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4.0 out of 5 stars Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a portaloo!, 22 July 2006
This review is from: The One Doctor (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
"When the evil Skelloids launch an attack upon the seventeen worlds of the Generios system, its peace-loving inhabitants face total destruction.

"So it's lucky that the Doctor, that famous traveller in time and space, is in the area, and that he, along with his pretty young assistant, Sally-Anne, manages to defeat the deadly creatures and save the day.

"But now it looks as though the Doctor's luck has run out...

"Who is the mysterious, curly-haired stranger, intent on causing trouble? What role does the feisty redheaded Melanie play in his scheme? And what have they to do with the sinister alien cylinder approaching Generios?

One thing is certain: for the Doctor and Sally-Anne, there's deadly danger ahead..."

With Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman's The One Doctor, Big Finish Productions do their first true out-and-out comedy. Although Robert Shearman's The Holy Terror started out with a comedic edge, it plunged into darkness as the story neared its end; by contrast, The One Doctor gets ever sillier, to the point that by episode three, the story is using infamous Delaware version of the theme tune, and Bonnie Langford (who continues to impress in the audio format, by the way) and guest star Christopher Biggins spend much of the episode putting up a set of never-ending flat-pack shelves. Believe me - it's true.

The key conceit of the story, revolving around a cheap con-artist capitalising on the legend of the Doctor to extract vast sums of money from grateful civilisations he's just "saved", is a novel one, and Biggins plays the role of amoral cad with great aplomb. His companion, Sally-Anne (played by Clare Buckfield), is good for a laugh too. The bogus Doctor's plans begin to unravel, however, when his fake alien invasion is immediately followed by a genuine, bona fide alien attack, and ultimately only the real Doctor can save the day - by travelling to another planet with Sally-Anne and trying to interupt a never-ending game of The Weakest Link.

The One Doctor is bizarre, silly and great fun. And if you want to hear Colin Baker, Bonnie Langford, Clare Buckfield and Christopher Biggins travelling through time and space in a portaloo, this is the story for you.
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