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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/9/17 12:08 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I think it's a daring idea to write a comedy version of "Doctor Who" where the Doctor is kinda crap. Making the Doctor a woman is another daring idea. Those are two solid premises for an episode of "Doctor Who Unbound". Either premise could be developed into a very good story. But trying to do them both in the same story was a terrible mistake.

Imagine what this story might have been like with a male Doctor. He's living on Earth, but he's in hiding, trying to pass himself off as a human. He works at a Sainsbury's, he goes out to the pub with his mates, and generally behaves in a very un-Doctorish way. And the Time Lords are looking for him, and there's an alien plot to assassinate Princess Anne when she ceremonially opens the Sainsbury's car park. I think that's what this story was supposed to be like. I don't think that version of the story would be terribly good, but it wouldn't have been offensive.

Unfortunately, by doing all that and then also making the Doctor a woman, the story inevitably becomes (or at least is read as being) a commentary on gender politics in modern society. This story was never meant to be a commentary on gender politics, and if you try to read it that way, it's hugely offensive. In the male-version of the story, the Doctor is shit because he's getting drunk to avoid facing up to his situation. In the femaie version, the Doctor is shit because she's a woman, and the drinking is just a symptom. That was definitely not the intention, but that is absolutely how it comes across. And it doesn't help that the previous Doctor, a man, is totally disgusted that he has been replaced by a woman. And then throw in the idea that changing sex is a "punishment" for suicide. Everything about this story ends up pushing the idea that being a woman is either shameful or merely unfortunate.

And the tragedy of it is that Arabella Weir never gets the credit she deserves for being a very good Doctor.
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Reviewed By: doctorwhomoffReview Date: 3/25/16 5:07 pm
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Quite possibly the worst doctor who story in any medium, sexist and transphobic.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/12/15 4:12 pm
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So, the Doctor has been exiled to Earth and has been forced to regenerate into a Woman as punishment for trying to commit suicide. What's Nick Briggs trying to suggest here? That being a Woman is punishment? Also, it's weird when you hear two different people playing the Doctor who aren't known for playing the Doctor, yet David Tennant is in this and he isn't the Doctor!? Why is one of his previous incarnations appearing to him in a mirror anyway? So, the Doctor is a woman who binge drinks and constantly burps. God, this is awful, and packed full of cheap laughs.
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Reviewed By: ParallaxReview Date: 4/24/14 3:20 pm
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This is a certainly a story that gets a lot of flack. While it does have it's flaws, it has some great moments, and when Arabella Weir gets to the heart of The Doctor's character, she pulls it off with aplomb.

While The Doctor and a her friends are heavy drinkers, the hangovers and vomiting that accompany it are more than what was necessary, they could have been toned down while still getting the idea across.

A shout out goes to Toby Longworth and David Tennant for their excellent portrayal of timelords in this story.

On the whole, this is a story with a wonderful conceit (The Doctor being so terrifying that he flees from his trial and hides on earth), a strong lead actress with a role that shines despite some weaker material, this story should at least be listened to once, and not completely avoided.