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Doctor Who and the Pirates - Doctor Who the Musical!,
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Yet another excellent audio drama from Big Finish, starring Colin Baker as the sixth Doctor, with Maggie Stables as his made for audio companion Evelyn Smythe, professor of History at a University. The relationship between these two characters (and actors) is excellent, the unusually old companion is a great foil for Six's exuberance and arrogance.
The Big Finish dramas are at their best when playing around with the format and trying something new. And that is what we have here. Essentially this episode is Doctor Who the Musical. The Doctor and Evelyn are relating a tale to one of Evelyn's students, weaving a story of adventure on the high seas (the plot of which will sound familiar to fans of treasure island!) and telling in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan in appropriate places. The pastiche works well to my ears and makes for an entertaining couple of hours listening. Especially the slightly dark ending, where the pair's motives for telling the story become clear, and the relationship between the Doctor and Evelyn is explored a little bit further.
Once again Colin Baker does an outstanding job as the Doctor, leavening the harsh, arrogant style of his TV episodes with a compassion and humour that gives the character much more depth. The great Bill Oddie does a turn as the Pirate Captain Red Jasper, hamming it up to the rafters yet striking just the right note and providing entertainment and menace in equal measure.
All in all an excellent adventure. It can be listened to in isolation, but it might help to hear some of the earlier Baker/Evelyn audios to understand some of the back story. A bit different from what you normally get, but a welcome experiment, and one I hope the Big Finish team repeat with other Doctors sometime.