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123c. The Company of Friends - Izzy's Story

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/16/18 2:53 pm
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This should, perhaps, be called Carry On Doctor (Who). It is a one off (thankfully!) adventure making up one part of The Company of Friends anthology. It does not relate to the rest of the anthology but apparently fits into the Doctor's timeline in between two of the other anthology episodes (after Benny's Story and before Mary's Story) all of which precede any other existing audio adventures.

This is as bad as Doctor Who gets as far as I am concerned. Sadly I found nothing to like in it. The apparent attempt at a comedic story totally falls flat to me. It comes across as a rejected script for Carry On film as it is that style of old fashioned, extremely un-PC, saucy postcard level humour. However, most Carry On films were funny whereas this is more like the likes of Carry On Emmannuelle i.e. the dregs at the bottom of the outdated comedy barrel. There is a lot of unfunny camp stuff which borders on offensive because it is so lacking wit and ineptly written and performed. Paul McGann is of course an extremely competent actor but he cannot deliver this awful script in a way that in any way can save it. McGann alone perhaps adds a point on the score but even then it does not even rate above 2/10 for me. The worst TV adventures ever, such as The Twin Dilemma, are extremely disappointing and well below expected standard but this is far below even their level as far as my tastes are concerned.

The plot involves a reality and fantasy mish mash based around comic book adventures. It could have worked as a comedic episode but is so badly done it is just an embarrassing mess. The story does not make any sense and is just plain silly. The performances are sub-1970s stereotyped characterisations. It is very shockingly disappointing.

I always try to be constructive and you will find if you read any review I post that I am generally more positive than most. For this to get such a negative review from me it really had to have very little or nothing I could find to enjoy or appreciate. I am amazed the ratings from others are not so bad and better than various other adventures. Each to their own. This is not for me at all I am sorry to say.

Overall: 1/10
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/8/15 6:12 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Izzy's Story: Izzy is a comic book character who started life in a DWM comic strip, so it's appropriate that this adventure is all about a comic book; again, another melodrama and another one off performance for a companion. Apparently, Jemima Rooper had been auditioned to play Rose Tyler in 2005. Her performance here is so over the top to match the tongue in cheek tone that I can't tell if she would have made a good Rose or not. Unfortunately, this doesn't manage pull off the humour as well as the previous story. It's an inconsequential story with a character most people will be unfamiliar with and won't care greatly about.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/10/15 10:32 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Most fans of older science fiction will empathize with Izzy to some degree. Lost episodes, missing stories, this sort of thing fuels many a fan's imagination as to what happened and it's at the core of this story about a character who was from the comic strips.

Still, I think this story goes a tad over the top in a way that just doesn't work quite well and it feels far less accessible that Fitz's story. Overall, this is amusing but not great and certainly doesn't make the Doctor-Companion relationship compelling.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/3/15 7:15 pm
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This sees the 8th Dr assisting an overly enthusiastic British comic fan. The fan is dying to get her hands on the issue revealing the identity of a lead character. This story as no impact on any of the story arcs for the Doctor Who of any of the 10 or more. It is merely a fun frolic. It shows off the skills of Paul McGann and how slickly he plays the part of the Doctor without a worry. I would not say that this is best 25 minutes of the 8th Doctor but it is fun and there are worse ways to spend 25 minutes with the Doctor.