- Audio CD
- Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (29 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844356051
- ISBN-13: 978-1844356058
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1 x 12.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 633,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Fourth Wall (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 29 Feb 2012
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Big Finish are at their best when being brave, experimental and trying something new. And here they are at their best... This is an exuberant story that blurs the boundaries of reality and fiction to give a story that is a total mind scramble yet absolute fun at the same time. Flip is transported into a strange world where dramatic moments are accompanied by music, and everyone seems a two dimensional character. The Doctor has to invade a media screening for a new TV show in order to try and rescue her, but before long the universe is being threatened by an evil genius of unimaginable proportions. The Doctor has to cross the boundaries of reality in order to save the day, as well as saving everyone from the side-threat of the Porcians, possibly the best alien race to be introduced to the Whoniverse thus far. Even deadlier than the Daleks...
This is a whole lot of fun, as everyone gets to run around lots and spout lots and lots of great lines. Funnily, there is some great character development for some of the characters, but not the ‘real’ people.Read more ›
This is the second in a trilogy of stories featuring the pair. But it does stand totally on it's own, so those who haven't heard the preceding story The Curse of Davros (Doctor Who) should be able to hear this one without any problem.
It runs for four episodes, spread over two cd's. Each episode is a little over thirty minutes in length [approx].
The story involves an intergalactic media mogul whose business is going through a very bad patch. His latest venture is a new science fiction adventure series called Laser. A show about an intergalactic adventurer which is extremely cliche ridden. But which is made with new technology, that promises a viewing experience the like of which you would never have had before.
Naturally, things go wrong, and the Doctor is caught up in what happens next. Which leaves Flip battling to survive in a hostile and strangely familiar barren wilderness....
This one has both comedy and drama, and switches between both very neatly at the drop of a hat. The comedy can be very funny indeed at points, and the drama pretty memorable.
It might even have worked on tv in the mid 80's, the Sixth Doctor's time, because it could have made a virtue out of cheap visuals.
It also brings in some very interesting concepts about the nature of existence and reality, all of which do give food for thought and also allow for excellent drama.Read more ›
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"Business is bad for intergalactic media mogul Augustus Scullop, whose Trans-Gal empire is on the rocks. But, having retreated to his own private planet, Transmission, Scullop is about to gamble his fortune on a new show, made with an entirely new technology. And the name of that show... is Laser.
Back in the real world, far from the realms of small screen sci-fi fantasies about monsters and aliens, the Doctor is interested only in watching Test Match cricket... but finds himself drawn into Scullop's world when his new travelling companion, Flip, is snatched from inside the TARDIS.
So, while the Doctor uncovers the terrible secret of Trans-Gal's new tech, Flip battles to survive in a barren wilderness ruled over by the indestructible Lord Krarn and his pig-like servants, the Warmongers. And the name of that wilderness... is `Stevenage'."
Starring: Colin Baker (The Doctor), Lisa Greenwood (Flip Jackson), Julian Wadham (Augustus Scullop), Yasmin Bannerman (Dr Helen Shepherd), Hywel Morgan (Nick Kenton/Jack Laser), Martin Hutson (Matthew Howland/Lord Krarn), Tilly Gaunt (Olivia Sayle/Jancey), Kim Wall (Chimbly/Head Warmonger), Henry Devas (Junior/Warmonger)
There's a website I love visiting on a regular basis. It's called tvtropes and it's full of all sorts of interesting things, many of which apply to this audio. We have Show Within a Show, Bond One-Liner, Card-Carrying Villain, Dangerously Genre Savvy, Contractual Immortality, Fourth Wall Observer, Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy, Large Ham, and probably at least a dozen more I didn't spot. Yes, ladies and gentleman, what we have here is a trope-fest, and one that spoofs Doctor Who just as much as it does everything else.
This was an excellent audio; truly one of the best I've heard so far. It helps that I'm fairly well versed in these various tropes, so that I was able to laugh at them, but I think even people who, you know, have lives, might enjoy this one. It really is very entertaining.
I must give my usual kudos to Colin Baker for proving yet again that he wasn't the reason he got fired from the series back in the day. I must also give extra-special recognition to writer John Dorney for managing to pull-off such a feat as this and pull it off so very well. I also loved the return of the time-space visualizer from "The Chase".
In fact, the only complaint that I have centers around Flip. Part way through episode one, she leaves the story. This is very odd to me. If you're trying to establish a new, long-term companion for the Doctor, you don't do so by having them wander off in the middle of their second proper story. Had this been done a few stories down the line, I think it might have worked better. AS it stands, I'm left with a feeling that it was an opportunity wasted for her character.
That complaint aside this was a winning story and one that I very highly recommend!
This story is incredibly funny as it mercilessly pokes fun at Sci Fi show tropes while making a serious point about writing as a whole. The dramatic bits involving flips apparent death are really helped by a strong performance by Colin Baker, as old Sixie shows real concern for his still new companion. Also, there's a very nice Easter egg for fans of the classic show as the Time-Space visualizer from "The Chase" makes an appearance and Flip asks the sort of questions I wondered about it.
Overall, another strong outing for the Sixth Doctor and Flip.