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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/8/17 2:04 pm
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All of the other stories in the Unbound range are very clearly "Doctor Who" stories. They differ from the "Doctor Who" that we know in particular, interesting ways, but they are undoubtedly "Doctor Who" stories. This is something else entirely. I mean, strictly speaking, the Doctor isn't even in it. In a way, that's a shame. This is the closest we'll ever get to seeing Sir Derek Jacobi as the Doctor, and he's not the Doctor.

He's Martin Bannister, a retired TV-writer and playwright, and he was hired to write the first scripts for "Doctor Who", a science-fiction TV program that never made it to air. Forty years later, he looks back on his life with bitterness and regret, until he's suddenly inspired to write "Doctor Who" again. Meanwhile, he has a visit from his estranged son, and his relationship with his nurse is growing more personal.

I'm tempted to call Bannister "unlikable", but I like him too much for that. I feel like a shouldn't like him. He's self-absorbed and totally indifferent to anyone around him. His son hates him, with good reason. He's constantly rude and condescending to his nurse. He's a thoroughly nasty piece of work. But by God, I like him. I don't approve of him, but I like him. I credit both the writing and the performance for this, but Martin Bannister is an incredibly compelling character. And it's the strength of that character, in the writing and in the performance, that makes this such an outstanding story.

It's not "Doctor Who". It's not even about "Doctor Who". But it's brilliant.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/25/15 11:10 pm
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'Deadline', by Rob Shearman, is character driven and hard to pin down. This audio drama was recorded on 12 and 13 June 2003 at The Moat Studios. It's full of disillusioned character's constantly disappointing each other at every turn. It's a character study of an anti-hero protagonist in a world of opposites. Set in a world where Doctor who never even had a pilot filmed, but remained a script stuffed in an office draw. Now, in a retirement home Martin, the writer and creator of Doctor Who, finds that life is starting to gain an uncanny symmetry with his old project. The Nurse called Barbara Wright and her ex-boyfriend Ian Chesterton.

Shearman is obviously a talented writer, and it's a crying shame he isn't writing for the new series. His scripts for Big Finish were often the most challenging and creative. Both, 'The Holy Terror' and,'Scherzo' featured alternate realities in some form so he is the perfect author for this instalment of the unbound range. The realism combined with the dark humour. Striking imagery and masterful writing combined with superlative acting and innovative ideas. This a complete opposite in tone to 'Auld Mortality', but every bit as good. Funny and dark throughout: "I don't love you, so sod off!"
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Reviewed By: GcookscotlandReview Date: 6/4/13 10:51 am
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Strange story about a Dr Who writer. Entertaining!
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Reviewed By: BCWilliamsReview Date: 5/19/12 2:18 pm
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Did not enjoy this story. 1/10