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Warrior queen meets noble savage,
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This review is from: The Wrath of the Iceni (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor who audio play to feature Tom Baker as the Doctor and Louise Jameson as his companion Leela. This is the third in a series of them, but it pretty much stands on it's own. Thus casual listeners should be able to get into it easily without having heard the preceding ones.
It's a complete story and it runs for two episodes of roughly thirty minutes each, and these are on a single cd.
This does continue the loose ongoing theme of this run, in that the Doctor is trying to educate Leela. And on this occasion, he's brought her to ancient Britain.
Only to find that they've landed in the middle of Boudica's rebellion against the Romans.
The Doctor knows how history turns out. Leela doesn't. And when falls under the sway of Boudica, the Doctor has some difficult decisios to make...
This is one of those select breed of stories that the show did in it's early days. A pure historical. The TARDIS is the only science fictional element in it. The mandate of those old stories was to educate and entertain. And it certainly manages the former, with some excellent research being put to very good use. You may well learn a few things about this legendary period of history as a result.
It offers the listener moral food for thought as well, making you consider whether certain actions from certain characters are justified or not.
This has a small cast and the bulk of the first part has virtually no action, just people standing around talking to each other. But this is good solid drama. With the occasional excellent funny line from the Doctor to lighten the mood. Which manages to get darker when required as well. Tom Baker handles all this with aplomb.
It's also an excellent story for Leela, as her relationship with Boudica has a few twists and turns.
And the way the Doctor does resolve things is really rather clever.
All this leads to a nice final scene. And a hugely memorable final speech that should stay with you for a while.
This is a quality piece of drama and well worth a listen.
There is a trailer for the next in this series on the cd track after the end of episode two.
And roughly fifteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the tracks after that.
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Initial post: 30 Oct 2013 21:32:17 GMT
Great drama between the Doctor & Leela differing opinions & a good review by you Paul.
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