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top of the pops,
This review is from: Horror of Glam Rock (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Third in a new series of audio stories for paul mcgann's doctor who. These follow the model of the current tv series in being complete stories in fifty minutes, with the occasional two parter. The doctor's companion is lucie miller, a girl from blackpool who has been put with him by the time lords for protection as she saw something she wasn't supposed to. The two don't entirely get on.
In this story they arrive at a motorway service station one night in 1974 to find the place under attack by strange monsters. Many doctor who stories have involved humans trapped in a remote location under attack by monsters, so this follows that pattern. It's a very conventional story in that respect - a surprise as it comes from a writer who has previously done very inventive and unconventional stuff - but there are lots of incidental delights along the way.
Paul Mcgann and Sheridan Smith who play the doctor and lucie have a wonderful chemistry together. Some of the people in the service station are pop stars on their way to appear on top of the pops. And some are former pop stars whose careers didn't work out. The story thus reminds us that for everyone who makes it in the music industry there are plenty who don't. This is emphasised even further in a superb scene where lucie discovers that a little foreknowledge can be a dangerous thing.
A fast moving doctor who story complete in fifty minutes - well, almost, as there's an ongoing plot that runs throughout these in regards to precisely what lucie saw, and the final scene deals with that - which is fast moving and involving, and all the better for being relatively conventional. Well worth listening to, especially for the closing music which is a glam rock remix of the doctor who theme and really quite superb