Reviewed By: Guiannos
Review Date: 2/16/19 6:20 pm
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As a story, Prison in Space isn't bad. It's light fare that takes some well worn tropes (even for its day) and plays them fairly predictably. The planet dominated by women concept is front and center with all the plot elements you would expect such as Jamie donning a dress and Zoe being coerced to side with her gender over her friends. The female leader Babs falling in love with the Doctor since he is the fist man she has encountered not kowtowed into submission is also par for the course. There's nothing exceptional happening here but it's got a crisp pace and a light-hearted vibe that makes for an enjoyable listen.
The sexism is definitely as shockingly blatant as other reviewers suggest. The format is very narration heavy, practically an extended cast Companion Chronicle more than a full cast audio, and that comes with a lot of descriptions of attractive young women in tight outfits. I see this as a failing of the adaptation more than anything. It would have been clear on screen and not at all out of place in the 60's for ladies in catsuits to make up the bulk of the cast. When described, though, it seems a little tasteless. Maybe it could have been shifted to dialogue of Jamie making a remark about an attractive lassie but he is already given a lot of sexist lines as it is. Plus Jamie has the spanking scene. Oh, my. The whole concept of it is jawdroppingly horrible by today's standards. After some of the more liberal characters of the 60's it would have been a huge step backwards for the show and I'm not sure it would have gone over well in its day. Other than that, Babs' infatuation with the Doctor and ultimate downfall could have worked had it led to more of a general awareness of her populace of the suppression of sexuality or whatnot but instead it is a hollow case of a man coming in and saving the men from being henpecked. Some of the flaws can be chalked up to the society during which the story was written but the problems run deeper than that.
So, not a bad story. Certainly not as offensive or terrible as other reviews make it out to be. But your milage may vary and depending on your sensibilities this could be a good one to skip.