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The Three Eighth Doctors,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Caerdroia (Audio CD)
Since his exile to another universe at the end of Zagreus, the 8th Doctor's audio adventures have fallen into a boring formula during his extended quest to be reunited with the TARDIS, with every story bookended by taunts from the mysterious Kro'ka as the Doctor passes through the Interzone dividing the wildly differing regions of the planet he is stranded on. Thankfully the Doctor finally fights back in Caerdroia, and by the stories end has defeated the Kro'ka and won back his TARDIS, yet despite being so dependent on continuity that this story would be pointless for casual listeners to try, it frustratingly ends up telling us very little about the Kro'ka and the Divergents either.
The bulk of Caerdroia consists of a battle of wills between the Doctor and the Kro'ka in the sort of fantasy dreamscape that has been used dozens of times before in Doctor Who (most recently The Axis of Insanity), with the characters running around in circles as they encounter various threats. Curiously these threats are all very visual in nature, so rather than playing to audios strengths Lloyd Rose ends up highlighting it's weaknesses, and gags about being chased by monsters that no-one can be bothered to describe for the listener just do not work.
The one real highlight of this otherwise pedestrian release is Paul McGann, as thanks to his Doctor being split into three he gives three entirely separate performances, as joining the 'normal' 8th Doctor we also have a hopelessly optimistic 'Tigger' version and a more moody alien version. As with the Three Doctors they bicker constantly, which is great fun.
Caerdroia is a very lightweight romp, and quite fun in a mindless way - but as part of the ongoing adventures of the 8th Doctor in the Divergent Universe this is a major disappointment.