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4.0 out of 5 stars Bang bang a boom - The Doctor and Mel are led on a merry song and dance
This is the thirty ninth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven and Bonnie Langford as Mel. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Murder Aboard The Intergalactic Song Contest
Doctor Who: Bang Bang A Boom.
Doctor: Seventh Doctor.
Companion: Melanie Bush.
Main enemy: Loozly.
Main setting: Dark Space 8.
Writer: Gareth Roberts & Clayton Hickman.
Director: Nicholas Pegg.
Music: Andy Hardwick
Release number: 39.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 140 minutes.

Cast.
The Doctor -...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Murder Aboard The Intergalactic Song Contest, 12 July 2014
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This review is from: Bang-bang-a-boom! (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who: Bang Bang A Boom.
Doctor: Seventh Doctor.
Companion: Melanie Bush.
Main enemy: Loozly.
Main setting: Dark Space 8.
Writer: Gareth Roberts & Clayton Hickman.
Director: Nicholas Pegg.
Music: Andy Hardwick
Release number: 39.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 140 minutes.

Cast.
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy.
Melanie Bush - Bonnie Langford.
Dr. Eleanor Harcourt - Sabina Franklyn.
Professor Ivor Fassbinder - Graeme Garden.
Lieutenant Strindberg - Vidar Magnussen.
Loozly - Nickolas Grace.
Angvia - Patricia Quinn.
Nicky Newman - Anthony Spargo.
Geri / Cyrene - Jane Goddard.
Logan - David Tughan.
News anchorman - Gareth Roberts.
Robot waiter / Tannoy voice - Barnaby Edwards.
Ice Warrior juror / Announcer - Nicholas Pegg.
The Breebles - Gareth Jenkins.
The Breebles - Andy Hardwick.
Continuity announcer - Nicholas Briggs.

Trivia.
1)The Doctor previously placed a whistle in Mel's pocket.
2)The Doctor uses the Pseudonym "John Pollard" as a reference his companion Charlotte Pollard.
3)Dark Space 8 has been online for 4,816 days.
4)Dark Space 8 has a crew of 210.
5)There have been 308 previous Intergalactic Song Contests.
6)Representing Earth in lieu of Nicky Newman, the Doctor wins the Intergalactic Song Contest by playing the spoons.
7)Ice Warriors vote in the Intergalactic Song Contest.
8)The Intergalactic Song Contest & its commentator Logan spoofs the Eurovision Song Contest & its long-serving BBC commentator Terry Wogan.
9)There is a false ending during Part 4 where the theme music starts & then cuts out as Mel points out that the supposed resolution was "too easy."
10)The title is a reworking of Lulu's winning 1969 Eurovision entry Boom-Bang-A-Bang.
11)This was the first audio production to feature the apposite Doctor Who theme- in this case, the Keff McCulloch arrangement.
12)Nickolas Grace played The Sheriff Of Nottingham in the three seasons of Robin Of Sherwood.

Plot Synopsis.
Dark Space 8 is an advanced monitoring station floating serenely among the stars, It's crew is a dedicated & highly-skilled group of professionals, calmly going about their vital work. Its mission to boldly host the Intergalactic Song Contest.

With representatives from myriad worlds competing, the eyes of the universe are on the station. But dark deeds are afoot aboard Dark Space 8... & people are starting to die.

The haughty Queen Angvia; the gaseous gestalt Gholos; disposable pop idol Nicky Newman; erratic Professor Fassbinder; and the icily-efficient Dr Eleanor Harcourt -- all are suspects. Could old political rivalries be manifesting themselves among the contestants? Or is this the work of a breakaway terrorist faction? Or has someone just got it in for singer-songwriters?

With peace in the galaxy hanging by a thread, it's vital that the mystery is solved & fast! Can Dark Space 8's unconventional new commander The Doctor, with the help of his personal pilot, Mel, find the murderer in time to prevent a major intergalactic war?

Or will it be nul points for the entire universe...?

Timelord Thoughts.
I'm usually not a fan fan of comedic Doctor Who stories as I prefer the darker gothic horror elements to the series but Gareth Roberts & Clayton Hickmans Bang Bang A Boom I have to admit I did enjoy it.

This story shouldn't work yet somehow writer's Roberts & Hickman have pulled it off, it's a mix of Star Trek: The Original Series, The X Factor & Agatha Christie sprinkled with some snappy, witty dialogue & a eccentric plot that delivers an enjoyable entertaining audio adventure.

