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9.4 - Year of the Drex Olympics

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 4/22/19 2:45 pm
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"Year of the Drex Olympics" is a Second Doctor / Jamie / Victoria Short Trip that fills in an interesting gap in Who lore and places the TARDIS team into a sports story which surprisingly hasn't been done very often in series' history. There are a lot of fun moments and circumstances that come out of that initial setup pushing Jamie and especially Victoria into places that they might never have experienced otherwise and it's a fun expansion of their characters as the surprise effects of the games begin to take hold of them. There are also some neat little touches in how Paul Ebb's script introduces some of these concepts into the Whoniverse and it's a fun chance for something different from this era of Doctor Who.

However, other motivations are of course at play behind what's going on and not just the prominent one described in the synopsis. It's at this point after a fairly innovative first half that the story begins to fall flat as the entire premise of the competition is more or less dropped in favor of a boringly standard conflict over an obvious plot device. The narrative falls into the tricky trap of trying to force another conflict that's been done to death in much better stories elsewhere and the rest of the story ends up suffering for it as a result. There are also some strange lines that are written in a very weird way especially in how each event is described and the way it ends up handling the whole purpose of the story feels like a bit of a cop-out in a very rushed climax. Even with Frazer Hines' voice providing great narration and another near-perfect imitation of this TARDIS team, the tale really struggles in keeping your attention, especially with a minimal soundscape that's dull even for a Short Trip.

In trying to be unique even despite an obvious lack of confidence from its writer, "Year of the Drex Olympics does certainly try with elements that do work and are fun to hear for Second Doctor fans. But it's spoiled almost completely by a change in direction and motivation that ruins a good chunk of what was set up and wastes some amazing potential that could've been tapped otherwise. This is an adventure that's absolutely begging for not just a more exciting atmosphere and a full cast but from some major fine-tuning of story and script to take full advantage of its premise. In better hands, this story could've been an absolute knockout. As it stands now, it's disappointingly merely passable.  
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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 4/22/19 4:16 am
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Review : Year of the Drex Olympics
Location : Venus, City of Drex
Date : Unknown
Released today April 15th, 2019


What do you get when you have fourteen flat faced nuns with viciously sharp spears in each of their five green fleshy arms and one TARDIS which they have stolen and offered up as a prize in the Venusian Olympics? A challenge in which The Doctor, Victoria and Jamie must win her back.

The Doctor is teaching the principals of bio-fuel extraction from the surrounding jungles to the massed academics of the Drexian Energy Commission hoping to earn credits to be taught Drexian Aikido as he tells Jamie "It's high time I learned to protect myself, Jamie."

Frazer Hines the most masterful performer ever to be found by Big Finish in relation to portrayal of the Second Doctor eloquently exudes the humor of author Paul Ebbs in what was a simple recipe for an outstanding Short Trip. Hines does an amazing job of voicing Victoria in one of the few times I have found a male actor to be voicing a woman in a BF audio drama. He captures her stutters and emotional aura with top notch accuracy but as always he absolutely nails his character Jamie and of course The Doctor. I felt as if I were there on Venus with this TARDIS trio in 1960's black and white.

I find it quite odd that this story based on a time travel adventure and even clearly named "Year Of.." fails to mention what year it is. That is a stand out and unfortunate omission out of nothing more than ignorance by Paul Ebbs. I am shocked that Big Finish does not appear to have sufficient script editing in place to catch such an obvious and negligent flaw.

This story is full of colour and imaginative imagery that would have made it near impossible to film without big budgets such as Lord of the Rings or Star Wars/Trek. From the purple grass to the blue sweat this drama kept my attention and kept me laughing through out. Very pleased with this months Short Trip. If we only knew what year of the Drex Olympics it actually was.

- "Perhaps you might like to calm yourself to get your point across in the most amenable manner possible Doctor?" To which The Doctor exploded "I am calm!"

Runs 36 minutes