Reviewed By: Kamelion
Review Date: 4/1/19 3:14 am
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Doctors and Dragons
Location : Unknown
Date / Time : Unknown
Released : Today, March 27th, 2019
Alfie Shaw seems to have forgotten the simple and most basic facts about Doctor Who in that it is a drama based on time and space travel. There are no indications or references made to where or when this takes place.
Reader Sophie Aldred did in fact perform on film with Sylvester McCoy as recently as 30 years ago and three decades plus later she clearly shows boredom when reading this episode. Beyond the grand scheme of Big Finish where the odd fact that female voice readers often attempt to read and emulate a male Doctor (when males never read the parts of females) it was difficult for me to overlook the fact that she makes Doctor 7 sound like an elf. As we all know Sylvester McCoy is indeed elf like in ways yet this story does not have any indication that it is intended to be a comedy or comic - in fact the comics with Tom Baker were already released a few weeks ago with Iron Legion and the Star Beast. Perhaps Sophie was at the studio for those and confused Doctors and Dragons as being a comedy. Either way it didn't work for me.
Alfie Shaw played the Laser Disk video game called Dragon's Lair published by Cinematronics in 1983 at some point. I promise you that. He has. Dirk the Daring IS Reya. I will bet a bag full of British pounds that he has also played Dungeons and Dragons. Probably a lot.
While the Doctor has encountered dragons in the past it is surprisingly rare. Since the Doctor doesn't have a companion and the author wasn't even responsible enough to mention when and where this is I will just call out the obvious right from the get go. March tends to be a weak month for Short Trips and this is no different. This is a feeble attempt to associate Doctor Who with this story. There is no TARDIS, the Doctor is already there waiting to protect the dragon and then that tiny little thing about time meddling? The Doctor seems to be attempting to change fate which he is not supposed to do. But hey, he can play music with cutlery.
I've made a firm promise to never, EVER use the word "brilliant" when reviewing a Doctor Who story but I have never made the promise to never state when one sucks. I hope not to have to say it often but when finishing this story the feeling I was left with was a slight laugh and the conclusion of "Wow, that sucked!"
At least it was only 3£.
Runs 38 Min