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Doctor Who by Jonathan    Morris
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Mar 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: doctor-who, audioplays
Read 2 times. Last read March 10, 2012.

As is often the case with these New Eighth Doctor Adventures, the casting for this story is excellent. Graeme Garden nails the character of Geoffrey Vantage, a not-at-all veiled parody of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, replicating his over-the-top macho style perfectly. As much as I enjoyed Garden though, I had the most laughs from James Fleet in the role of O'Reilley - the boorish spaceship expert who suffers constant put-downs from Vantage.

While I think listeners who are knowledgeable about the TV show this production parodies will probably catch more of the jokes, Morris' script is funny enough to work without that background knowledge. Fortunately in any case, there is more to the story than the parody elements as there is also an intriguing murder mystery for the Doctor and Lucie to investigate played out against a backdrop of political tension.

Morris' script moves swiftly and he throws in several twists and turns to keep things fresh and maintain interest. Both leads seem to be enjoying the comic moments they are given, each receiving some good lines, and it is certainly nice to have an adventure in which both the Doctor and his companion seem to be enjoying themselves (at least for most of the time!).

A good, solid entry in this second season of adventures. It feels a little unimaginative compared to the previous story, Dead London, but it does what it sets out to do and does so pretty well.

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