Bang-bang-a-boom! (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Dec 2002
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Seven and Mel are trying to go out for a meal in Paris, but find themselves on a space shuttle alone with two dead bodies. Things get worse as they are mistaken for the new commander of the space station where the intergalactic song contest is taking place. The Doctor decides to stick around and investigate, and pretty soon is up to his neck in suspects, dead bodies and singers.
It's a deliberately humorous story that mostly hits the mark. The overly Wagnerian Queen Angvia got on my nerves a bit, but everything else was on target. With digs at various Space operas, the Eurovision song contest and Agatha Christie it has plenty of material to take potshots at as Mel and the Doctor work their way through an intriguing little mystery that both works as an interesting puzzle and as a decent entertainment. McCoy is in fine form as a lighter Seven, full of energy, with Mel a perfect foil for his erratic nature. Here, for once, the Doctor playing spoons is not out of place.
An excellent little Christmas panto, let down by one annoying performance (Angvia) which does rather spoil it for me. So only 4 stars.
Dark Space 8 is a space station that will host the 309th Intergalactic Song Contest until they suffer a spate of murders. The seventh Doctor and Mel land just in time to get caught up in events.
The music is largely minimalist with a Theremin in the back ground giving a nice spooky but playful vibe, but there was an annoying habit of having an organ play the same three chords very loudly to emphasise certain moments. The effects are good and functional. Russell Stone's score to the story, alongside the scores to ‘Dust Breeding’ and ‘The Rapture’, was released on the CD Music from ‘the Seventh Doctor Audio Adventures’.
Bonnie and Sylvester are as god here as you will find them anywhere else, but for some reason Sylvester’s Doctor is mixing up proverbs and playing spoons again. Those quirks got dropped after his first series so why are they back here? The rest of the cast are all over the top with silly voices but that fits in with the tone of the production which is an out and out attempt at comedy. Whereas ‘the One Doctor’ merely had humorous elements this was much more of an attempt at comedy.
Comedies are usually plot light because they rely on humour but humour is polarising and this isn't funny, but it is 2 and a half hours long. Luckily comedy episodes of usually serious programs exist in a kind of continuity bubble where they have no real impact on anything so luckily you can just ignore this audio drama and not miss anything.
Word of advice: if you were put off these two by their tv stories in these roles, then give them another chance. as with the audio the fires of vulcan, they show here how good they can be with quality material, which they never really got on tv.
the story runs for four episodes, each a little longer than the usual twenty five minutes, and is spread over two discs.
it involves the tardis crew arriving at a space station which is about to host the intergalactic song contest, only to find a fragile peace between races and a murderer having struck. if the doctor cant solve the murder and save the contest, the galaxy will erupt into war.
a deliberate parody of the eurovision song contest, this is also a very funny comedy and all involved play their roles to perfection, one character doing a superb parody of barbara bains performance in space 1999.
a hugely enjoyable and very entertaining audio and well worth a listen. and another word of advice: there will be occasions during disc two when you think the story has finished. don't hit the off switch! let the cd turn itself off. you'll thank me for this
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My initial impressions on listening to this, the thirty-ninth Big Finish full-cast Doctor Who audio drama, were that it was a poor joke. Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2007 by Captain Pugwash
BANG-BANG-A-BOOM! is a play that never seems to be very highly rated amongst the Big Finish audio range. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2007 by Wumplebuzzard