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This review is from: Bang-bang-a-boom! (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
BANG-BANG-A-BOOM! is a play that never seems to be very highly rated amongst the Big Finish audio range. Not, I assume, because it is firstly and foremostly DR WHO done as comedy - THE ONE DOCTOR written by the same authors (Roberts and Hickman) often seems to pop up on most people's list of favourites. More likely, I suspect, because it celebrates the kitsch silliness it also sends up, and this may not please everyone's comic palate. What tickles one person may bore another stone dead.
Personally, I hate Eurovision, but love (for example) the gleeful mickey taking of Terry Wogan's commentary. The send-ups of STAR TREK and SPACE:1999 also work for my money, partly because the excellent music and sound effects only subtly suggest the influences of these series. Partly also because whilst the characters echo protagonists of TREK etc, they are also people in their own right. They are given backgrounds, histories and motivations, which if not completely developed,are rounded enough to keep the narrative alive. Rest assured, there is a traditional DR WHO plot involving murder, intergalactic politics and alien representatives from rather strange cultures. This though, is just an excuse for some rather excellent satire and jokes.
The actors, who all play with commitment and energy, particularly Graeme Garden, Nickolas Grace and Patricia Quinn, are superb. Moreover, because he's surrounded by rather a strange,larger than life cast,Sylvester McCoy's comedic portrayal of the Doctor seems a little more grounded and reassuring than usual - even if he does still play the spoons as well as having a passionate love scene (this for me, is one of the funniest ever scenes in DR WHO). Bonnie Langford continues to prove what a good actress she can be when given the right material - she plays "straight man" to virtually everyone else in the cast with considerable skill.
Although perhaps not for every afficionado of WHO, BANG-BANG-A-BOOM! is lively, amusing and memorable enough to deserve more than the one listening. A personal favourite.