Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 3/26/15 6:20 pm
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No6 and Flip are on board for this adventure, which, has elements that remind me of the Trueman Show film and Pleasentville, especially in the later half of the drama. We learn quite early on that Trans Gel a entertainment, television service is not in the best of health. The owner of the station Augustus Scullop as removed himself to the planet Transmission, to lick his wounds and also to formulate a new form of entertainment, a much more involved 3D spectacular, one that will fully immerse the viewer, and the show is called Laser. However the means and method of how the he has gone about this are far from the norm, he has employed the skills of a Professor Helen Sheppard. But she has purchased the machine from the dreamspinners of Dashra from the 9th Galaxy, who could alter reality using mathematics, the machine is one she has purchased and it has become dangerous as it could so easily start to re-write reality. Especially when the alternative reality is too near the actual. The Prof thinks she has got this sorted, but we find that is not the case, as the 5 minute time delay between realities is no real safe guard. The machine itself as also got the attention of a certain farcical alien race of the Porcian.
The Doctor and Flip get pulled into the events when the Doctor who is trying to watch an old test match, on his visual time device in his TARDIS, somehow a rift with the reality engine that Professor Sheppard as sold to Scullop and the Doctors technology clash, this resulting in Flip ending up in an alternative reality TV Show, which is cast with real actors which have been code generated duplications, the Doctor on the other hand as ended up watching the events unfurl from the viewer's perspective, in the lab with the Prof and Augustus. Things start to go horribly wrong however when Flip's life is put at risk by the actual events in the drama, as it unfolds. We have a more than villain in Krarn, who comes across as a super villain. After witnessing Flip's apparent death the Doctor and the Professor Sheppard step across realities to see if Flip is really dead.
There are quite a few similes here, Dreamworld with Yul Brinner in some respects. It crosses a few styles here, the story is reminiscence of those films from the 1950's red under the bed from the States, more in the sense of the way that the action plays out, with Laser being the hero, chisel jaw and all. The baddies was straight out of Bond, and the clichüs come through with a pleasant feel, as, they are camped up. Colin is excellent as the Doctor, and I especially like the character here played by Julian Wadham as Augutus. It proves here that he is a superb actors, and I must mention that having also been a fan of the Avengers stories that I can see the quality of him shine through here, in massive huge swathes. This is a nice well rounded nothing to shake the world drama.