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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, Dull, Dull Audio Adventure, 25 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Three's a Crowd (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who : Threes A Crowd.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Peri Brown, Erimem.
Main enemy: Khellian, Makra'Thon.
Main setting: Earth colony Phoenix and the space station Medusa, 2885.
Writer: Colin Brake.
Director: Gary Russell.
Release number: 69.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 110 minutes.

Cast.
The Doctor - Peter Davison.
Peri Brown - Nicola Bryant.
Erimem - Caroline Morris.
Auntie - Deborah Watling.
General Makra'Thon - Richard Gauntlett.
Butler - Charles Pemberton.
Bellip - Lucy Beresford.
Vidler - Richard Unwin.
Laroq - Daniel Hogarth.
Khellian Queen - Sara Carver.

Trivia.
1) TARDIS' pool is still frozen over. (Audio: The Roof of the World).
2)Since The Axis of Insanity, Erimem has received a Tardis key and begun to wear it around her neck as it was a central plot point of Axis that she did not then have a Tardis key.
3)Peri refers to her mother. (Audio: The Reaping).
4)Deborah Watling played companion Victoria Waterfield with Second Doctor & Jamie (Classic tv series).

Plot Synopsis.
The TARDIS crew arrive on an abandoned space station in orbit above Earth Colony Phoenix, a remote human colony whose inhabitants are not only cut off from Earth, but also from each other.

As each colonist lives in their own individual cell, travelling between them only via transmat, creating a population afflicted with agoraphobia.

Yet the colony hides a deeper secret, one which the Fifth Doctor, Peri and Erimem must uncover before it's too late.

Timelord Thoughts.
This story by writer Colin Drake starts slowly focusing on issues left unresolved from the previous story which felt like a soap opera than a Doctor Who episode that becomes slower & slower paced as it goes on, while the Fifth Doctor is written poorly & unmemorable in this audio adventure doing very little as he wanders around a space station for episodes 2-4 not connecting with the plot in anyway before solving the mystery as a afterthought & leaving.

This audio adventure is a slow paced affair of dullness as It features a colourless space station character's who are either quite irritating written & deliver dull dialogue & a boring narrative which is redeemed slightly by Deborah Watling guest starring as Auntie (No not the BBC) a dark manipulative at least intriguing character saves this from 1 star oblivion..

Writer Colin Brake struggles to structure together story & his scripting is so plain dull which is a pity as it deals with themes of mental illness & OCD both of which I'm a sufferer of, if only a more experienced Doctor Who writer had taken to writing this adventure it could've been something quite special.

We've seen Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant & Caroline Morris produce great solid adventures together The Church and the Crow, The Axis Of Insanity & The Kingmaker but this story makes me wonder if this trio may have overstayed there welcome in the Tardis.

Timelord Rating.
4/10
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Initial post: 25 Jun 2014 22:57:49 BDT
rbmusicman says:
Obviously not one of your favourites, though the story idea looks
pretty sound, seems it fell short of it's potential.
Good honest 'Dr Who' audio story review .,'Doc'

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2014 01:36:19 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
Yes it had great ideas that never came into fruition sadly.
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