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2.2 - Max Warp

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Reviewed By: TCar96Review Date: 11/28/16 8:47 am
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A prime example of why I think Doctor Who's political forte is always implicit (like the Sun Makers & the soft-environmentalism of Letts) rather than explicit (like the Happiness Patrol - or Max Warp!).

We've got a 'parody' of Top Gear, which is so blatant as to be bereft of much comic value. Replace any technical car terms with technobabble; the Clarksonesque affectations every now and then and some hideously labored 'political correctness gone mad' lines. Rather than something like the Sun Makers, biting, but coming from a warm place - Max Warp is just spiteful and has little to say beyond Jonathan Morris really doesn't like Jeremy Clarkson.

As a result, the whole mechanics of the 'who dunnit' are ruined. I was almost genuinely surprised by the simplicity of the resolution! Expecting the quiet and understated James May cipher to whip off the mask, it was a shock to find the villain of the piece... to be the villain of the piece! Who'd have thought the boorish figure of ridicule, with a pronounced hatred for other species... hated other species?

A real shame, given my love for Morris' other Big Finish productions and his BBC novels too - but there's just not much here to sink your teeth into. Jokes that fall flat; impression masquerading as parody and satire and also a bizarrely ill-written Lucie prone not being particularly proactive and making comically stupid suggestions.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 3/19/15 7:26 pm
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Those going into this story expecting high drama should probably look elsewhere for a story to listen to. But for what it's worth Max Warp works as a great comedy from Jonathan Morris. It is a cross between a Top Gear parody and an Agatha Christe murder mystery. That said it has it's flaws, mainly it ends to quickly and is kind of asinine. The acting however is great giving some quick wit from all involved. Also the music isn't very good so it makes it harder to listen to.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/12/15 10:00 am
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This second episode of the second of the Eighth Doctor Adventures is as described in the extras: Top Gear meets Agatha meets Doctor Who. That's certainly a winning combo as the Doctor and Lucy investigate the death of a pilot aboard an experimental aircraft that threatens to reopen a galactic war.

The episode makes for a fine hour of entertainment. Sheridan Smith is fantastic as Lucie Miller and the story features many cool and fun concepts such as the spinbots, political advisor robots without which no politician knows what to do.) Some of the political messaging did seem a tad heavy handed but that may be part of the parody of Top Gear. Regardless, it still is a quite enjoyable 50 minutes and a very solid radio drama.
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Reviewed By: Dave_136Review Date: 6/24/14 8:40 am
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A very fun, well structured adventure for The Doctor and Lucie this one. Full of great moments.