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5.7 - Peri and the Piscon Paradox

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Reviewed By: jb_mastaReview Date: 11/20/18 3:54 am
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This is The Definitive Story for Peri, and by far the best character study for her. We get to know more about the Peri who travelled with the Fifth Doctor, excited to explore yet a little bit homesick at the same time. Coming face to face with the most unexpected of faces, it really gets her thinking.

The second disc is where the story is elevated to one of the greats. The two episodes here take you on an emotional roller coaster that make you want to revisit disc one to look for the hints of foreshadowing that are lost on that disc's POV.

The plot itself is fairly simple, the Fifth Doctor and Peri go to LA 2009 to stop the Piscon Zarl from getting up to no good, only for Peri's older self, who happens to be in LA at the time, to get involved. However it's Peri's reflections on who she is now and how she ends up the woman she's met that make this special. The second disc dials it up to eleven, where we learn first hand how the Peri from 2009 ticks, and you won't forget it.

The tone veers a lot towards comedy, but like The Kingmaker previously Nev Fountain balances the humour by giving the jokes a more serious side that forces you to re-evaluate them when played for comedy.

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Reviewed By: DoctorheyReview Date: 9/29/18 8:05 am
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Just amazing. It doesn't matter whether you are a fan of Peri or not, this story is excellent and is an emotional rollercoaster with the ending of the story being probably the best conclusion in any story I've listened to. To this story to make the full impact, I'd recommend having watched all of Peri's stories (Planet of Fire to Trial of A Timelord). I can't recommend this story enough.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 5/26/17 8:43 pm
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While this one features two Doctors who share the audio fairly equally, I consider this one a Sixth Doctor story mainly because of it centering around the Sixth Doctor's main companion of Peri and especially how Six ends up working his way in to the story. When Five and Peri arrive in LA 2009 to stop the plan of an evil fish named Zarl, they find help from an unexpected source: a future version of Peri who knows the dark secret of how and why he's there. But why is future Peri there in the first place and what's her story? This Companion Chronicle is one of the most powerful and yet unexpectedly hilarious audios you'll ever hear with a a strong social commentary on life, a big and complex story that really plays around with many tricks and surprises, and some very powerful performances from Baker and Bryant.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/14/15 10:01 am
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Peri and the Piscon Paradox features two Doctors and two Peris in a complex, hilarious, and occasionally poignant tale.

The Fifth Doctor and Peri arrive on Earth to confront an evil Piscon, who they find isn't so evil but is trying to commit "Suicide by Doctor" in hope of being reincarnated and they also encounter Peri's future self who is a hard as nails alien investigation agent. Or so we think. The adventure ends with the young Peri disillusioned from her older self and swearing never to become like her. Then we learn what really happened from the Older Peri's perspective, including how the Sixth Doctor plays into the story.

The comedy in this is hilarious. It manages to work in some hilarious barbs and social commentary. Young Peri on seeing the extremely thin women in advertisements and ponders how anyone could see that as healthy, let alone attractive and then concludes the super thin women must be the result of plagues warned about in the 1980s. While the older Peri wraps her head about regeneration by comparing the Doctor's regeneration to Madonna's constant reinventions.

Nev Fountain does a great job of making both Peris feel genuinely American and gives the older Peri almost a hard boiled feel. This is a two disc set and both discs end with some solid drama, touched with Irony. The end of the first disc tells us the story is set right before the Caves of Androzani and gives us a clue to why the Sixth Doctor behaved so bizarrely towards Peri while the Second Disc attempts to resolve all the alternate Peris in spin-off media.

Of course, the story could easily become a timey wimey exposition box-checking exercise, however Nicola Bryant's acting and a well-written script ensures that doesn't happen. She is superb, managing to play the two different Peris as two slightly different characters, but the same.

There are minor issues one can raise with this production. The Fifth Doctor is written a bit broadly, but that's forgivable for the comedy purposes. While Fountain does so much to make Peri sound genuinely American, there are a few lines that don't ring true such as when Older Peri suggests asking her younger self and the Doctor if they "fancy going to the pier," a phrase nobody uses over her unless they've been binge watching British TV. I also didn't like the comparison draw between the Sixth Doctor and Peri's Ex. But those are both quibbles. It's also fair to wonder how this story will hold up over time with all of its pop culture references. It captures early twenty-first Century America fine, but in 2030, it may seem a bit dated.

Still, the overall production is superb, with a great script and a flawless performance from Nicola Bryant. It's a must-hear Companion Chronicle.