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This is the forty sixth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven and Bonnie Langford as Mel. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

This release is an interesting experiment in story telling. It's the story of a planet threatened by the obsequious and downright horrible Slithergee. There is a choice, defend themselves against the alien invader, or parley for peace. Each choice leads to a very different future for the planet. The story sees Mel and the Doctor arrive in one future, and in the `negative' of that story, we see the alternative timeline where they arrive in the other future. It's all rather complicated, as we see the two timelines interweave through the presence of the Doctor and his Tardis, and we see mirror images of the two futures tangle together.

It's a play all about symmetry, and as such it doesn't matter which disc you listen to as each start and end at the same place. Indeed there is no real start and end to the story, you could go round and round forever.

In its attempt to be clever the story does run the danger of vanishing up its own fundament. It is just about saved by the committed performances of McCoy and Langford, and the creation of the Slithergee, a great alien species who could do with another appearance. It's a bit dull by the end of the second disc, as you already know the story, just from another perspective. However, these experiments have to be made, its part of the fun of such a long running science fiction series with time travel that you can create all sorts of interesting paradoxes and story telling devices. There are alsoa few references to Frank Capra's Wonderful Life in some of the character names. It's an interesting idea, reasonably well executed, but its very nature means it drags a little on the second disc. 3 stars.
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on 4 September 2015
Christmas 3090 and the Doctor and Mel land on the planet Puxatornee. A slug like race called the servile Slithergees have had their home destroyed, and are requesting to settle on the first moon or they will launch all-out war.

The Slithergees are a great idea, although the name is a bit on the nose isn’t it? So often we get the aggressive adversary or the more softly spoken and seductive foe, but the Slithergees are more sycophantic. It’s a nice change. They present themselves as an oppressed minority but occupy 90 of the planet. Even the slightest hint of discord to the Slithergee is treated as a hate crime. Oppressors posing as the oppressed, is this how the writer Jonathan Morris thinks of political correctness?

The music is desolate but doesn’t over sell things, although it does smother some of the softer spoken lines, and the Slithergee aren’t over modulated. The star duo are on song but some of the side performances seem a bit wonky and trite, but not outside of the tone.

This one that I think could have been done on an eighties budget and would have fitted into season 24 well. I have said a lot recently but hearing stories as good as this reminds me how poorly served by the scripts of the time Sylvester and Bonnie were. Like ‘the Wrong Doctors’ it can be hard to follow but concentration slipping doesn’t matter as much, better than the happiness patrol

The discs can be listened to in any order as the first two parts and the last two are interchangable
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on 6 January 2007
"Christmas Eve in the year 3060, and the planet Puxatornee is home to a prosperous human colony.

"A space craft has arrived in orbit carrying the Slithergees, a race of obsequious alien slugs. Their home world has been destroyed and they are humbly requesting permission to settle on the first moon.

"And if they don't get permission, then they are humbly threatening to declare all-out war.

"The future hangs in the balance. The decision rests with Bailey, the colony's president - but she has other things on her mind...

"Christmas Eve in the year 3090, and the planet Puxatornee has changed beyond all recognition.

"The Doctor and Mel arrive, on a completely unrelated mission to defeat a race of terrible monsters, and soon discover that something rather confusing has been happening to history..."

The oddly titled "Flip-Flop", by Jonathan Morris, is another experimental outing by Big Finish that turns out to be a great success. By an incredible feat of narrative complexity, Morris has created a four-part story split over two CDs that can be listened to in either order.

The principal conceit of "Flip-Flop" revolves around two parallel versions of history, originating from a single branch point thirty years previously, in both of which the Doctor and Mel arrive and end up becoming embroiled in a plot to change the history of the planet. Without spoiling too much of the plot, the result is a paradox in which the history of Puxatornee changes endlessly from one version back to the other. Neither is correct, and neither is incorrect, and it is entirely down to the listener's choice as to which CD to listen to first (the "black" CD or the "white" CD) to determine which version of history the listener is eventually left with.

