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.
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.
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!
on 20 January 2014
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.