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157. The Fourth Wall

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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 10/10/18 3:33 am
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In many ways this was mediocre fare. The plot involving an entertainment broadcast messing with reality, drawing the TARDIS in is not particularly innovative. It lead to some fun and that is good.

Where this shines is Martin Hutson who plays the actor that plays the villain. Two roles, until the villain gets copies of himself from other releases of the movie. Initially the villain, Lord Krarn is poorly designed and lacks motivation. When this gets explained to him by Flip, he enters a deep introspective mood which is very character defining. It asks questions, not just about people but about writing characters. As the plot evolves this adds complexity as the four characters played by one actor have various differences and once they start interacting with each other the story soars to a new level.

That the rest of the story was a little tired and bland, was actually quite good, as it made room for the highlights of the story to shine.

Unfortunately Flip was present for less than half the story, which put a bit of a damper on things.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/7/15 12:05 pm
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The Doctor and Flip are separated with Flip ending up in a fictional world. Soon, the fiction leaks into the real world as the Doctor and TV actors have to deal with undefeatable aliens with ludicrously impossible weapons, a mustache twirling villain, a screaming heroine, and an invincible hero.

This story is incredibly funny as it mercilessly pokes fun at Sci Fi show tropes while making a serious point about writing as a whole. The dramatic bits involving flips apparent death are really helped by a strong performance by Colin Baker, as old Sixie shows real concern for his still new companion. Also, there's a very nice Easter egg for fans of the classic show as the Time-Space visualizer from "The Chase" makes an appearance and Flip asks the sort of questions I wondered about it.

Overall, another strong outing for the Sixth Doctor and Flip.

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review 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.
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 9/7/14 8:36 am
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Doctor Who does 'Last Action Hero' with middling results. I think I expected more from this than it provided. If you've never seen the aforementioned Schwarzeneger movie or the 'Bride of Chaotica' episode of Star Trek: Voyager you may enjoy this a lot more than me. As it is, the story didn't provide much tension or laughs although is certainly entertaining. Flip (and Lisa Greenwood) proves likable but seems like a carbon copy of Lucie Miller. Also, seems like a misjudgement to include silly, OTT 'comedy' villains in a story which critiques bad sci-fi for under-motivated bad guys!