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Reviewed By: doctormysterioReview Date: 1/21/19 6:58 pm
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This standalone fourth doctor story sees the Doctor and Romana being dragged into the schemes of Time Lord con artist Drax.

John Dorney has done a fantastic job in creating a story full of absurd surprises, as Drax's scheme unfolds quite differently than everyone is expecting. The plot gets funnier and crazier with every twist.

The Fourth Doctor, Romana and K9 are great as always, though it is Drax who steals the show in this story.

This is one of the funniest stories I've heard from Big Finish. I will be returning frequently to this hour's worth of timey-wimey craziness.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review 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. 

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 11/2/18 2:53 am
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When you hear the name John Dorney, comedy is something that doesn't really come to mind. Dorney as a writer is probably most famous for writing dramatically toned stories for ranges like Dark Eyes and Doom Coalition, but his entry for Series 5 of the Fourth Doctor Adventures is a comedy heist story in the vain of Douglas Adams. The Trouble With Drax has no right to be good: it brings back a character from The Armageddon Factor and only has an hour to play around with its ideas. One of Dorney's biggest strengths is the ability to use his allotted time to tell a funny heist story with plenty of left field twists and turns, though not ones without an adequate amount of foreshadowing.

The Trouble With Drax is a story with a star studded cast: Ray Brooks plays the regenerated Time Lord with aplomb, paying tribute to the late Barry Jackson though toning down some of the characters more eccentric actions. Hugh Fraser and John Challis provide excellent supporting parts suited to each actors strengths and Miranda Raison plays a Scottish comedy policewoman. Tom Baker of all the actors is not stealing the show as he is surrounded by actors who can match his bombast and is upstaged by Lalla Ward's Romana (in a good way) and John Leeson's K9 who play the straight men to the farcical situations which surround the characters. The biggest twist however is the slightest setback for the story as on relisten or if the twist is ruined for the listener, there will not be nearly as much enjoyment than if you go in cold, so beware of reading other reviews.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/29/16 1:27 pm
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The Trouble with Drax brings back the character of Drax from the Armageddon Factor and the Doctor finds himself press ganged into his latest scheme-a caper to steal something called "The Enigma Casket," from a legendary place that is only rumored to exist.

The story starts out looking like a fairly straightforward tale but quickly becomes a quite complicated (though not convoluted) plot involving a Blinovitch Limitation Effect Limiter. The script by John Dorney is brilliant as he perfectly captures the spirit of Season 17, and the guest cast is one of the best Big Finish has assembled. Easily, a highlight of the season.

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