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5.0 out of 5 stars The One Doctor - Oh no he isn't!, 16 April 2012
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This is the twenty seventh release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six 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.

Over the years Doctor Who has proven to be a highly malleable concept, delivering adventures with gothic horror, hard core science fiction, abstract surrealism, history, suspense, high adventure and lots and lot of other stuff in between. It has occasionally tried humour (especially in the Tom Baker/ Douglas Adams years) which hasn't always worked out too well. So it is with a little trepidation that I approached this audio, written essentially as a Christmas pantomime.

I needn't have worried. The basic idea, script and delivery are all uniformly excellent. Six and Mel drift in to the unfashionable end of time, where they encounter someone claiming to be... The Doctor! Needless to say, chaos soon ensues as an alien invader enters the solar system and the people of Generios look to the person they think is the Doctor to save them. Six, the fake, Mel and the fake companion then set off on a classic quest story as they try to gather up the objects that will help save the Generios system.

There is much to enjoy here. Christopher Biggins is simply superb as the other Doctor. He had me in stitches. Colin Baker plays the part superbly, melding the humour with his Doctor's personality perfectly. Bonnie Langford delivers a much better Mel than the TV allowed her to do, and even makes a knowing reference to her most famous characteristic, that infamous scream. There are some great concepts in place as well, with digs at quite a few elements of our modern society (I suspect the script writers have at some time been frustrated by couriers, infuriated by Ikea and bored by the Weakest Link!) Targets are set up and shot down perfectly, while never losing sight of the plot, which has a twist in the tail that is unexpected and quite clever.

A perfect Christmas panto. One of Big Finish's more entertaining releases and definitely worth 5 stars.
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