Aside from the ingenious plotting that allows the events of both CDs to be reflected in the other, "Flip-Flop" isn't perfect. The human supporting characters are largely one-dimensional and serve only to implement the over-arching plot device. The Slithergees, however, are a great creation, being both sickeningly obsequious but utterly in control of the humans at the same time, and their lugubrious, gurgling voices only add to the effect. "Flip-Flop" is also somewhat depressing: either path through the history of the planet gives rise to utter misery for its inhabitants. However, with a clever conceit at its core, great performances from Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford and a well-crafted downbeat score, "Flip-Flop" is well worth a listen.
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on 13 March 2009
Back cover blurb:
Christmas Eve in the year 3060, and the planet Puxatornee is home to a prosperous human colony. A space craft has arrived in orbit carrying the Slithergees, a race of obsequious alien slugs. Their home world has been destroyed and they are humbly requesting permission to settle on the first moon. And if they don't get permission, then they are humbly threatening to declare all-out war. The future hangs in the balance. The decision rests with Bailey, the colony' s president - but she has other things on her mind.

Christmas Eve in the year 3090, and the planet Puxatornee has changed beyond all recognition. The Doctor and Mel arrive, on a completely unrelated mission to defeat a race of terrible monsters, and soon discover that something rather confusing has been happening to history.
Flip-Flop is a unique innovation in storytelling. A Doctor Who adventure told over two CDs, one black, one white - where the CDs can be listened to in either order.

This story takes place between `Paradise Towers ` and `Delta and the Bannermen'.

This is an innovative and clever story from the Big Finish Doctor Who range. With two discs in an attractive gatefold sleeve. There is a black disc and a white disc, and they can be listened to in either order. There is a lot of humour here too, and accomplished writer Jonathan Morris's fine script coaxes assured performances from the cast, particularly Sylvester McCoy, (although his infamous `rrrr' rolling can get a bit grating at times) who has gone from strength to strength in these audio dramas. Bonnie Langford also proves her worth as bubbly fitness-obsessed companion Mel, and the supporting cast is superb. Intricate but accessible, this is another top release from Big Finish.
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on 8 October 2010
For me the best Big Finish Plays are those that keep your concentration from begining to last with a complex plot that needs a couple of relistens to fully get your head round.

Blink is often cited as one of the best ever TV episodes for its intricate plotting and i believe Flip Flop stands as one of the very best Big Finish Plays for this very same reason. Your head is often left boggling with the complexities thrown up by time travel (ie the cast of characters being in more than 1 place at 1 time) but Morris has obviously thought things through exceptionally well as i still cannot see a flaw in his design.

The biggest compliment i can give this play is that whenever i finish listening to it i want to go back to the begining and start all over again: not something i can say for many BF plays whose plots i find too linear.
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on 14 June 2005
With this story just kept on repeating itself with Mel and the Doctor trying to figure out what happened to people on a planet at Christmas Eve in the 3060.
I'm still figuring out what happened myself as Mel kept getting visions of Deja Vu when she steps out of the Tardis and they keep going into a some kind of a strange time loop travelling from 3060 to a number of years backwards after being kidnapped be two security people.
The slithergees also remind me of those slugs from the first 6th Doctor Who story.
Not a bad story in the end. But I know there are better stories out there.
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Flip flop is a lovely idea - the two discs can be listened to in either order and it will still form a complete story - but it simply doesn't work. This is because there's very little story here, and the doctor is simply not proactive enough. One of the golden rules of storytelling is that your heroes should act and not just react, but the latter is all that the doctor and mel do here.

And the repetitive nature of the story means that by the end of your fourth episode, it's so obvious what's going to happen because it's just going to repeat the end of episode two. This is not a story that's really worth your time, and that's a shame
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on 11 August 2015
Great
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