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"I am the very model of a Gallifreyan buccanneer ...",
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This review is from: Doctor Who and the Pirates (Audio CD)
This is a very unique Doctor Who story, in the formatting in which it is presented. Evelyn is relating the story of how she and the Doctor met up with some pirates to a pupil of hers, who is a less than enthusiastic audience. But it's clear to us, as we listen to the tale unfold, that there is much more to this than first appears. Why are the Doctor and Evelyn so determined to tell Sally their story?
In the first of the four episodes, there is a lot of light-heartedness in the relating of the tale; Sally pulls Evelyn up for her caricatures of the pirates, and it all seems very jolly. The second episode is much darker, as the true nature of the pirates becomes clear, and the story becomes more than just a tale being related. Strangely, the third episode largely takes the form of a musical (yes, a musical; you'll see why when you get to that part). Now, I really don't like musicals, but I absolutely loved this, and found myself singing along as I listened to the cd in the car. In the fourth episode, all the threads of the story (both the pirate story, and Evelyn and the Doctor's visit to Sally) come together. There is humour, pathos, sorrow and humanity.
I really enjoyed this; I think the relationship between the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn is really honest and brings out the best in the Doctor. The two characters go so well together that it's a joy to listen to them. Bill Oddie, who plays the Pirate Captain Red Jasper is absolutely wonderful, and Captain Swan is totally hilarious.
There's a lot to take in, in this story, and it swings through so many emotions and moods that you really need to listen to it more than once to appreciate it fully. Totally recommended; a real keeper.
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Initial post: 13 Oct 2013 20:04:04 BDT
This is one of a few i didn't enjoy as at times seems to farcical but merit to a well constructed review.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2013 23:19:50 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Thanks timelord007 - honestly I did not think I was going to enjoy it, but I surprised myself by how much I really seriously did enjoy it! I think credit for that really has to go not only to the writers, but to Colin Baker and the team who played the parts so perfectly. The sudden switches from humour to bitter sadness, the characters who are so real yet so caricatured - all really great stuff.
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