The Jupiter Conjunction (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 May 2012
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The Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa arrive on comet 8/Q Panenka, which is quickly revealed to be a sort of second class postal service between Earth and Jupiter, with a small but thriving community on it’s surface. It soon transpires that the community is not as thriving as it first seemed, something is very wrong and the community are ready to blame the most likely suspects – the most likely suspects being a bunch of mysterious strangers who have just appeared in their midst... But there is something much deeper going on, and the Doctor is soon locked into a struggle to save more than just the people on the comet.
Big Finish have done well over the years playing around with the somewhat elastic nature of Dr Who to give us a wide range of stories. But every now and then they go back to basics, and deliver a solid tale that works brilliantly despite being made up of all the usual Who clichés. And this is one of those stories. Building on the excellent work of Emeral Tiger, continuing to use the three companions to good effect and making Tegan a useful character rather than an annoyance, there is nothing really new in this adventure, but it is a good story well told and hits all the right classic Who buttons to become a pretty exciting adventure. Actually, I am not being totally fair, it’s not all clichéd, there are some plot twists as to the actual who and why that lift this story above the average. It’s fun, energetic, the companions are used to good effect (especially Turlough, who has some very good moments here) and is a good solid Who story. 4 stars.
This is the second story in the latest run of three to feature this line up. There is an ongoing storyline to them involving Nyssa looking for a cure to a disease. But they are almost all pretty much stand alone so casual listeners could get into this one quite easily without having heard any of the earlier ones. There is a passing remark to something that happened to Nyssa in the previous tale The Emerald Tiger (Doctor Who) but that has no bearing on this one so it won't be a problem to anyone listening to this who hasn't heard that.
This story runs for four parts, each of just under twenty five minutes in length [approx] and is spread across two cd's.
It's set in the twenty fourth century and sees the TARDIS land inside a comet. Which has an orbit that takes it between Earth and Jupiter. Which makes it ideal for delvering things from planet to planet. And there's a whole lot of human living there.
But they are a community in turmoil, thanks to thefts and disappearances. The TARDIS crew are quickly caught up in all this and separated. Some mount an expedition of mercy that has consequences. And some end up on trial.
The secrets of the comet wait to be revealed. They could have deadly consequences. For all concerned. And for two planets...
The length of the episodes is just right and means the whole thing moves at a decent pace. The regulars are a superb team and all interact very well together. Each does get their moment to shine also.
The whole plot does take a couple of episodes to get going, but there are some decent twists and turns when it does.
There is some attempt at political comment also but that never gets the least bit heavy handed.
This doesn't really do anything exceptionally new or original storytelling wise. But it's strength is in the setting. A well realised bit of world building, and a place that is shown to have an effect on all those who live here.
There are as well some strong emotional moments in part four that you won't forget in a hurry.
It's not a classic relase. Nor is it particularly a standout one. But it does have enough in it to make it just a bit above average.
There's four minutes [approx] of music from the story on it's own on the final track of disc one.
A trailer for the next release in this run on the track after the end of part two on disc two.
And fourteen minutes [approx] of interviews with cast and crew on the two tracks after that.
The Doctor has landed the Tardis on Eight slash Q Panenka, a comet with a 13 km circumference, upon which has been built an entire infrastructure, with the comet being used to shift freight between Earth and Jupiter on its elliptical orbit. The year is 2329, and the law enforcement on the comet are concerned about thefts of equipment and freight. The arrival of the Tardis crew, from out of nowhere, raises suspicions. While the Doctor and Turlough are called in for questioning, Tegan and Nyssa find themselves helping a ‘piggybacker’ whose companion is missing on the surface of the comet.
This is a good story; a sort of solid and reliable narrative, which has its strength, I think, in the Tardis crew, their characterisations and their performances. The story itself is a fairly standard one, although I really appreciated the twists that occurred in the narrative as unexpected alliances, enemies and plots are revealed. The writer has captured, very well, the personalities of the Doctor, Turlough, Nyssa and Tegan, and they have been written very well. It is their cohesiveness that really pulls this story along, as the fate of Eight slash Q Panenka is decided.
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