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4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctors Family Christmas Adventure, 25 July 2014
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Relative Dimensions (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who: Relative Dimensions.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion(s): Lucie Miller.
Featuring: Susan Campbell,
Alex Campbell.
Main setting: London, the late 2190s.
Writer: Marc Platt.
Director: Barnaby Edwards.
Release number: 4.7.
Format: 1 CD - 2 parts.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann
Susan Campbell - Carole Ann Ford
Alex Campbell - Jake McGann
Lucie Miller - Sheridan Smith

Trivia.
1)Alex's full name is Alexander David Campbell, He is 18 years old.
2)Although Alex is the Doctor's great-grandson, he nevertheless refers to the Doctor as "Granddad."
3)During their travels together, the First Doctor & Susan travelled to the planet Ambrosia, where everything smelled of ambrosia apart from their sovereign.
4)Alex is not telepathic & cannot regenerate, The Doctor analyses his DNA & discovers that his Gallifreyan genes constitute only 7% of his genome.
5)The Doctor, Lucie, Susan & Alex are attacked in the Tardis library by an eight foot alien fish with "fearsome spines & quills" & an armoured, electric carapace. It is able to swim through the air & travel between different dimensions as well as through time.
6)The Doctor tells Susan, Lucie & Alex that Leonardo da Vinci begged him to take him to Bethlehem in order to witness the birth of Jesus Christ as he wanted his Adoration of the Magi to be as accurate as possible. The Doctor was able to work out the date by reference to the census records in Rome. The two of them checked all of the inns in Bethlehem and eventually found one with a stable attached. However, Leonardo refuses to look into the stable for fear of disappointment. When the Doctor mentioned his "mate Leonardo," Lucie erroneously believed that he was referring to the American film actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
7)The Doctor alters the Tardis' internal dimensions to recreate Susan's old room, which had been held in storage in the TARDIS holding ring. The Doctor determines that his downloading of the room resurrected the air fish, which travels back in time to ensure that it was released from Susan's room. The Doctor is electrocuted by the energy discharge produced by the collision of the two versions of the fish, He had hoped that the present & future versions of the fish would cancel each other out due to the Blinovitch Limitation Effect.
8)Alex was previously unaware that Time Lords have two hearts. Susan does not answer when he asks if she also has two hearts.
9)The Tardis holding ring contains the stored rooms of all of the Doctor's previous companions, including Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, Vicki Pallister, Steven Taylor, Dodo Chaplet, Polly Wright, Ben Jackson, Jamie McCrimmon, Victoria Waterfield & Tamsin Drew. He has also created one for Alex. However, he eventually decides to delete all but one of these.
10)Susan builds a snowman version of the First Doctor with a carrot for a nose & two brussels sprouts for his eyes.
11)The Doctor wants to watch Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas Speech from 25 December 1953 using the Time-Space Visualiser.
12)The Doctor intends to give the Tardisto Alex at some point, though only after he has travelled with him. However, Alex decides to go on a grand tour of Europe with Lucie instead.
13)In the final scene, the Doctor says, "Happy Christmas, Doctor & a happy Christmas to everyone else too, If anyone's listening", This is a reference to the First Doctor breaking the fourth wall in the final scene of "The Feast of Steven", Episode Seven of (Tv: The Daleks' Master Plan) which was first broadcast on 25 December 1965, by turning to face the camera and saying, "Incidentally, a happy Christmas to all of you at home!"
14)Lucie mentions the death of her aunt Patricia Ryder on 25 December 2009. (Audio: Death in Blackpool).
15)The Doctor refers to "windswept monasteries." (Audio: The Book of Kells).
16)Alex recalls meeting his great-grandfather, the Doctor, for the first time six months earlier. (Audio: An Earthly Child).
17)Susan mentions that the Doctor has not regenerated since they last met, which he describes as "a bit of a novelty" for her. (Tv: The Five Doctors, Audio: An Earthly Child).
18)Susan remembers being abandoned on Earth by the Doctor following the end of the Dalek occupation. (Tv: The Dalek Invasion of Earth).
19)Susan refers to the Doctor's recklessness in lying to herself & their former travelling companions Ian Chesterton & Barbara Wright about the fluid link being broken so to provide an excuse to explore in the Dalek city on Skaro. (Tv: The Daleks).

Plot Synopsis.
Christmas is a time for family, they say which is why the Eihhth Doctor has invited his grand-daughter Susan & great-grandson Alex for Christmas dinner in his time & space machine.

But who, or what, is the spectre at their yuletide feast?

Venturing deep into the dark heart of the Tardis, Susan uncovers her past, Alex is told his future & the Doctor finds himself caught in a deadly dangerous present!

Timelord Thoughts.
Relative Dimensions sees Marc Platt expand on An Earthly Child as the Doctor wants to give Lucie Miller a great Christmas to make up for the events that occurred in Death In Blackpool & so he invites his grand daughter Susan & great-grandson Alex for Christmas Dinner in the Tardis & share a nice family Christmas together, but event's take a sinister turn involving deadly alien fish invading the Tardis.

