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35. ...ISH

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Reviewed By: LorcanReview Date: 5/11/19 11:53 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Ish is a very interesting and experimental story. The doctor and peri attend a lexicographer conference where a complete dictionary of every word in english ever is to be unveiled but the doctor finds its creator dead in her study. The dialogue in this story is very cleverly written and really plays with the english language. Six and peri were the perfect doctor and companion pairing for this kind of story.

There are a lot of high concept ideas in ish such as living words and infinite words. Unfortunetley i found a some of these ideas a bit too high concept and i didn't think they made complete sense all the time. The performances were great however and six and peri play off each other brilliantly.

This is a decent story that i wanted to like more than i did but i still think its good. I respect how this story tried to be very experimental and i would recommend it just for that.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 6/24/17 5:08 pm
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Here's a point that has to be dealt with up front. There's something inescapably parochial about a story that celebrating English as this one does. What's so special about English? There's something distinctly odd about the Doctor celebrating one particular language as he does. Much of the time, characters use the words "English" and "language" almost interchangeably. It's awkward, and a little bit off-putting, but I'm prepared to forgive it on the basis that this is a story produced by and for people who speak English. What makes the English language special, as far as this story is concerned, is that it is the language of its audience.

Has there ever been a "Doctor Who" story more suited to its Doctor/companion team than this one? Not only does it take full advantage of Colin Baker's love of language, but it actually makes use of the fact that Peri is American.

I have to say that I just love this story to little bits. It's certainly not perfect, though. I'm not entirely sure the story makes sense, and despite having listened to it many, many times over the years, I couldn't adequately explain it to someone else. But in this case, that really doesn't bother me at all. Not only is the story bursting with interesting idea, but the dialogue is outstanding, making the whole thing an absolute delight to listen to. The script also shows an impressive command of structure. Notice how the Doctor's and Peri's investigations proceed separately but in parallel. That's not an uncommon technique, but I've rarely seen it deployed as smoothly or effectively as it is here.
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Reviewed By: HoovianReview Date: 10/16/16 4:26 pm
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A great fun story. See if you can spot the Blackadder and H2G2 references. A highly enjoyable story all round. Highly recommended.
A more intellectual story written for those who love words.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/24/16 3:30 am
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...Ish is a story it took me a while to get into. It plumbs deep philosophical depths. There's a theme of anarchism v. order that works its way through the tale. Do dictionaries and other rules that establish boundaries give our lives definition or do they serve as a straight jacket that limit freedom of expression. At times, ...Ish is also a love song to the English language. No other Doctor could pull this story off in the same way that Baker does.

While the plot may be a bit more cerebral than typical Doctor Who, there's some good humorous moments throughout. The Sixth Doctor and Peri seem to have hit their stride over audio in terms of how the characters relate. Overall, this is a great example of the experimental approach taken by early Big Finish. While this approach could be hit and miss, this one was definitely a hit.