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39. Bang-Bang-A-Boom!

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 6/29/17 12:19 am
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The only critical thing I'm prepared to say about this story is that it isn't as good as "The One Doctor", but that's not so bad. Very few stories are as good as "The One Doctor". This is a worthy follow-up, and deserves to be much more popular than it evidently is.

I don't understand the complaints. This story has a great script. It manages to tell a well-crafted and effective mystery story despite being unapologetically silly. The silliness understandably causes people not to take the story seriously, but that makes it easy to miss how well-plotted the story is. In fact, the one area where "Bang-Bang-a-Boom!" actually surpasses "The One Doctor" is in the story. And the characters. The two areas where "Bang-Bang-a-Boom!" surpasses "The One Doctor"...

As a huge fan of "Star Trek", especially "Deep Space Nine", I appreciate the gentle but affectionate satire of my other favorite sci-fi franchise. As an American, I find the Eurovision Song Contest baffling and strange, but that doesn't get in the way of my enjoyment at all. I love "Bang-Bang-a-Boom!". It's delightful, charming, deceptively well-crafted, and endlessly re-listenable.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 10/3/16 5:25 am
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This story is a bit of a Star Trek parody that has the Seventh Doctor mistaken for the murdered new Commander of Dark Space Eight. The story off almost intolerably with a music announcer giving tedious descriptions of the characters and the two lead Dark Space Eight characters being over the top in matching stereotypes. Things improve considerably when the Seventh Doctor shows up as most of the truly funny moments in this story belong to him.

The story hits it stride when it becomes a murder mystery and there are some very nice plots and even some funny moments in the last part.

The story has some fun moments but you really do have to wait for them and wade through a lot of unentertaining material to get to them.

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 7/24/16 2:40 pm
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I’m in a bit of a hard place with this one as Bang-Bang-A-Boom! is the second satire from Roberts and Hickman, but instead of a satire on Doctor Who this one is a satire of many different things that I am not familiar with. Mainly this is a satire of the Star Trek franchise to the novels of Agatha Christe and the Eurovision Song Contest neither of which I am familiar with at all. This makes the story a great opportunity to see if Roberts and Hickman are good satirists as good satire can make you realize what it is doing without you having prior knowledge of what is being satirized. I would argue that this is a good satire as Roberts and Hickman work well at making fun of the core ideas of Star Trek and a lot of the tropes of the show and how it fell from grace after The Next Generation stopped airing in the mid-1990s. You have the ship’s technical officer who is a drunk, the doctor that has no idea what she’s doing and you have an alarm button placed in an almost too easy to reach place that it often goes off with false alarms. It is honestly really quite funny, but when compared to The One Doctor, this one has a lot of flaws.





The plot sees the Doctor and Mel arrive on Dark Space 8 where there are several murders taking place during the Intergalactic Song Contest which is actually a façade for the Peace Conference which is just a funny idea. The Doctor plays Poirot while Mel plays Watson and they have to find the murderer before it is too late. Sylvester McCoy gets a chance here to spread his comedic acting which is great as always. Unlike Season 24 the script works well for comedy as the Doctor is pretty much the fool throughout the story. He works really well off his costars especially Bonnie Langford, who is great in her own right and Patricia Quinn. Yes Magenta from The Rocky Horror Picture Show plays a big part in this story and she is over the top and amazing as always. I mean its Patricia Quinn in a Doctor Who comedy, if that doesn’t get you excited nothing will.





The supporting cast is mainly stereotypes of American science fiction characters which are all pulled off really well and I don’t want to give too much away as the story is just such a good one that letting out the jokes would be ruining some great comedy. Not all jokes make their mark as there are pauses that just don’t feel right and it’s obvious when something isn’t funny. I will say however to beware the pits of Angvia which gosh is hilarious. Also there is a The Curse of Peladon style ending scene which had me in stitches as it addresses the Doctor not being who he says he is which I love to bits. This story however has one main flaw which is its length. So each episode is announced by a continuity announcer which are all hilarious but it just makes you notice how long the episodes are which doesn’t help matters. Part Four has a great gag where you think it’s all over, but you’re only about halfway through the episode. The gag is great, however the following scenes aren’t as they drag on for way too long and just take you out of the action.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/6/15 3:34 pm
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Right, so 'Bang-Bang-Aboom!' is a Doctor Who parody of Star Trek, the Eurovision Song Contest and 'Space 1999'. Recorded on 1st and 2nd of October 2002 at The Moat Studios. Written by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman who wrote 'the One Doctor', which I enjoyed very much.

Dark Space 8 is a space station that will host the 309th Intergalactic Song Contest until they suffer a spate of murders. The seventh Doctor and Mel land just in time to get caught up in events.

The music is largely minimalist with a Theremin in the back ground giving a nice spooky but playful vibe, but there was an annoying habit of having an organ play the same three chords very loudly to emphasise certain moments. The effects are good and functional. The score to the story, alongside the scores to 'Dust Breeding and 'The Rapture', was released on the CD Music from 'the Seventh Doctor Audio Adventures'.

Bonnie and Sylvester are as good here as you will find them anywhere else, but for some reason Sylvester's Doctor is mixing up proverbs and playing spoons again. Those quirks got dropped after his first series so why are they back here? The rest of the cast are all over the top with silly voices but that fits in with the tone of the production which is an out and out attempt at comedy. Whereas 'the One Doctor' merely had humorous elements this was much more of an attempt at comedy.

Comedies are usually plot light because they rely on humour but humour is polarising and this isn't funny, but it is 2 and a half hours long. Luckily comedy episodes of usually serious programs exist in a kind of continuity bubble where they have no real impact on anything so luckily you can just ignore this audio drama and not miss anything.

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