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4.0 out of 5 stars is happy to rush where Time Lords fear to tread
Doctor Who: Situation Vacant.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Hugh, Asha, Theo, Juliet.
Main enemy: 'Spoilers'.
Main setting: London, 2010.
Writer: Eddie Robson.
Director: Nicholas Briggs.
Release number: 4.02.
Format: 1xCD - 2 episodes.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dramatically Vacant
So, The Doctor's set up a set of challenges in order to select a new companion, in the manner of The Apprentice. Cue lots of metafictional pondering on what makes a good companion. If you like comic episodes, you'll enjoy this, but I found it a bit too cringy. Yes, Paul McGann can do comedy but he's an excellent actor, evidence of which can be heard in another of the...
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4.0 out of 5 stars is happy to rush where Time Lords fear to tread, 25 July 2014
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This review is from: Situation Vacant (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who: Situation Vacant.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Hugh, Asha, Theo, Juliet.
Main enemy: 'Spoilers'.
Main setting: London, 2010.
Writer: Eddie Robson.
Director: Nicholas Briggs.
Release number: 4.02.
Format: 1xCD - 2 episodes.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann
Hugh Bainbridge - James Bachman
Asha Qureshi - Shelley Conn
Theo Lawson - Joe Thomas
Juliet Walsh / Tamsin Drew - Niky Wardley
Wanda Rothman - Sabina Franklyn
Leonard Pallister - Tony Millan
Rachel - Joanna Kanska
Rafshaw - Barnaby Edwards

Trivia.
1)The applicants for the position of companion are responding to an advertisement placed in various newspapers, the candidates are listed below.
Hugh Bainbridge - "An amiable public school type who, though perhaps not the brightest tool in the box, is happy to rush where Time Lords fear to tread."
Juliet Walsh - "A tough cookie. A driven and highly successful career woman, there's nothing she won't do to close the deal."
Asha Qureshi - "A no-nonsense, capable young woman with a tendency towards precociousness & a surprising ability to cope with the unexpected."
Theo Lawson - "King of the Geeks: an introverted and computer-savvy teenager who knows more about gigabytes than he does about girls."
2)The Doctor mentions that his former companion Lucie Miller is, as far as he knows, travelling around Europe. (Audio: Death in Blackpool).
3)The Doctor recalls that he once saw a larger robot rampaging around London. (Tv: Robot).
4)The Doctor's fellow renegade Time Lord, the Monk, was the time traveller who placed the advertisement in the newspapers & arranged the dangerous scenarios to test his potential companions. (Audio: The Book of Kells, The Resurrection of Mars).

Plot Synopsis.
TRAVELLER IN TIME AND SPACE.

Timelord seeks male or female companion with good sense of humour for adventures in the Fourth and Fifth Dimensions.

No experience necessary.

No time wasters, no space wasters please.

It seems The Doctor is holding auditions for a new companion...or is he?

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer Eddie Robson latest Eighth Doctor adventure sees four candidates trying for the position of the Doctor's next assistant as they have to prove themselves by dealing with disappearing scientists at a conference followed by an attack on London by giant robots.

To be honest 15 minutes in I wasn't enthusiastic about this adventure it seemed a gimmicky story mocking tv show The Apprentice, however, the story started to pick up the pace as the candidates began to show some useful traits & deliver some very clever plot twists.

Most fan's know the outcome of whom the Doctor choses but I won't reveal here just in case some people don't know but what I can say is the story builds up tension superbly adding plenty of suspense & intrigue.

Eddie Robson once again proves his imagination holds no bounds & delivers a clever script packed with wonderful written characters & witty dialogue as this Eighth Doctor adventure seemingly takes a swipe at The X-Factor/Apprentice with Alan Sugar, Erm I mean the Doctor hilariously walking in on his assistant wannabes mediocre attempts to solve a mystery.

Paul McGann is outstanding in this adventure & once again isn't afraid to show his incarnations failures, it appears the Doctor isn't always such a good judge of people & sometimes gets it very wrong like he does here, McGann injects his incarnation with a sense of calm efficiency who never seems to get into a panic when events around him are falling apart & is the centre of a cleverly written adventure here.

I won't go into detail about the four candidates but each has there own agenda for being there & for some not for the best of intentions as Robsons script tests the apprentices personality traits setting up a scenario that Doctor Gardiner vanishes while the mineral Vodium has the capacity to create tiny wormholes that's causing people to disappear because energy is leaking out & trying to head back to where it belongs.

Robson ups the ante even further throwing a giant robot into the mix adding more perilous danger which by the story's end the Doctor gets his new assistant & a new era of adventures in time & space are about to begin...or are they?.

