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4.2 - Situation Vacant

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 11/20/15 1:14 am
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Situation Vacant does something that would be reused in the New Series with Deep Breath by attracting the Doctor's attention with a mysterious add. Eddie Robson's story does a lot more with the concept than Deep Breath ever did. The add brings in four different types of potential companions who all are revealed to be not who they said they were. Three of them aren't even human and one of them, Juliet, is just out of work actress Tamsin Drew. Tamsin is the least qualified but the only one who is a decent person as the other three have ulterior motives. Tamsin is just curious about an odd advertisement she found in the paper. The story is another character driven piece and the story is your typical Doctor Who story with robots and a mineral that can destroy the world.

The story is great for some character fluff and is really just a funny runaround a hotel, like Shadow of the Scourge without the dark New Adventures stuff. Tamsin doesn't win me over completely, but we've had worse and Niky Wardley is a good actress for the part.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/11/15 7:29 pm
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Doctor Who meets the Apprentice. It's an amazing concept that Big Finish manages to make work brilliantly. It's not the first time the Eighth Doctor Adventures played off modern television as they did in Max Warp (Doctor Who meets Top Gear.)

The Doctor arrives at a hotel conference room to find four people eager to be his next Companion. They face a series of challenges. With the Doctor even dismissing one of them in classic apprentice style at the end of Episode 1.

This is a very funny and clever story. Eddie Robson wrote this and this is peppered with his unique style and humor, and manages to have great twists and surprises so while the story borrows from the style of the Apprentice, it doesn't feel like its derivative.

In the midst of the comedy, hijinks, and alien and robot plots, there are also two great dramatic moments. The first is the Eighth Doctor's speech about what his companions mean to him and the second is when the new companion speaks about their life and why they really want to travel with the Doctor. This story was a delight.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 2/4/13 7:42 am
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Lots of fun to be had. Honestly it is a kind of silly story that would only fit in with 8DA. I am a fan of the genre though, so it was interesting to see how it would play out in this context.

I did enjoy the revelations in the second episode and how thye fitted in.

Its no masterpiece, but it is fun.

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Reviewed By: EiphelReview Date: 7/5/12 11:05 pm
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Situation Vacant is undoubtedly founded upon a gimmick, of the kind that I usually find dated and frustrating, distorting characterisation and plot in favour of expanding a one note joke into the conceit of a story. Max Warp is a perfect example of this, and I have little time for that story.

What a pleasant surprise, then, to find Situation Vacant carried of with such a knack that you can tell some real intelligence was put into it. The conceit itself is drawn organically from the plot (Robson and Barnes point to the way that companions already have a self-conscious 'auditioning' quality about them in their first stories). Better still, rather than allow the gag to twist the characters out of shape, Robson has set out to find creative means of execution which synergise style and substance to great effect. The plot turns out to be an unexpectedly tricky, chimeric thing that took my assumption of a dumb joke story and thoroughly outwitted me.

The four budding candidates are all caricatures to some extent, but that too is a bit of a subversion, as none of them end up being the simple cyphers you expect of them. All four are very entertaining, but I was particularly engaged by Shelley Conn as Asha. I could have seen her work as a companion.

It's also a joy to hear McGann in such fine fettle. He clearly did find a second wind working on this series, and he's lovely to hear here.

All considered, you can't escape the fact that Situation Vacant remains a gimmick. It won't age well - it's already starting to date - and it's not likely to see much relistening. It succeeds, though, in being a thoroughly entertaining execution of a gimmick, on first listen at least. 6/10