I went with the Graphic Audio version, which proved to be a great choice. Deadpool here is a bit of a mix of various versions over the years, completeI went with the Graphic Audio version, which proved to be a great choice. Deadpool here is a bit of a mix of various versions over the years, complete with the fourth wall breaking, as well as a selection of inner voices and hallucinations and his own unreliable narration (though the actual narrator isn't all that reliable, either.)
The main thing is that this is actually something of an heir to the Firesign Theater -- non-stop verbal calisthenics, lunatic soundscapes, constant outbreaks of surreality in dialogue and action (the plot essentially revolves around a bunch of puppies infected with monster DNA stolen from SHIELD) and even snippy exchanges with the sound engineer. We get Spider-Man horribly abused by his Aunt May, Hulk breaking down and crying, Hydra Bob, and a climactic battle that involves massive farting and hallucinations.
It's by turns hilarious, confounding, and bizarre. I hope there's a follow-up....more
A straight historical, set before "An Unearthly Child" (and complete with references to the TARDIS' chameleon circuit actually working) in which The DA straight historical, set before "An Unearthly Child" (and complete with references to the TARDIS' chameleon circuit actually working) in which The Doctor and Susan land first during the Blitz in London, and then in Berlin just before Hitler's ascension as Chancellor. The brownshirts are out in the streets, Jews are fleeing, and dark deeds are afoot. The Doctor goes to visit a group of scientists, only to be kidnapped (and Susan mysteriously drugged, only to apparently be saved by a mysterious Englishman.)
It's a fairly well done bit of 1930s melodrama, but gets lower marks than it perhaps should because of the sheer abuse of Susan -- the implications are highly unpleasant, and that the worst of the abuse is at the hands of an SIS agent makes it all the worse. Nearly everyone Susan encounters during the course of the story is a fairly awful person, including most of the kids who try to help her.
To its credit, the audio production is excellent, and Lisa Bowerman does her usual grand job as director....more
Well, this is a little bit mad, but that's a Marc Platt story for you. He's hampered in the main by two things -- having to use the Rani as the basisWell, this is a little bit mad, but that's a Marc Platt story for you. He's hampered in the main by two things -- having to use the Rani as the basis of the story, and having to try and conform the logic enough in the story to avoid everything going off the rails into impossible confusion (one recalls both "Ghostlight" and several Marc Platt novels.) He almost makes it, although there are places where the sonic attempt to provide the picture that he's painting results in a mish-mash of noise against which Colin Baker's Six Doctor is left being ineffectually shouty. Siobhan Redmond has taken over as the Rani from Kate O'Mara, but is still left with the problem that the character is essentially just a time-traveling mad scientist whose grandiose schemes border on both incomprehensibility and boredom -- the character's introduction in this story is the most effective use of her, as it presents her as something mysterious and dangerous, Machiavellian, coldly logical, and with the patience of a Hannibal Lecter....more