This story suits Sylvester McCoys Seventh Doctor of season 24 before he went all dark & mysterious as here the Doctor is much more light hearted & has to solve a murder, actor Sylvester McCoy seems to enjoy putting his spoon-playing, juggling, metaphor mixing to good use & also gets seduced by an arachnid queen & competes in the Intergalactic Song Contest for Earth.

While Bonnie Langford as Mel has some great moments in this play where she tries to uncover who she thinks is the murderer but accidentally kills the arbiter & in another scene when Nicky thinks Mel is coming on to him & she rejects his advances she basically knocks him out.

With Good performances by the guest cast especially Nickolas Grace as the sinister Loozly & Graeme Garden as the erratic Professor Ivor Fassbinder these two performances both deliver excellent memorable characters.

Overall, Bang Bang A Boom is a fun light hearted Doctor Who romp written by Roberts & Hickman that has a touch of Agatha Christie's Poirot thrown in for good measure & delivers a intriguing eccentric murder mystery adventure surrounding the Intergalactic Song Contest with a plot you could only get away with doing in Doctor Who.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bang bang a boom - The Doctor and Mel are led on a merry song and dance, 4 July 2012
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This is the thirty ninth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven and Bonnie Langford as Mel. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. As with the One Doctor from a year earlier (also starring Bonnie Langford), this is aimed squarely at the Christmas Panto end of the Whoniverse.

Seven and Mel are trying to go out for a meal in Paris, but find themselves on a space shuttle alone with two dead bodies. Things get worse as they are mistaken for the new commander of the space station where the intergalactic song contest is taking place. The Doctor decides to stick around and investigate, and pretty soon is up to his neck in suspects, dead bodies and singers.

It's a deliberately humorous story that mostly hits the mark. The overly Wagnerian Queen Angvia got on my nerves a bit, but everything else was on target. With digs at various Space operas, the Eurovision song contest and Agatha Christie it has plenty of material to take potshots at as Mel and the Doctor work their way through an intriguing little mystery that both works as an interesting puzzle and as a decent entertainment. McCoy is in fine form as a lighter Seven, full of energy, with Mel a perfect foil for his erratic nature. Here, for once, the Doctor playing spoons is not out of place.

An excellent little Christmas panto, let down by one annoying performance (Angvia) which does rather spoil it for me. So only 4 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars doctor who meets eurovision, 19 July 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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another audio adventure for doctor who, this one featuring the seventh doctor as played by sylvester mccoy, and bonnie langford as his companion melanie.

Word of advice: if you were put off these two by their tv stories in these roles, then give them another chance. as with the audio the fires of vulcan, they show here how good they can be with quality material, which they never really got on tv.

the story runs for four episodes, each a little longer than the usual twenty five minutes, and is spread over two discs.

it involves the tardis crew arriving at a space station which is about to host the intergalactic song contest, only to find a fragile peace between races and a murderer having struck. if the doctor cant solve the murder and save the contest, the galaxy will erupt into war.

a deliberate parody of the eurovision song contest, this is also a very funny comedy and all involved play their roles to perfection, one character doing a superb parody of barbara bains performance in space 1999.

a hugely enjoyable and very entertaining audio and well worth a listen. and another word of advice: there will be occasions during disc two when you think the story has finished. don't hit the off switch! let the cd turn itself off. you'll thank me for this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Kitsch, 12 Jan. 2007
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Hector Lerbioz (London) - See all my reviews
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BANG-BANG-A-BOOM! is a play that never seems to be very highly rated amongst the Big Finish audio range. Not, I assume, because it is firstly and foremostly DR WHO done as comedy - THE ONE DOCTOR written by the same authors (Roberts and Hickman) often seems to pop up on most people's list of favourites. More likely, I suspect, because it celebrates the kitsch silliness it also sends up, and this may not please everyone's comic palate. What tickles one person may bore another stone dead.

Personally, I hate Eurovision, but love (for example) the gleeful mickey taking of Terry Wogan's commentary. The send-ups of STAR TREK and SPACE:1999 also work for my money, partly because the excellent music and sound effects only subtly suggest the influences of these series. Partly also because whilst the characters echo protagonists of TREK etc, they are also people in their own right. They are given backgrounds, histories and motivations, which if not completely developed,are rounded enough to keep the narrative alive. Rest assured, there is a traditional DR WHO plot involving murder, intergalactic politics and alien representatives from rather strange cultures. This though, is just an excuse for some rather excellent satire and jokes.

