Doctor Who: Babblesphere (Destiny of the Doctor 4) Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 Apr 2013
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Since this has no tie in to any of the preceding ones, and since the linking storyline doesn't effect the main one in this release, it is something that casual listeners can get into quite easily without having heard any of the others in the range.
It runs for seventy minutes [approx] and is basically one long episode, complete on a single cd. The only breaks are the usual cd chapter ones.
The inlay gives minimal information about the era of the show in which this story is based, plus copyright details and advertises other bbc product.
this story is read by Lalla Ward, who played the second Romana opposite Tom Baker's Doctor in the last two years of his tenure on the show. She reads the narration in the third person, and does all the character voices, save for one which is read by a guest actor.
K9 doesn't feature in this. But his absence is explained. In a believable way.
In Babblesphere, the Doctor and Romana find themselves on a planet where civilisation is in decay. As the inhabitants spend all their time connected to a computer network that allows them to share their thoughts and feelings with everyone else. Not being part of the network is a crime. But someone has just died in mysterious circumstances. There is danger in the network....
This does have the feel of a story of the time, and you can easily visualise it in your mind's eye in the style of such. Even the music and the sound design do have the feel of the era. Said era did attract criticism for getting silly at times, but this never goes that far. It does bring in some eccentric characters but they're never over the top. There are some fun moments of Doctor and Romana banter that do show how well this writes the two characters.
It's a very good listen for the first third as it sets everything up, and Lalla Ward is a very good narrator. It does threaten to lose it's way slightly in the middle third as the story meanders a little. But it pulls itself together well in the final third for a good finale that is also well in keeping with the style of the times.
There's some obvious social satire here also, but that never gets the least bit annoying.
Regular listeners to this range will know how the linking theme works by now. Which does run the danger of getting repetitive. But this does do it slightly different. And it's fun also.
Not the best of the range, but a fun listen and worth getting.
These stories operate a bit like the Companion Chronicles done by Big Finish, where one character narrates almost all the parts, and tells the story, with usually one other actor playing another main part. In this case, the character of Aurelius is played by Roger Parrott. Each story has an element popped in somewhere during the run of the story which is contributing to an overall story arc which will (hopefully!) be revealed in all its glory in the eleventh, and final story.
In this story the Fourth Doctor and Romana land in the Tardis. They are confronted almost immediately by a dead body. We, the audience have already heard the last moments of this poor departed soul in the prelude to the story, but we are as much in the dark about what may have happened to him, and why as the Doctor and Romana initially are. Confronted by robot serving mechanisms, the Doctor and Romana are taken into the city, where faded grandeur surrounds mumbling people milling about. What could possibly have happened to this civilisation? And can the Doctor and Romana save themselves?
This was a good story; well characterised with the parts of the Doctor and Romana, and well narrated and played by Lalla Ward as Romana. The story did not feature, for much of its length, anything of the Doctor who had been separated from Romana, but Romana had plenty to do to keep herself occupied in the meantime. There was a very true feeling of the Fourth Doctor era of the late 1970s in this story, and I enjoyed the digs that the story made in its references to social media and its addictive qualities. I’m enjoying these stories, and look forward to the Fifth Doctor story, Smoke and Mirrors.
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Lalla Ward is superb as Romana and the rest of the cast are good too.
A great story!!!!
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