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2.2a - Prison in Space

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 2/16/19 6:20 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

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.

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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.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 9/27/17 10:22 am
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Very fun, not to be taken too seriously story. I like to think when this story was planned back in the 60's it was influenced in some way to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, with the parallels to Nurse Ratched in the form of Chairman Babs.
The humour is, as mentioned in another TimeScales review below, great fun in regards to the Political Correctness of society in our current times, of course I wouldn't support such a story nowadays, its just a good tounge-and-cheek story.
Plus I love the Troughton era so this may be a guilty pleasure :)
Again, don't take this one too seriously :P
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/11/15 7:47 pm
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I find the narration in 'Prison in Space' to be more intrusive than say 'The Queen of Time'. Ok, what would life under a Maternal society be like is an interesting hypothetical. This however is not interesting. For me tongue in cheek is another euphemism for unfunny joke - (cf. 'Bang-Bang-Aboom!') I can't say I found it funny, or even that sexist to be honest – I mean yeah it is, but that aspect tends to get overplayed; then again there is that spanking scene. It was just boring and dreadful. Even the name Chairman Babs sounds like it has been lifted from a 'Carry On' film. The idea that she would have a bit off a crush on the Doctor is odd, and given that the writer had the Doctor delivering most of Jaime’s’ sexist lines it just high lights how badly written this is. Plus it's dreadfully boring, and the ending with Babs being rejected by the doctor fails to have any emotional impact as it's so gauche.
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Reviewed By: St. XtoferReview Date: 6/24/15 11:25 am
1 out of 8 found this review helpful.

This story is liable to irritate sexist folk, be they feminists or mysogynists (let's face it, there's really only one difference between the two), and I appreciate it for that. A very tongue-in-cheek story that is refreshingly lacking modern day political correctness. Interesting, well paced and frequently humorous. Some great performances by Frazier and Wendy and Co. And well produced. It had a tangible 60's feel to it. Fun.