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7.6 - How to Win Planets and Influence People

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 3/26/19 8:17 pm
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'How to Win Planets and Influence People' is a strange little tale taking the form of a seminar presented to an intergalactic corporation by Rufus Hound's Meddling Monk. The subject: how to invade the Earth including how to handle a mischievous do-gooder simply known as the Doctor. It's an idea that's absolutely perfect for the format of a Short Trip and thankfully it follows through to near perfection being a real knockout of a listen that takes full advantage of what it has to offer.

It succeeds in being hilarious while taking a hard knock at many common sense tropes not just within Doctor Who and sci-fi but in all stories regarding invasions in general and it's easily one of the funniest meta-narrative pieces I've ever heard in an audio format. Granted there are one or two moments where the premise does turn into a lighter highlight real of Meddling Monk failures which do take away from it slightly especially in the end which is a bit predictable. Those moments are not nearly as interesting as the main premise but they do serve a purpose story-wise in the course of the plot so it's hard to fault it too much for that especially when everything else about it is so good.

What really makes it work though is the exceptional Rufus Hound given the story all to himself for the entirety of the runtime with no other actors to stop him. It's just him as the Monk ranting, rambling, and talking in his very distinct voice and personality and as always with the character, it's incredibly entertaining and enjoyable. James Goss' clever script takes full advantage of the character in some very strong writing even managing to work in a 'War of the Worlds' jab that's subtle but absolutely brilliant.

That's really the best way to describe this story as a whole in fact: subtle but brilliant. 'Planets' works not just as a hilarious character piece for the Monk but also an examination of Doctor Who and some of its story-telling nuts and bolts we've heard a billion times over. It deserves most of the praise it gets and is easily one of the best Short Trips out there for your listening pleasure. 
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 10/4/18 12:24 am
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A delightful and silly story told from the standpoint of The Meddling Monk
giving a seminar on how to thwart The Doctor and conquer Earth. The boardroom presentation setting lends itself extremely well to the Short Trip format as it gives a very natural reason for The Monk to be narrating. The effect is a short that feels more like a full cast audio. Add a very colorful and funny script and the end result is a high mark for the range.
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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 7/13/18 2:20 am
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No denying it - this will influence you and win you over to the short trips range.

Too marks for humour and charm.
I’ve not heard Rufus as the monk until this but gosh is he a laugh and a half.
Yes I’m terribly eager to continue short Trips and hunt down the full cast audios featuring Rufus now.

A must 10/10
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/30/17 12:56 am
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Pure comedy gold. The Meddling Monk is a speaker at a corporate as the company gets ready for the ultimate alien villain goal-taking over the Earth. Before they get ready to go, the Monk has a few words of wisdom and advice--wisdom learned the hard way from his battles with the Doctor.

Rufus Hound absolutely goes to town in this one. He excels in this format deliver a comedic tour de force. The writing is clever and hilarious: poking fun at Doctor Who and general Sci Fi tropes, as well as throwing in just a bit of social commentary about human society. The Monk is so good at describing common sense tips for a good invasion as well as telling of his hilariously well-planned invasion and the Doctor's good natured overturning of his plans that it's easy to miss that the speech has a purpose and there's another plan afoot.

Overall, this is a simply magnificent story and one the best and smartest Big Finish Doctor Who comedy story ever.

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