The actors, who all play with commitment and energy, particularly Graeme Garden, Nickolas Grace and Patricia Quinn, are superb. Moreover, because he's surrounded by rather a strange,larger than life cast,Sylvester McCoy's comedic portrayal of the Doctor seems a little more grounded and reassuring than usual - even if he does still play the spoons as well as having a passionate love scene (this for me, is one of the funniest ever scenes in DR WHO). Bonnie Langford continues to prove what a good actress she can be when given the right material - she plays "straight man" to virtually everyone else in the cast with considerable skill.

Although perhaps not for every afficionado of WHO, BANG-BANG-A-BOOM! is lively, amusing and memorable enough to deserve more than the one listening. A personal favourite.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boom boom shake shake the...TARDIS?, 14 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Bang-bang-a-boom! (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
My initial impressions on listening to this, the thirty-ninth Big Finish full-cast Doctor Who audio drama, were that it was a poor joke. The comedic tone seemed to jar, whilst the dialogue-heavy script appeared to be a mistake. However, after a while it began to grow on me; despite the appalling Wogan pastiche 'Logan' and Jane Goddard's irritating space-rodent; what makes this release good is the supporting cast. Bonnie Langford's inquisitive and bouncy Mel makes a far better audio character than she did on television, Nickolas Grace (better known as the villainous bug-eyed sheriff in the 1980's Robin Hood series) is appropriately menacing as the translator for a crackling alien and Graeme Garden, although little used, displays his usual deadpan wit and charm. The only weakness here is Patricia Quinn's atrociously accented Queen Angvia who falls in love with The Doctor and hams it up like you wouldn't believe. The 'DUM-DUM-DUM' musical motifs that appear after every murder are excruciatingly corny, but that aside the overall feel is a warm one, somewhat reminiscent of one of Colin Baker's better TV stories. Sylvester McCoy rolls his 'rrrrs' for all he is worth, but after several audio stories, he has settled nicely back into the roll he was never really given the time to develop.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Intergalactic Song Contest!, 25 Oct. 2006
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"Dark Space 8 - an advanced monitoring station floating serenely among the stars. Its crew - a dedicated and highly-skilled group of professionals, calmly going about their vital work. Its mission - to boldly host the Intergalactic Song Contest.

"With representatives from myriad worlds competing, the eyes of the universe are on the station. But dark dees are afoot aboard Dark Space 8... and people are starting to die.

"The haughty Queen Angvia; the gaseous gestalt Gholos; disposable pop idol Nicky Newman; erratic Professor Fassbinder; and the icily-efficient Doctor Eleanor Harcourt - all are suspects. Could old political rivalries be manifesting themselves among the contestants? Is this the work of a breakaway terrorist faction? Or has someone just got it in for singer-songwriters?

"With peace in the galaxy hanging by a thread, it's vital that the mystery is solved - and fast! Can Dark Space 8's unconventional new commander, with the help of his personal pilot, Mel, find the murderer in time to prevent a major intergalactic war?

Or will it be 'nul points' for the entire universe...?"

With "Bang-Bang-A-Boom", Big Finish Productions revive the "Christmas romp" tradition set by the previous year's "The One Doctor". Commissioning writers Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman once again, and once again featuring Bonnie Langford's Mel as the companion, the scene is set for much silliness.

And silliness we get! Laced with obvious jokes, blatant recurring motifs and convoluted murders, the play provides an aptly characterised early Seventh Doctor with many opportunities to to mix metaphors and roll his 'R's throughout the various bizarre scenarios. To the extent that the previous year's entry "The One Doctor" had subtlety, "Bang-Bang-A-Boom" rather foregoes it in favour of a more conventional "comedy" approach. However, the satire of Eurovision, in all of its thinly veiled glory, is entertaining. Commentator Logan (David Tughan) is particularly entertaining; pity he gets a knife in the back at an early stage.

A rogue's gallery of special guest stars includes Graeme Garden, Patricia Quinn, Nockolas Grace and Sabina Franklyn. Against this extensive competition, however, Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford ensure that they do not get sidelined, and recapture their characters (including the new, improved Big Finish Mel) with ease.

"Bang-Bang-A-Boom" is not universally loved, on account of its superficial humour and overblown performances, but I found it to be a highly entertaining romp, even if "The Caves of Androzani" it ain't. "Bang-Bang-A-Boom" is also the first of Big Finish's past Doctor range to use the version of the theme tune appropriate to the era of the story: in this case, the Keff McCulloch version from the late 1980s.
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