Reviewed By: JMChurch25
Review Date: 12/3/18 9:26 pm
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The Fourth Doctor, Romana II, and K9 are forced to land on a spaceship piloted by an old acquaintance of theirs, the crooked cockney Time Lord Drax from "The Armageddon Factor". Drax has regenerated since their last meeting and he and his crew are hoping for the Doctor's help in searching for a city supposedly lost to time with the potential for riches, fame, and dark secrets that could affect the lives of billions. The Doctor is pressganged into helping the team find a particular object they are searching for with the lives of Romana and K9 on the line. But what does Drax really need the Doctor for and what exactly are the motives behind Drax's team?.....'Trouble with Drax' is a madcap story with a fast pace and lots of fun surprises you couldn't pay me to spoil here. The plot starts off as a traditional Ocean's 11/Indiana Jones search for a lost city story that just happens to take place in space and time. But it rapidly takes a turn into the weird and the insane that breaks several laws of time in more ways than one. The soundscape and script by John Dorney (who's rapidly becoming my favorite Big Finish writer) is appropriately techno with lots of great effects and moments that are perfectly reminiscent of the Graham Williams era. It makes the audio strange, complicated, and larger in its scale than meets the eye that will keep you guessing all the way through. But it's also very light and fun with plenty of laugh out loud moments that make it an absolute blast of a listen. The cast is very strong with Tom Baker, Lalla Ward, and John Gleeson all fabulous as usual. But this time they take a surprising backseat to the character of Drax whose presence and influence pervades and envelops the entire narrative. To give away how and why would be to constitute massive spoilers but needless to say he's a refreshingly fun grey Time Lord character and a fantastic foil to Four and Romana. His actions are perfectly and hilarious within character even to where he can't quite handle things when they get out of hand and I'm impressed at how much the script manages to stretch what the character can do from a relatively boring one-off appearance. This story turns him into one of the most interesting Time Lord characters we have and I hope we get to see more of him in the future. Some members of the side cast are a little bit dull and there are some slower moments of dialogue that don't exactly grab you. But don't let those flaw dissuade you because "The Trouble with Drax" is one of the strongest Four stories I've heard in a long while and a brisk listen that flies by. It's simply amazing from start to finish and you'll be interested, intrigued, surprised, and laughing more than once before its end.