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160. The Jupiter Conjunction

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 4/1/15 8:10 am
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This release is like meat and two veg as we would say in the UK. It is a staple, honest, no frills, Who adventure, that does not hold any massive mystery or surprise. What it does have is a slick production which makes the later years of the BBC tenure of producing Who a bit of a joke. The writing as well is higher than the Beeb could muster in it's Philip Hinchcliffe days. That aside what do we have here for us to enjoy. Well the 5th Doctor decides it might be fun to land on the Eight slash Q Panenka, a sort of futuristic inter stellar, deep space, cargo freightliner. However, he falls foul of the people whom are running the outfit as they quickly associate the Doctor arrival with stock that is being stolen, pushing the reputation of 8/Q down the pan. The whole thing has a nice comfortable feel, there is nothing pushing the boundaries of understanding here, I for one found this one of those that you could listen whilst engaged in other pursuits, such as work! That aside there is a wonderful plot twist, which, makes the final part an enjoyable and welcoming end. One stand out for me, is the cliff-hanger over whether Turlough is turning traitor or as he a cunning plan (aka Blackadder style) up his sleeve.

Everyone here is faultless, you get the feeling from this release that the main cast are second guessing each others next move, on the interaction of the script, and for that it makes this a very highly polished release.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 3/14/13 12:05 pm
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An interesting and intricate script that makes good use of the regulars. The way the Doctor and his companions are split up here works really well and doesn't seem forced. There is a lot going on and, as others have pointed out, nothing is quite how it seems at first. This keeps the story engaging and suspensful throughout. A fine entry for this Tardis Team.
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Reviewed By: Crystal LogicReview Date: 1/15/13 4:03 pm
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A couple of spoilers here:

A good one, this. I\'d almost call it \"hard SF\", and I\'m reminded very much of stuff by Arthur C. Clarke and his disciples. A bunch of people live out a rather spare existence on a comet, and the Doctor and friends are thrown into the middle of a political/commercial conflict. Throw in the cloud-like Jovians, something which I\'m sure I\'ve seen before, either in a Clarke story or something very like it, and we have what turns out to be a very intriguing puzzle. In the interview extras the director talks about wanting to convey a sense of tension; of people living on the edge and on the point of \"doing something drastic\". This actually comes across rather well in the script and acting. Characters don\'t always behave quite in the way you\'d expect. They decide things rather abruptly and even recklessly. One of my favourite moments is when Chica is told of what\'s going on on the other side of the comet and just promptly grabs the public address mic and shouts out everything to the whole base staff. Wouldn\'t we all like to do that sort of thing if we found out about the dastardly schemes and manipulations underpinning our society?

I appreciate the subtlety of the script, too, which doesn\'t really beat us over the head with detail and over-explaining stuff but instead opts for a subtle approach. You have to stay on your toes a little bit to keep track of what\'s going on and especially to understand the characters\' motivations. Nobody here is quite what you\'d expect, except maybe for Major Nash, who seems like a bit of a caricature of a \"good ole\' army boy\" and is rather ridiculous. I really liked Anton and it was a real pity about what happened to him, as I found myself really hoping he\'d make it through the story. Patricia, on the other hand, is taken out and shot like a dog that\'s outlived its usefulness, and even though she was rather despicable, I was a little shocked at how quickly and mercilessly she was just done away with. Not that I\'m complaining!

The Jovians are pretty cool, but their buzzing electric storm voices were a little incomprehensible to me in the early episodes. Either I got used to it or things just improved later on in the story. They seem rather easily convinced of the duplicity of their allies, but on the other hand it\'s nice to see the Fifth Doctor\'s attempts at diplomacy actually working for a change.

The regulars are all well served here. The days of the crowded TARDIS team wandering uselessly around with members having nothing to do seem to be pretty much over. Turlough sells the trial scene like this is the sort of stuff he was meant to play. Nyssa really tugs on the heart strings with her attempts to save anyone and everyone, no matter how wrong or horrible they might be--it\'s almost as though it\'s become a compulsion for her by now. I like how at first the script plays on her apparent sexual naiveté by having her not pick up what seems obvious to Tegan: that manny is Violet\'s boyfriend, but in the end she turns out to be completely correct! Tegan is at the centre of everything, investigating the secret base and coming up with the idea that saves everyone, only to apparently kill Nyssa in the process. This is well done and is an obviously deliberate call-back to Earthshock, except this time Tegan understands what the Doctor\'s perspective must have been in that story. It\'s interesting how Big Finish seems to seek to redress some of the obvious problems that plagued the Davison era. I must admit this line of adventures (with Tegan, Nyssa and Turlough) had me most skeptical in the beginning, but has turned out, after a shaky initial trilogy, to be very worthy indeed. It\'s also great to have Mark Strickson back. he really is a superb actor, and I think I missed him more than I initially realised!

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Reviewed By: Planet KlibignaitisReview Date: 5/20/12 9:49 am
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Spoilers ...


The Doctor has often materialised somewhere and been wrongly accused of something unpleasant that he has happened upon purely by chance (or the TARDIS' willingness to take him to situationso of peril). Pretty much everytime, the Doctor has shaken off the false accusations and busied himself with saving the universe or somesuch. Here, he and Turlough only succeed in getting themselves deeper and deeper into trouble ... rather like 'Caves of Androzani' in that respect. However, unlike Androzani, we also have Nyssa and Tegan who have their own story to tell ...
Deliberately unspectacular, this is simply a really good story providing many good moments for the regulars and supporting cast. Add to that some wonderful sound design and a typically magnificent score and you have a good slab of Robson brilliance. I have to say, as is sometimes the case with his stories, such a good time is had listening to the story, that the finale threatens to get a little 'messy', but nevertheless, this is the third particularly good release in a row. I'd forgotten how much I like the writings of Eddie Robson.
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