What I enjoyed about this adventure is Marc Platts heartfelt characterisation in the Doctor's relationship to his Great Grandson Alex (A superb heartfelt performance by Paul McGann), originally the TV series was always coy about whether the Doctor & Granddaughter Susan (A excellent Carol Ann Ford) were genetically related, but in this adventure It's quite clear that the Doctor expects Alex to have Gallifreyan DNA which so far have failed to manifest at only 7% as the Doctor is seemingly making plans for Alex to one day inherit the Tardis & carry on the Doctors legacy & adventures in time & space.

I was shocked that companion Lucie Miller (Sheridan Smith on feisty performance duties once again) decided to go traveling with Alex at the end of this story as she only just returned in the previous adventure (The Resurrection Of Mars) but this twist will have far greater implications of forthcoming events for Lucie, Susan & Alex in the 2 -Part finale, Lucie Miller - To The Death.

Jake McGann as Alex is more matured here than the angst ridden adolescent of An Earthly Child yet seems to delivers his lines quie flat & adds little emotion to his dialogue, no doubt this is down to acting inexperience & will develop & improve over time.

Overall, Relative Dimensions delivers a heartfelt character driven adventure superbly written by Marc Platt that is an unique tale that shines some new light on the Doctors thoughts & emotions towards his family, the alien fish attacking the Tardis seems a tagged on sub plot to create a alien menace to blend in with the character drama but overall the play delivers a cracking Christmas adventure & delivers a important message about family, sometimes we argue & fight with each other but in the end the main importance is families sticking together through the best & worse of times & on that front Relative Dimensions delivers it's message in spades.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas in the TARDIS, 29 Jan 2011
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Relative Dimensions (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Latest audio in the current batch of audio plays that feature Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor Who.

Whilst this one is relatively self contained the twists and turns of the season so far do mean that if you're following it in order you may not want to read this review till after you've heard the previous story.

But if you're happy to read on...

The Doctor owes Lucie a good christmas. And what do you do at christmas? You have the relatives round. So he's invited his granddaughter Susan and Alex his great grandson along as well. This does tie into some previous audios but you don't need to have heard those to hear this.

This isn't a two parter as usual. It's one fifty six minute long episode on a single cd.

It begins with some great character moments as the Doctor and Lucie prepare for christmas dinner and present giving, happy to get to do that without any alien invasions to contend with. When the guests arrive people bond, old issues come up, individuals consider their future, and danger awaits in the depths of the TARDIS. Because of something that Susan and the Doctor did long ago....

The danger allows for some great TARDIS scenes and a few great continuity references, and shows us bits of the ship never mentioned before. It also uses the concept of a time machine in a clever. And just like another more recent christmas special there's also a flying fish. But the timings means that's a complete coincidence.

The problems are all of course resolved, but they're not the heart of the story. It's all about character. And a few life decisions are made by the end. Resulting in a final few minutes that might bring a tear to your eye. And make you smile at the same time. And long term fans will be amused by the final lines, which are a clever homage to...well, you'll know what I mean when you hear it.

A lovely little drama and a great reminder of all that's best about the show and it's main character, this is a perfect production. There's also some great christmassy music and songs from a real choir, which all adds to the atmosphere very nicely.

The trailer for the next release in the season can be found after the end theme music.

There's fifteen minutes or so of interviews with cast and crew after that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What would you get for the Doctor for Christmas?, 8 May 2011
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The Doctor's granddaughter and great-grandson return in this story, as the Doctor fulfils a promise to Lucie to have a proper Christmas. So he invites his family to join them. While Susan is happy to share fond memories and stories of the past, Alex is inclined to think his newly found great-grandfather is a bit `barking'.

But while they're in the Tardis, things start to go bump in the night.

This story is strongest, not in the plot, which is fairly humdrum, but in the characterisations and in the `fond memories'. It works well for me in that I can remember fondly the `classic' Doctor Who with the Tardis and with Susan and the earlier companions - the Doctor keeping a holding area of all the previous companions' rooms is part of what makes the Doctor just who he is. The Doctor seems somewhat sad and melancholy in this story when he's not struggling against the events that threaten them in the Tardis - and at the end he seems to be alone, once again. Or is he?

This is recommended best for someone who knows Doctor Who from old - someone who is keen to find out where Susan and her family are at, and to be more introspective with the Doctor, rather than a man of action. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great but needs more action, 30 Jun 2013
This review is from: Relative Dimensions (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
i love this audio "doctor who at christmas" with carol ann ford as susan and the doctors great grandson alex.
it just needs a bit more action
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good One, 7 Mar 2011
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The doctor tries hard to give Lucy Miller, his grand daughter and Alex a 'normal' Christmas aboard the tardis. You just know that's not likely...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does not disappoint, 12 Jan 2011
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Tony Jones "Tony" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Relative Dimensions (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Once again the latest (and final) eighth Doctor season goes from strength to strength. Without giving away too many spoilers this follows up from both Earthly Child and Death in Blackpool in that the Doctor aims to give Lucie one decent Christmas to make up for the one when they separated. What Lucie doesn't know is that the invitation includes both his grand-daughter and great grandson!

As usual a great story that twists the season's story arc even further and we get excellent original Christmas music sung by a real choir.

Like the bulk of this season another resounding success!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Dec 2014
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Very enjoyable CD at a keen price.
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