Overall, Situation Vacant is a bold, brave & cleverly written Eighth Doctor adventure that delivers mystery, intrigue & nailbiting suspense crammed neatly into the plays 60 minutes running time, A great cast of well written & performed characters adds merit to the production & is another excellent Eighth Doctor adventure that's well worth a listen.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars The job of a lifetime, 16 Aug 2010
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Situation Vacant (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
It's been a while since the last audio story to feature the Eighth Doctor Death in Blackpool (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures). But now he's back. And he's travelling on his own.

Not, it would seem, for long.

An advert has been placed advising that a traveller in time and space needs a new companion. The Doctor thus arrives to meet the four candidates in a meeting room at a hotel. But there can only be one winner. So the only way to find the best candidate is to set them to dealing with tasks.

In the meantime people are disappearing and giant robots are running around.

There's a lot more going on at this hotel than meets the eye.....

This runs for two episodes of roughly twenty nine minutes each, and is complete on one disc. And it's different to any Doctor Who story you've ever heard before.

It's also a lot of fun.

There's an obvious spoof of the apprentice here, but it's never highlighted too much as it's just one element of the story. It's not a story that too much can be said about because there are an astonishing amount of twists and turns. Some interesting development for all the characters. And some intriguing hints as to a story arc that will doubtless be followed up in subsequent audio stories.

The eventual winner turns out to be quite an interesting character and their motivation is a wonderfully written and well acted scene. You'll find yourself glad that they're onboard the TARDIS, and looking forward to finding what happens next.

This is an entertaining start to the latest run.

There are fifteen minutes of so worth of interviews with cast and crew on the four tracks at the end of the disc.

And a trailer for the next story in the run at the start Nevermore (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures). And you can listen to that without any spoilers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Situation Vacant, 15 April 2011
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The key good points in this story for me were that it left many unfinished threads to be revisited - who set up the advertisement and interviews, who appears to be one step ahead of the doctor - that we have to wait to find out.

In the meantime, there is almost a distraction in this tale of the Doctor apparently looking for a 'new apprentice'. I'm not a fan of The Apprentice so I didn't enjoy this story quite as much as others have; but that doesn't detract from the good writing or the excellent performances from the characters; many of whom have pivotal roles to play in what must have been quite difficult characters to portray convincingly in such a short space of time. The casting is brilliant; and the setups for future stories is great; just this story seemed to have a little of the 'filler' in it for it to be what I would consider a fantastic Doctor Who story.

Well worth listening to; and the extras and interviews are very interesting as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Situation Vacant - A fun adventure as the Eighth Doctor chooses a new companion, 30 Aug 2010
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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After the deep and moving events of `Death In Blackpool', this is a fun little adventure in which the Dr chooses a new companion. Four applicants have replied to an advert in a magazine, for a time travelling companion. What follows is an entertaining tale in which the Dr subjects the four candidates to an Alan Sugar style series of tests, whittling the candidates down one by one as they reveal very good reasons why they are unsuitable for the job.

It's a fun adventure, as layers and layers of obfuscation are gently pulled away, leading up to the eventual selection of the companion, and an unexplored plot point that hopefully will be picked up and resolved at some point in the series.

It's a great idea, and works well. It delivers a thoroughly entertaining light hearted tale, and in the end gives us a companion that I think will work well with Paul McGann's No. 8. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You're Hired!, 26 July 2010
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This review is from: Situation Vacant (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Following Death in Blackpool there is a vacancy in the TARDIS to accompany the eighth doctor, and what better way to fill it than testing out four new candidates Apprentice style! Needless to say this story is a lot of fun and allows Paul McGann great license to trot out his best Lord Sugar impression. That with a smattering of monsters, robots and challenges makes for some great listening.

As an experience I enjoyed this so much I listened to it twice; first pass once I spotted the emerging Apprentice spoof I was chuckling all the way through. I won't give away the end, suffice it to say that all the candidates are great and I didn't remotely spot who the winner would be.

Lucie Miller may be gone, but the eighth Doctor continues in style!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dramatically Vacant, 20 Jan 2014
This review is from: Situation Vacant (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
So, The Doctor's set up a set of challenges in order to select a new companion, in the manner of The Apprentice. Cue lots of metafictional pondering on what makes a good companion. If you like comic episodes, you'll enjoy this, but I found it a bit too cringy. Yes, Paul McGann can do comedy but he's an excellent actor, evidence of which can be heard in another of the adventures, Death in Blackpool.

This is one for big fans only.
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