lucie are soon up to their eyebrows in an intergalactic mystery when one of the presenters meets a mysterious accident. Basing his method on the books of Agatha Christie, the Doctor sets off to investigate, while Lucie goes undercover to try and find evidence. At stake is the peace of the galaxy, so no pressure then...
This episode is really on fire. All of the cast are clearly having a blast, especially McGann and Smith who work really well together, and Graeme Garden, who relishes his role as the misogynist jean wearing ecologically unsound TV presenter and space ship reviewer. I wonder who was being taken off there? The resolution to the mystery is no less important or impressive than the fun being had throughout, so it works well in all departments. An extremely satisfying slice of Who, 5 stars.
second in the latest series of audio plays to feature paul mcgann's doctor who and his current companion, sheridan smith playing feisty no nonsense lancastrian teenager lucie miller.
This, like the others in the range, is a complete story told in forty five minutes, and comes on a single cd. the rest of the cd [it runs an hour in total] contains interviews with the cast and crew, a trailer for the next story, and a couple of tracks giving the music from it on it's own. these two tracks are best described as interesting.
In this story the doctor and lucie arrive on an alien world as a spaceship is being tested as part of a tv show. this is a parody of the bbc car show top gear, and former goodies star graeme garden does a very good job playing the host. when a murderer strikes, the doctor and lucie turn detectives. can they find the killer, and prevent intergalactic war?
A hugely entertaining little story, with lots of comedy that arises from the characters and how they interact. thus there are several genuine laugh out loud moments. All the cast are very good and bring some good depth to their roles, and there are some clever twists and turns to the plot. come the solution, you will be surprised. but the clues are there.
A great little story, well up to the standard of this range