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27. The One Doctor

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Reviewed By: EightsGirlReview Date: 7/7/17 5:03 pm
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This audio is pure gold! From start to finish, every moment is fantastic. And it's hilarious, which works especially well for Six and him playing the straight man to the comedy. Definitely worth multiple listens'
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 6/11/17 8:05 pm
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I adore this story. It's unapologetically silly. It's very nearly a parody of "Doctor Who", which is a pretty bold thing for a "Doctor Who" story to be. And yet, it also works, just about, as a "Doctor Who" story. The script is gorgeous, the performances are all deftly balanced just on the right side of camp, and the whole thing works brilliantly a glorious celebration of everything bizarre and ridiculous and wonderful about our favorite show. This isn't just a good story, although it is a very good story. This is a gift. I feel genuinely grateful that this story exists. My life as a "Doctor Who" fan would be poorer if not for the existence of this remarkable gem.

Thank you Gareth Roberts, Clayton Hickman, Big Finish, and all the cast and crew who created this wonderful story. Thank you all so much.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/9/16 2:00 pm
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Comedy is hard, even more so in Science Fiction. The One Doctor does an amazing job finding the right balance and telling a story that's funny but not stupid or untrue the characters.

The Sixth Doctor and Mel find themselves in the vulgar period of time where all the secrets of the Universe are known including that of the existence of the Doctor. It's so well know that a con man and his girlfriend have set up a racket impersonating the Doctor and his companion in hopes of collecting money from grateful citizens. The two impostors succeed in thwarting the Sixth Doctor's attempt to expose them. However, when an alien cylinder issues an ultimatum requiring the Doctor's action, only the real Doctor can do it.

Colin Baker and Bonnie Langsford are both superb. Gareth Roberts' writing is effortlessly funny, so he doesn't have to have them act out of character for cheap laughs. The result is a story that showcases hol the Sixth Doctor and Mel can work together. Christopher Biggins is a great foil for Colin Baker as the fake Doctor Banto Zane, and the best scenes in the story are when they got at one another.

Overall, this is a delightful story full of clever dialogue, fun characters, and a few well-done audio gags. The only comedy better than this in Doctor Who is City of Death.

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 6/19/16 9:51 pm
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The Doctor Who Christmas Special has become a tradition for Doctor Who since the revival yet I’ve never really been a fan of them. Yeah The Christmas Invasion, The Runaway Bride, A Christmas Carol, and The Husbands of River Song are alright but the others range from bad at their best, but awful at their worst. This mold may be difficult to break out of but as it is a much older and before the creation of the tropes seen in the Christmas specials, The One Doctor is one of my favorite audios. The first thing it does right is the fact that even though this is a Christmas Special, it doesn’t have a thing to do with Christmas with the exception of the post credits scene showing the Doctor and Mel sharing Christmas dinner, referencing “The Feast of Steven” and The Chase. Roberts and Hickman decide to instead just create a Christmas pantomime that parodies the traditional tropes of Doctor Who in a joking fashion.





The plot sees the Doctor and Mel, in the middle of a game of Monopoly, land in the Generios system at the foul end of the universe after receiving a distress call, but when they get there the system has already been saved by the Doctor and his assistant and fiancé Sally Ann. The Doctor doesn’t believe this man as he didn’t feel the presence of another incarnation and of course it isn’t the Doctor, it’s Banto Zame who is a conman creating an alien invasion and using the Doctor’s name to save the system and make money. The twist of the story is there is actually an alien invasion appearing at the end of Part One and the four have to gather the three greatest treasures of the system and get them back to the Cylinder in three hours. This gives us two episodes where we have Mel and Zame on the IKEA Planet where they have to build the Shelves of Infinity while the Doctor and Sally Ann go on a game show where they find Mentos which is a supercomputer who has to answer questions until he gets one wrong. The final treasure is a diamond guarded by a Jelloid. Each treasure is a biting satire on first the Daleks, second the Cybermen and third the idea of all aliens being evil, as some are quite nice. I can’t give away too much of the jokes but know they are great.





Colin Baker and Christopher Biggins as the Doctor and Banto Zame work well off each other as Zame is a parody of Six which the authors are quick to point out, but while Six can be arrogant he is never cruel like Zame. Six may have had the worst introduction but his actions were never this horrible. Biggins steals the show as the conman who has everyone wrapped around his finger and has his arrogance be his own downfall. Again there are plenty of jokes between the two characters which I love and I won’t spoil here. Mel and Sally Ann are greatly performed by Bonnie Langford and Claire Buckfield. Mel really shines as a likeable character as she is ever the optimist and knows to never give up. Her jealousy seen also makes her feel a bit more real as a character which I love. Sally Ann is also great as she is the parody of the much loved Sarah Jane Smith and she has her own goals in life but is tied down with Banto Zame. The supporting cast are all caricatures of other Doctor Who tropes from throughout the Classic Series which I won’t ruin for you if you haven’t gotten to it yet.