Doctor Who: Paradise Towers Audio CD – Audiobook, 5 Apr 2012
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Mel is never going to come high on favourite companion lists but in recent years I've really warmed to this gungho, mega enthusiastic companion. After seasons of companions who didn't seem to like the Doctor and certainly didn't enjoy travelling in the TARDIS, it was nice to go the opposite way with someone who maybe too enthusiastically lapped up the adventures (even if they did involve a lot of screaming). Poor Bonnie came with a lot of baggage and the production team did her no favours in conforming to her reputations. All the stuff about fitness fanatic and computer programmer was long gone come Paradise Towers so Mel's motivations on TV were rather naive and innocent. The book does go some way to adding something by saying that after everything they'd recently been through she just wanted to relax in a pool, it sort of doesn't matter how grand the pool is, just somewhere pleasant.
I didn't know what to expect with her reading of the novelisation. Intentional or not, she is very funny. I don't know whether she had seen the TV version in preparation or just had a good memory but some of her character impersonations are spot on.Read more ›
Yes, you read that correctly; `impresses'. Delightfully so.
Certainly, like me, you may have been sanitised by the performance of Langford as Melanie Bush (Mel) from the McCoy era, driven to distraction by the over ebullient characterisation of the Earth-based computer programmer with a penchant for exercise and vegetable drinks. Naturally, whilst Langford cannot be singled out to carry the complete blame, it seems that a lack of due diligence on the part of Producer and Directors had created a monster that was, and forgive me if you actually liked the character, universally loathed.
However, you will be overwhelmingly surprised for this new audio presentation from AUDIOGO offers Langford to shine as the consummate professional actress that, perhaps, we all knew was lying beneath the stereotypical lines of "What is it, Doctor?" unceremoniously given to a companion within the series.
Skilful and deft that will garner a new legion of fans.
Like a swallow dipping and weaving through warm mid-summer skies as it executes swift justice to hapless and unaware insects with effortless nonchalant, Bonnie Langford captures the dystopian, disjointed world of Paradise Towers whilst handling a myriad of `inhabitants' with equal casualness.
Drawing upon her considerable acting skills, Langford accurately delineates each character without parody or patronisation, and here lies the success of the audio novelisation. Clarity of character as written by Wyatt.Read more ›
This story is the second in Season 24, being the second story also of the Seventh Doctor, as played on tv by Sylvester McCoy. The first few stories in Season 24 were a bit of an odd lot, and I think it took a while for the writers, and for McCoy to get the feel of the Doctor as he now was after his regeneration; how to write for him, and how to play him.
This story is also hampered by being a very odd premise; the Doctor and Mel decide it’s time for some rest and relaxation and head to Paradise Towers, a development which promises luxury, swimming pools, and pampering. What they find on arrival is anything but. Paradise Towers is in ruins, the area is overrun with gangs of girls divided into different Kangs, Caretakers are disappearing and the Chief Caretaker is well out of his depth, and the inhabitants of Paradise Towers seem to be making their own arrangements as to the best way to live. When the Doctor and Mel get separated shortly after they arrive, they must both fight not only to be reunited, but also to survive in this strange, odd yet oddly familiar environment.
This is an okay story; it didn’t play out terribly well on tv, but I think it works better as a novel, as we get to understand the rationale behind the Kangs, the Caretakers, the whole setup of the residents etc. The Doctor and Mel are well written in the story, but it remains a bit of an oddball.