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The Jupiter Conjunction - It’s not even a proper court, it’s a shopping precinct!,
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This review is from: The Jupiter Conjunction (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and sixtieth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five, with Mark Strickson as Turlough, Sarah Sutton as the older Nyssa and Janet Fielding as Tegan. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc and a few minutes of the soundtrack at the end of disc 1.
The Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa arrive on comet 8/Q Panenka, which is quickly revealed to be a sort of second class postal service between Earth and Jupiter, with a small but thriving community on it’s surface. It soon transpires that the community is not as thriving as it first seemed, something is very wrong and the community are ready to blame the most likely suspects – the most likely suspects being a bunch of mysterious strangers who have just appeared in their midst... But there is something much deeper going on, and the Doctor is soon locked into a struggle to save more than just the people on the comet.
Big Finish have done well over the years playing around with the somewhat elastic nature of Dr Who to give us a wide range of stories. But every now and then they go back to basics, and deliver a solid tale that works brilliantly despite being made up of all the usual Who clichés. And this is one of those stories. Building on the excellent work of Emeral Tiger, continuing to use the three companions to good effect and making Tegan a useful character rather than an annoyance, there is nothing really new in this adventure, but it is a good story well told and hits all the right classic Who buttons to become a pretty exciting adventure. Actually, I am not being totally fair, it’s not all clichéd, there are some plot twists as to the actual who and why that lift this story above the average. It’s fun, energetic, the companions are used to good effect (especially Turlough, who has some very good moments here) and is a good solid Who story. 4 stars.