Sixth Doc & Peri Boxset Out Now (Spoilers from P3 On wards) Aug 24, 2020 13:06:40 GMT Timelord007, mark687, and 4 more like this
Post by barnabaslives on Aug 24, 2020 13:06:40 GMT
Very well put! I wonder if people did build up false expectations about this somewhat? Personally I very much enjoyed the idea that things are able to return to normal for The Sixth Doctor and Peri as a testament to the nature and strength of their relationship rather than perhaps taking more of a New Series approach. Maybe those things were already touched on somewhat in the Monthly Range? Anyway, things mostly felt very true to the Sixth Doctor's TV era and I don't know what's wrong with that.
What also surprised me (and maybe this is what disappointed some other listeners) is that the set didn't do anything really "new" with their friendship despite being set after Peri's time as Queen of Krontep (except Peri is a lot more confident than very early Peri was, and that's just as it should be.)
I too had expected that the set would 'break new ground' (presumably because of some publicity comments, though I don't remember what - it might have been us fans speculating!) But while listening I realised that I hadn't really wanted it to do that anyway and this was what I wanted! I wasn't in the mood for angst and recriminations and reassessments, I wanted some 80s-style adventures with Sixie and Peri and hopefully a few laughs along the way, and that's exactly what I got. One story was OK (but very obvious villain imo), one was timey-wimey and complicated (and a good story I enjoyed) and two are clever and lots of fun!
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
It guess it reminds me somewhat of the Judoon story from CDNM - we get the most wonderful character development but given the limited time frame it comes at the price of sort of a Deus ex Machina in some of the characters being almost absurdly prosaic about where they've ended up. I tend to want to be critical of that but to be honest, could things have worked out any better than they did in Judoon in Chains?
I also wonder if some of the story criticisms are entirely fair? Sure, not hard to guess the bad ones in The Headless Ones. It might have gone on longer and built up more diversion about who the bad apples were, but in the context of c.a. an hour, something important might have had to be sacrificed for the sake of that. It is a historical, and it strikes me that there may be a certain lack of suspense with historicals - we may already know how they turn out but the really interesting parts are how they get from point a to point b and how The Doctor manages to be involved in events exactly. Sometimes they introduce us to interesting things from history and I think that certainly happened here.
With Conflict Theory, I think things are similar because to a certain degree you know how things will likely turn out and there's even a certain amount of surrealism that might keep things from being taken too seriously, but the suspenseful part seems again how things get from one point to another and at what point all the cards will come out on the table and whether things could backfire. I think it's interesting though that Nev Fountain seems to have managed as much as seems possible to bring back that edgy, unpredictable Doctor for a moment that he was at first meeting but in a much more flattering context overall.
I haven't heard the other two yet but I think the main criticism I see of The Vanity Trap is that it borrows from other stories, and I think that happens sometimes and isn't necessarily a bad thing of itself.