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46. Flip-Flop

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/4/17 10:41 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I consider this story to be a spiritual successor to "The One Doctor" and "Bang-Bang-a-Boom!". Of course, everyone focuses on the unique plot structure, and for good reason. But they tend to overlook everything else, like a) it's very funny, b) it has a Christmas theme, and c) Mel is in it.

The gimmick is, of course, a gimmick.The idea of a two-disc story where the discs can be listened to in either order puts something of a limitation on the story. Writer Jonathan Morris meets the challenge by giving us a fascinating causal loop. It all comes down to a seemingly momentous decision that isn't quite as momentous as it seems. This all depends on one great contrivance.... that the consequences to Puxatoree are equally calamitous either way. Either the planet is poisoned by a disastrous war with the Slithergees, or the Slithergees gradually take over the planet and oppress the humans.

That's two terrible versions of history, and in each one, the inhabitants assume it would all be better if one key decision had been decided the other way. On each disc of this story, the Doctor and Mel arrive on one Puxatornee, travel back in time to change history, and end up leaving from the other Puxatornee. Along the way, the same plot beats repeat themselves with small, but fascinating variations. And despite the deliberate repetition, it's not at all boring.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 2/7/17 8:25 pm
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I enjoyed Flip-Flop. It was experimental for the time when Big Finish had found there feet and were starting to get into some more bolder things. The ability to listen to the story in any order is clever and although the listener can easily put together what happens next, you are still surprised by some of the differences to your expectations; the story was timey-wimey before it was cool :P
The review below makes a good point about the planet being constantly apart of competing timelines with the Doctor and Mel apart of which makes the mind think and can get a little confusing when trying to make sense of how they escaped, but still it was a good audio nonetheless, recommended for anybody who wants to try something different from Big Finish.
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Reviewed By: Ichabod NoodleReview Date: 1/20/17 1:11 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Spoilers Ahead:::::

As timey-wimey stories go this would have to be close to the timiest-wimiest of them all.

I really enjoyed the conceit behind this story. I listened to the White Disc first and so when I got only a little way into the black disc I knew what was going to happen, but it did not lessen my enjoyment of that disc - working out what was going on and what the plot point markers were going to be was an enjoyable exercise. But I was left with a number of questions. The main one of which is -What Happens Next?

There are two doctors and two Mels, from different time lines, both heading back to the Pinto with the crystals. What happens to the second set? Or the first set? It seems to me that the world of Puxatorney is now stuck in an endless loop of competing time lines and the Doc and Mel are part of it. The end of the black disc leads to the start of the white disc and the end of the white disc leads to the start of the black disc. How do they ever actually escape it?

Thoroughly enjoyable though.

Next time I listen to it (after a suitable interval) I'll have to listen to the black disc first - see if that changes anything.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/1/17 5:34 am
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Flip-Flop has a unique gimmick of being a two disc release that you can listen to either disk and still get the plot. The experimental nature of the story really does hold your intention. It's like an interesting puzzle that you have an idea what it will look like (particularly after you finish the first disc) but you're intrigued to see how all the pieces will lock together.

The cast does a good job on this. I liked how Stewart and Reed sounded like very different characters depending on which timeline they were in because their experiences are so different. The story involves attempts to change history and in both cases, one character's fatal flaw contributing to everything going wrong.

Beyond that, the story does have a feeling of a morality tale. It's almost a rebuff to some simple stories that imagine changing a simple fact of history like the Kennedy assassination will solve a great problem. Flip-Flop suggests that it's more complex than that. If you do change history, you may not like the outcome because our problems and challenges rarely come down to one moment in real life as they often do in fiction.


Overall, a well done experimental script.