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This review is from: Doctor Who - I.D. and Urgent Calls (Big Finish Adventures) (Audio CD)
Another audio adventure for the sixth doctor who. Although this is a little different to previous ones as it's actually two stories. One lasting three parts. Another of just one part in duration.
In the three part story, the doctor arrives on a world where a vast amount of computer and robotic technology has been dumped, creating one big landfill of the stuff. People live here, and survive by selling what they can find. Elsewhere on the planet there are researchers, who are looking into the work of a scientist who has vanished. When people start to go missing, and robots behave in odd ways, the doctor has to face a deadly threat to the people of the world.
This story is in three twenty five minute long episodes. The first one takes a while to get going and seems over familiar, and doesn't really grab. But things take a different turn in part two which is thoroughly involving. All the supporting cast really come into their own, and produce good characters with some very good performances. You will probably see the end of episode two coming, but that's not a problem as the story is so involving. You have to pay close attention to part three as there's a lot of technical explanations for what's going on. It does also cover a few interesting themes that make the listener think about them, and that's always good. So despite a slightly weak start, this goes on to become an above average story.
The one part story on the disc is urgent calls, in which the doctor is in 1970's britain, and answering a ringing telephone leads him to discover a threat to the human race. And into an interesting relationship with an ordinary woman.
An excellent two hander play, as it consists almost entirely of conversations between the doctor and the lady, and they develop a quite touching relationship. There's hints that the doctor is doing something bigger that you never quite get to find out about, although this will evidently be dealt with in future one parters on future stories. It's possibly a few minutes too long, but as a look at how the doctor affects the lives of the people he encounters, it's really very good.
All in all an above average audio and well worth listening to