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182. Antidote to Oblivion

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Reviewed By: BlueboxReview Date: 11/8/17 9:13 am
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Characters and plot are stock Philip Martin. There’s nothing original to this story and that makes it unengaging to me.

Crozier’s daughter is terribly written with cardboard motivations. The conclusion is very convenient.

The recurring joke referring to the similarly bad Mission to Magnus is just not funny
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/23/17 1:07 pm
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Antidote to Oblivion finds the Doctor and Flip captured by Sil, who is working for a corporation that has taken over the U.K. and rules a public that has been idled by too many jobs taken over by machines by poisoning the Water supply with psychotropic drugs. The story has some interesting ideas and themes including intelligent psychic viruses and a truly sinister plan by Sil. Lisa Greenwood has a great turn as Flip and Nabil Shaban turns in a delightfully twisted turn as Sil. Colin Baker is solid as always as the Doctor though the script gives him some inconsistent characterization.

Where the story fails is that it's way too long. With the additional length on each episode, this story is almost as long as a classic series six-parter and there's just not enough story to support it. There's some overacting and some ham-fistedness in some of the plot. Still, what works about this story still makes an enjoyable listen.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/5/15 8:24 pm
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Antidote to Oblivion: The slimy, sycophantic, sadistic, skinflint slug: Sil is a child of the eighties, and in more ways than one. Obviously, Philip Martin created the character for 'Vengeance on Varos' at a time when Yuppies and Thatcherism was rife. This is set in the 2380s, however, and like the 1980s business and corruption is the prime concern of many. Would Sil - who also appears in 'Mindwarp' and 'Mission to Magnus', and this audio recognises them both as canon - have been as successful as a character if it wasn't for Nabil Shaban, though? A Sil story is much like a Peladon story. It's a pre-requirement that they include certain elements, and Philip Martin has packed in all the usual tropes associated with one of his stories: bleak dystopian future, elements of body horror and, of course, Sil.

The most exciting feature of this story, for me, is that is we have Sil appearing in a Big Finish main range story after the rather tepid affair that was, 'Mission to Magnus', and that Lisa Greenwood is back as Philippa 'Flip' Jackson. A complete juxtaposition between the Visceral Sil (who is certainly no evil genius) and the natural warmth of the uncomplicated and candid companion, Flip. Put both those elements together with the consummate professionalism and experience of Colin Baker and the interplay between their characters is the biggest strength of this audio production. Yet, it's the poor characterisation and writing that lets this down.

The acting and characters of the supporting cast are dull lifeless cardboard cut-outs, and Flip's characterisation is awful. Her dialogue is terrible and lifeless. One minute she uses terms like, 'amazeballs' and, 'mingin'; she mentions having here critical faculties shut down and uses the word 'reminiscences'. Reminiscences, is hardly an esoteric term I know, and I don't expect the character to be dumb, but her use of language seems to veer between formal and informal. You can almost hear Philip Martin placing the words in the character's mouth. Pan sells out the Doctor and Flip, much to the dismay of his girlfriend Cerise, and then has a change of heart and do the right thing later on, apparently apropos of nothing – at least I wasn't terribly convinced, anyway.

This is steeped in unnecessary continuity, the pace is often sluggish and the resolution is classic deus ex machina. Martin has brought up the events of 'Peri and the Piscon Paradox', why? Anzor is back, why? Actually the question shouldn't be why is Anzor back, as he hardly features, but why bring him back in the way that they did and why is he constantly saying, 'Fiddlesticks'?

Flip's appearance in, 'The Last Adventure' box set showed how bubbly and wholesome Lisa Greenwood's character can be, but here she is given standard companion dialogue and much the same treatment that Peri had in the eighties. In the hands of a strong character writer, this story would have so much potential. Instead, we are served reheated eighties fare. Traditional or nostalgic, will depend very much on your personal tastes, but for me, this is still second best to 'Vengeance on Varos'.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 5/29/15 1:47 pm
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The wonders that are Sil are back, in this a quite depressing and thought evoking future for the planet earth, if we are to believe the that Philip Martin as got it right. Flip is the companion of choice on this outing with old No.6. We are thrust into a world controlled by alien money and International conglomerates, who want to control the population by drug induced conformity. The Doctor and Flip land in the underground in London, that now is inhabited by a populous that is being chastised for the corporation, a very much dystopian population that relies on the assembled government ruling them with miss-direction, state assistance and a polluted water supply of tranquillisation utopia.

The Doctor stumbles across two medical individuals whom are surviving after loosing their position in this fragile society for non conforming. They soon however find themselves under the care of Sil and his cronies, the Doctor coming to earth due to another Timelords distress call from his TARDIS. Little do we know that the real issue is SIL who is fiddling the books from his masters, and is designing a plan of human control what he and his cohorts are doing is designing a antidote to the plague, and then, after infecting the planet, will charge for the cure. How do you create a cure for the plague, by backward engineering a Timelords immune system, hence the distress call from one of the Doctor’s peers, who, now it seems is half the man he used to be…..

This is first rate Doctor Who stuff, I don’t know whether I am taking to Flip, she comes across as a teenager who is a little too up and happy for my liking perhaps that is the British mentality in me showing. I never like the companions that seem to play it like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, you know the optimism is enough to choke you and make you cry. Maybe Flip will grow on me, I doubt it though she is a little too digital and not enough analogue. That aside from this, I do enjoy the character SIL, the sort of antithesis of a flawed evil genius, you cannot really wish him bad, you just know his plan will fail it is just a matter of when. I also liked the fact that the character who is helping Sil, is, carrying a lot of hate, for the Doctor as she blames him for her father’s death, cannot beat a bit of revenge hate going on to fuel things up.

Loved it very much 1980’s teatime television here.