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8.2 - Planet of the Drashigs

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/19/19 6:24 am
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This story is essentially Jurassic Park for Drashigs but manages to raise the insanity above even that. This is yet another strong outing for Tom Baker who is given another script that allows him to show the alien nature of his Doctor and is also given some opportunity to butt heads with a local authority figure.

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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 3/5/19 3:24 pm
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Planet of the Drashigs is an above average story, bringing the Drashigs back to Doctor Who with a mostly enjoyable second outing for the new TARDIS crew. Tom Baker stars as the Fourth Doctor, and Jane Slavin stars as Ann Kelso, alongside Fenella Woolgar as Vanessa Seaborne. Baker takes on a larger role in this story, compared to the previous one, and fittingly, his role is memorable. There’s shades of his excellent performance from Night of the Vashta Nerada in this story, as his character is confronted by some of the deadliest predators in the universe. Slavin’s role in the story is somewhat reduced, but she still manages to bring a lot of character to the story with her harder take on the companion. Woolgar is a delightful guest star, bringing a lot of heart and strength to the story, while bouncing off of Baker’s performance well. Phil Mulryne returns to the Fourth Doctor Adventures with a script that sees the return of the Drashigs, but sometimes feels a bit muted, despite a strong premise. The return of the Drashigs is a highlight of the script, as it’s clear that Mulryne has a lot of affection for the monsters. They’re well-utilized throughout the story, and Mulryne updates them fairly well. The plotting is good throughout the adventure, delivering a tense visit to a deadly alien world for the Doctor and Ann, but I was a disappointed that Mulryne put Ann on the backburner for much of the story. She’s a lively character, thanks mostly to Jane Slavin’s performance, but Mulryne doesn’t quite harness her character well enough, instead portraying her more as a, “yes woman” for the Doctor, despite some promising scenes early on. Overall, Planet of the Drashigs is an enjoyable adventure, featuring the welcome return of the Drashigs, though Ann Kelso’s role in the story is somewhat of a let down.
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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 3/3/19 5:58 am
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Planet of the Drashigs

Location : The dwarf planet or planetoid of Numenor Minor
Date : Unknown

Ann Kelso travels to her first alien planet.

Yes, the name of the planet of the Drashigs is an apparent tribute to J. R. R. Tolkein. And if these monsters look familiar yep, we have seen them before. The Third Doctor encountered the Drashigs in 1973 in the TV story Carnival of Monsters. You gotta love the Drashigs. Any monsters that eat humans (and goats) alive with such violent vigor that they end up shredding the bones most certainly make for a fun and cute story.

The Doctor Four ends up uncrateing and activating K9 Mark 2 and he and Ann get off to a good start. His new mistress exclaims "A robot dog. I have seen it all." To which the Doctor corrected her with "No you have not".

Drashigs was a story where upon listening to it the first time I wrongfully assumed "Well, this is a the weaker one of the set." Actually I do not know that there is any such thing as a weaker story of an audio box set. I think that presumption comes from the old TV series where they would have an episode confined to one set due to budget constraints. After the second listen I was left feeling that I most certainly did not appreciate this story anywhere near as much on the original session with it.

The plot has a shocking similarity to a Jurrasic Park movie yet the ending is far better than that Hollywood epic. I do wish writer Phil Mulryne had been clearer about the date in time since Doctor Who is about time travel but other than that I really did enjoy his Jurrasic Prank.

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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 2/28/19 4:17 am
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A fun enough romp and a pleasant return of a very cool pertwee era monster the drashig which this time comes in varied species !
The story take a familiar tone as a park where people can spectate the beast in their habitats goes into chaos.
The small and dealieast emerald drashiga get loose and the doctor his brill new companion and the park representatives must stop them!

Good easy going story 7/10

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