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Twittering, Doctor Who style!,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Babblesphere (Destiny of the Doctor 4) (Audio CD)
Starting with Lalla Ward's mellifluous voice intoning what appears to be a tortured stream of tweets, before the relevant character's brain overheats, this story starts as oddly as it means to go on.
We return to English the moment the TARDIS dumps the Doctor and Romana into the story, but not just any English, this batch manages to capture the wit, brevity and banter of later Fourth Doctor stories, retaining much of the humour that made the series so popular at the time. Even the relationship between the mercurial Fourth Doctor and Romana's constant upstaging has remained intact.
The story itself also mirrors the period's more serious side, taking scientific and sociological elements to their logical extreme, mixing Douglas Adams' perverse logic with just enough of Chrispher H Bidemead's science to make the concept as intelligent as it is engaging. Even the series' 'Arc' intrudes in a far more effective and positive way than the previous two stories, actually being aped by both the Doctor and Romana in a typical fourth-wall shattering way.
Lalla Ward guides us through the narrative with her usual elegance, leaving Roger Parrott little to do but fill in the occasional gaps. The writing and performance are so fluid, that you don't realise how much time has passed until you suddenly find yourself at the end, where a rather silly joke provides a finishing touch to an excellent production.
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Initial post: 31 Jul 2014 23:59:34 BDT
Jonathan Morris is a great Doctor Who writer & excels himself here with this standout Destiny Of The Doctor story.
Enjoyed your brilliant review on this story.
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