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169. The Wrong Doctors

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/16/16 9:57 pm
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Two Sixth Doctors converge on the village of Pease Pottage. A young post-Time Trial Sixth Doctor is returning Mel after the Trial, while an older Sixth Doctor missing Evelyn Smythe has decided to go and get Mel in the TARDIS. The result is two Sixth Doctors, two Mel's and all the history of Pease Pottage from dinosaurs to highwaymen and ladies volunteering during World War II converge.

Writer Matt Fitton has crafted a brilliant tale that manages to combine high concept sci fi, comedy, and touches of drama. The sci fi part is born of a nagging continuity error at the end of the Sixth Doctor's Trial where he took Mel "home" in his TARDIS before he'd actually met her and plays that issue out as the consequences spiral out of control.

The comedy comes in many places including the Interstellar business consultants, but the big highlight are the two Sixth Doctors with the more brusque 1980s version of the Sixth Doctor played off against Big Finish's more gentle evolution of the same character.

The bits of drama come in at unexpected points and usually through minor characters in a way that's surprisingly touching. Overall, this is just a very smart and entertaining release.

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Reviewed By: NewWorldreviewsReview Date: 12/25/15 5:12 pm
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The Wrong Doctors has a huge shopping list to get through: act as an introductory story for Mel, not act as an introductory story for Mel, include two versions of the sixth Doctor, highlight the difference between the TV version of the sixth Doctor and the Big Finish version of the sixth Doctor and show how important Evelyn was to the sixth Doctor. It's no wonder that this turned out to be a time-twisting adventure, but what is a surprise is that this is such a good story, and is one of Big Finish's Colin Baker classics. Seriously, if you thought that Colin Baker was a poor Doctor on TV, this story might make you fall in love with him. It's a tribute to everything that Big Finish have done with the sixth Doctor, and it's also a cracking story that plays around with the multi-Doctor idea to great reward. While actors like Tom Baker and Paul McGann have had to play opposite themselves before, this is something completely different. It's essentially like The Two Doctors or The Five Doctors, bar the fact that while those featured different incarnations of the Doctor meeting up, this features different versions of the same Doctor. And Colin Baker carries this off spectacularly. Split between them, the Doctor is in a lot of the story, and while that could, if handled incorrectly, lead to a very difficult listen for the audience, here it works perfectly. The writing, direction and acting most of all carry it off, and I love the chemistry between the two Doctors, despite the fact that, on the surface, they seemingly haven't changed that much. While it was slightly apparent in the early Lost Stories featuring his Doctor that this version was there, even he had been softened. This story plummets us right back to an irritable, post-Trial Doctor that just wants to drop off Mel and not get caught up in anything the universe has to offer. I thought that the witty dialogue was incredible, and contains one of Big Finish's best gags. However, while the Doctor's character has plenty of exposure and analysis, he is by no means the story's only asset. Mel is given just as much time as the Doctor, and shows just how much Big Finish have worked on her character. It's all paid off, as Mel has now become someone who we actively want to spend time with. I thought this was perhaps the story's best moments, and it shows us that Mel had so much unexplored potential. However, non of this is to the detriment of the story, which is as complex and engaging as you'd expect. Matt Fitton crafts a complx tale that isn't afraid to confound the listener at times, however you never feel lost with the concept. The two key characters, Mrs Wilberforce and Jed Thurwell start off as stock characters to begin with, but as the story goes on, they become more like 'real' people, and the development they have is touching. I also thought the Mardaks were great characters too. However, I wasn't hugely enamoured with Stapleton Petherbridge, who occasionally came across a little too much as a stereotypical villain. While n keeping with the period, and well played by Tony Gardener, I don't think it coms across as it should. It's probably the only major fault I have with the story. I thought Nicholas Briggs' direction was fantastic, really getting some good performances and making the more complex sections of the story easy to follow. I even found Simon Robinson's score palatable, something which isn't always the case with his work. On the whole, bar one slight quibble, The Wrong Doctors is a fantastic story. Acting as a touching tribute to Maggie Stables, this is a fantastic audio adventure that so nearly achieves perfection. Nevertheless, this is a fantastic story that will make fans of Old Sixy smile with glee.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 9/20/15 2:45 pm
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The Wrong Doctors is the opening story to the 2013 Sixth Doctor trilogy and features immediately after Trial of a Time Lord and after the flashbacks in Thicker than Water. How you may ask? While we've had plenty of multi-Doctor stories before but here we get a multi-Doctor story where two versions of the Sixth Doctor meet up in Pease Pottage. The early version of Six is dropping Mel off after the Trial and the later version of Six is hoping to pick her up after saying good-bye to Evelyn Smythe. If that wasn't confusing enough the later Doctor actually isn't supposed to meet Mel here but in the novel Business Unusual but younger Mel is here because of time experiments. Did I mention that this all happens within the first 10 minutes of the story?

Yes The Wrong Doctor, hits the ground running and doesn't let up with twists and turns around every corner. I won't give away any more of the plot but it calls back to The Creed of the Kromon as the foe is intergalactic businessmen. That is just a hilarious premise in its own right especially when Colin Baker has to work off himself. It's a real feat as there is the softer and brasher Sixth Doctor that makes you step back and realize just how far the Sixth Doctor has come with Big Finish.

Another thing to listen for is the music which is great at emulating the 1980s without being too in your face. Bonnie Langford is also great here as Mel in both her timelines especially in the cliffhanger to Part Three.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/1/15 10:46 am
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You wait ages for Mel to be introduced and two come along at once! It's kind of a multi-doctor story isn't it? TV Six vs. BF Six. Interesting or confusing? Why not both? Have your cake and eat it I say! Only 'Doctor Who' can make story out of a continuity hole.

We are introduced to a Mel singing a neat little ditty about her home town 'Pease Pottage'. It makes me wonder where Bonnie ends and Mel begins as Mel was supposed to be a computer programmer with an eidetic memory?! And she has chosen to use her memory skills to memorise a patriotic ditty for her hometown. There is a certain tongue in cheek element at times but it never feels out of place and just adds to the flavour of an already odd but enjoyable story. The tone reminds me of 'The One Doctor' light hearted but not as panto as the aforementioned.

It’s taken me sometime to really get used to the audio only format but even now my mind tends to wonder for a minute or two, so this one sets a real challenge. Six and Six but which is which? Personally I found it awkward at times but not impossible. The sound of the recording is modern, clean and fresh – although the score itself is a bit uninspired at times. The acting is pitched at the right level all round; although Tony Gardener (Stapleton Petherbridge) starts hamming it up towards the end. The story itself is well thought out and written if a little over ambitious considering the format. I mean come on who doesn't want to see Mel knock her-self out. It leaves important questions like was it a right hook or a left? I wonder if Nick Briggs was pulling his hair out in the director's chair?

You may have noticed I haven't really commented on the plot simply because trying to keep track is so confusing. No wonder Colin has that look on his faces on the cover. But it's ok because they throw a spice girls joke in as a bonus, Yay!

There is a lot going on in this one. I don't think it's for everybody and perhaps not beginners but it’s enjoyable – which is good but because you might have to listen to it twice!

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