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170. Spaceport Fear

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Reviewed By: YorickReview Date: 7/12/16 9:01 am
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There was a very good idea in this story and imaginative language but the pace was slow and there were points where nothing really seemed to happen to advance the plot or characters
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/23/16 3:41 pm
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Spaceport Fear is from that Doctor Who sub-genre, "Technological Society decays and reorganized into a much more primitive one," as was seen on television in, "The Face of Evil," and "Paradise Towers." Spaceport Fear is a decent take on this trope. It's positive is a nice twist on who the villain is and the way both sides of this society of "business" and "economy" have been placed at odds. Ronald Pickup turns in a very good performance. Mel's computer plays a key role in the conclusion.

On the negative side, as this a spaceport rather than an airplane or space vessel, the idea of having people divided between "business" and "economy" is somewhat dubious. Also, while I thought it was nice to really make use of Mel's knowledge of computer that does lead to a lot of technobabble in the Last Act and a somewhat anti-climatic ending.

Still, a solid cast make this a decent listen.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 4/29/15 11:32 am
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We have so far had in real terms, one hit, and one near miss with the latest instalments from Colin and good old number 6 as the Doctor. This however finds us back on tera firma, well at least Tantane Spaceport that is. This is bread and butter Who, and for me it hits the mark from the off.

The premises is that the Doctor and Mel land on a Spaceport, and immediately get separated from each other, and to get back together and to the TARDIS, they need to get past the tribes of Business and Economy, the two groups of people who have survived in the Spaceport for many a year. Add to this that there is a monster trailing the place called the Wailer and we are on for one hell of a journey. What is great is the way that this feels like it is of the time 80's BBC television, I especially like that the two tribes are scared of new technology even though ironically they are trapped in a what is a state of the art space port. It is also no surprise that the pantomime villain Elder Bones is working each clan of each other for his own devices. The adventure works well in all parts. There is some confusing elements of people playing similar parts but for different classes and that is a little of the undoing of the whole production, however, the monster in this is cracking and certainly had the behind the sofa feel of the TV Doctor.

Colin and Bonnie are excellent and I also enjoyed the performance of Ronald Pickup a bit of cult figure when it comes to the old Who universe and for me was actually the standout, his quality of performance is belied by the fact that he is a excellent character actor anyway. All in all after the output of late this as established a much more back to the norm for Big Finish main release platform.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 3/21/13 12:19 am
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First up, this does not follow on directly from Wrong Doctors, so I was a little confused at the start. Secondly, the cover has the doctor in his blue coat, but in the story he is clearly wearing the colourful one. All unnecessarily confusing.

Get over all of that that and then...

Its a good story, though the key plot twists are predictable.

I think the best part of the story is the doctor's idea for improvising a telecommunication system. Not even McGyver would have done it this way.
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