..Ish (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Aug 2002
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Audio CD, Audiobook, 1 Aug 2002
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Six and Peri go off to an intergalactic lexicography conference to see an old friend of the Doctor's. A harmless enough place you'd have thought, but there is, as usual, danger stalking the corridors, and it isn't long before the Doctor is knee deep in suspicious deaths, suspicious suspects and the possible end of the universe.
It's a fun little four parter in which the writer gets to have fun with language, and Colin Baker has a lot of fun as Six showing off his knowledge of recondite words. He really is on form, showing Six in all his glory as the know it all show off. It's a charismatic performance, a pity he was never allowed to be this good in the TV series. Nicola Bryant is similarly in form as Peri, with a perfect hint of exasperation at the Doctor's antics. As I said, a really fun little adventure with a good natured charm. I loved it, 5 stars.
The story has the Doctor and Peri arriving at a conference of lexicographers; the Doctor plans to meet up with an old friend, Professor Osefa de Palabra Hftzbrn. She has been busy working on the ultimate lexicon; but when the Doctor finds her, it seems to have been all too much for her to bear. Is her hologlyphic assistant, Book, to blame? Or is Book also the victim of circumstances, and his own programming?
While the Doctor, with Symposiarch Cawdrey try to find out what happened to Osefa, Peri meets an interesting chap Warren, who seems to have his own reasons for wanting to liberate Book.
I found this story clever, but not because of its plot; rather, in spite of the plot, which sometimes seemed in danger of disappearing around its own wordy bends and never finding its way back out again. The cleverness of the story is in the delivery by Colin Baker, who, as the Sixth Doctor determined to find what’s going on, plays the wordsmith to the hilt along the way. While the script is clever, it is in Baker’s delivery that the words really come to life; and I’m sure that’s the way it ought to be.
I did think that Peri’s character was not well used, nor particularly well written in this story, which was a shame, as she can be a very strong character, and in a story like this where she is often operating independently of the Doctor, could have been well used.Read more ›
I really wanted to like this story because it really made me think about the role of language in our society, with the notion of language existing THROUGH us being a fascinating one. The reason I didnt enjoy it was because the story just seemed smug and self-satisfied, as if it KNEW it was being clever. In places it was generally fun, for example the doctor stealing a joke from Blackadder the third (another great BBC series) but it was generally Po faced, and too arrogant in places to explain exactly what was going on. Ive now listened to it twice and follow it up until about the beginning of part 3, where the delegates at the symposium lose the power of speech except the word ish... Then it all becomes a bit of a blur!
Its not a total wash out though - I want to listen to it again, if only to decipher the latter half, and its ideas are exceptionally good - with the 'baddy' if you like being the longest word in existance (the omniverbum) which must, by defination, have no meaning, and so driving anyone that comes into contact with it insane - just try letting Star Trek put that in an enterprise episode! If nothing else, Ish... proves the Dr Who format still has the capacity to make us think and not just feed as a drip of cliches. Worth a listen.
The doctor is well acted (or should that be voiced). Colin Baker and Peri sound just like they did on t.v. The verbal sparring continues and is emphasised by the whole concept. If you have a dictionary to hand, you'll learn some new and lengthy words, but you better pause this while looking them up because this play demands full attention to be understood and appreciated!
Another reason I'm fond of this play is because I found parts of it were genuinely amusing and even made me laugh aloud (embarrassing when listening through headphones but that's another story!) No other doctor who play has really had this effect on me.
If you have any interest in words and language or just want to experience Colin Baker finally realizing his potential as the doctor (he has shined through Big Finish), then buy this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I tried liking this - I really did.
I listened to it twice.
Sadly, I'm afraid I just couldn't get into it, even on the second go. Read more
I also liked this entertaining story albeit rather pompous at times. My main reason for liking it was because of Colin Baker - this audio is basically a vehicle for the Sixth... Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2009 by Captain Pugwash