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69. Three's a Crowd

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 8/11/17 2:57 pm
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I wouldn't call this one of my favorite stories, but it's perfectly serviceable. The story is simple, straightforward, and effective. It's got a good "hook", so to speak, with Erimem re-examining her role in the TARDIS set off against a colony full of people who have become afraid of being with other people.

There are some plot problems, and that premise can't stand up to much scrutiny. It also doesn't help that characters like Bellip and LaRoq can be intensely annoying. I like the idea that they've become so accustomed to being alone in their own small living quarters that they're freaked out by large rooms and gatherings of more than two people, but actually having to deal with these phobias within the story quickly becomes rather tedious.

But the saving grace for what could have been merely a forgettable, mediocre story is the character of Auntie, and the performance of Deborah Watling. I'm really enjoying this trend of giving early companions new roles as a means of getting them involved with Big Finish. It also gives those actors a chance to play characters quite different from the ones we know. Auntie is very different from Victoria, and Watling does a fine job bringing out the character's internal conflicts over the situation she's been trapped in.

This is also a pretty good story for Erimem. I like that it picks up on her traumatic experiences in "The Roof of the World". I think it's very believable, to say the least, that a companion might consider leaving the TARDIS after an ordeal like that. I'm glad she didn't leave, but I like that the possibility was raised, and that it was her decision to stay. I also really love the Doctor's last line, when Peri asks him if he's happy with two companions. "Two's company, but three... three's a crew." Just lovely.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/28/17 1:24 pm
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In Three's a Crowd, the Doctor, Peri, and Erimen arrive on a colony world where all the colonists are forced to remain apart to focus on physical training to prepare themselves for their return home. But something mysterious is going on.

This is a story that has some nice moments. Deborah Watling's return as Auntie works pretty well and it's nice to hear her in something where she's not straining her voice trying to sound younger. Catherine Morris also has a pretty nice scene in the fourth episode when she realizes one day she'll see the TARDIS disappear forever.

At the same point, the story has a lot of problems. The concept as it comes off is hard to swallow. It seems like one of those over the top stories warning of living life in computers rather than in reality but at a whole new level of over the topness. There are pacing problems, with this feeling padded out and there are logical problems such as the fact that everyone spends all their time in physical training but being kind of rubbish when it comes to anything physical. In addition, the colonists are somewhat annoying. This is lessened a bit by Peri's kindness. If Peri was impatient with them, they would have been a lot harder to put up with. In addition, this story was supposed to be an attempt for Erimen to recover in the events in, "Roof of the World," but that theme is never really developed.

Perhaps, the biggest problem is tone. This could have worked a bit better as a sort of, "Pirates Planet," style comedy. The story took itself so seriously that it seems to produce more, "It's so bad, it's good moments." Such as Auntie's hilarious use of, "Leadership is about making the hard choices." Overall, this wasn't good, but wasn't all that horrible either.

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 7/3/15 7:00 pm
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Three's a Crowd is a story that sees the return of Deborah Watling to Doctor Who. While she is most known as Victoria Waterfield, companion to the Second Doctor, here she plays colony leader Auntie. Auntie and the ideas behind colony Pheonix are the best parts of the story. Pheonix is a colony which has made the phrase "two is company and there's a crowd" a reality with those living there not interacting physically with more than one other person at a time. Communication and interaction is made with video chats in an interesting commentary on today's interconnecting society where people would rather text each other than talk. It really works and would have made for a great story if it wasn't for a second half that turns the story into a standard base under siege with nothing interesting enough from keeping the story from average minus a nice subplot with Erimem.
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Reviewed By: FlyingTigerComicsReview Date: 3/1/15 6:29 am
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25 words or less: Ark In Space meets #PKD’s Clans of the Alphane Moon.

An excellent audio drama, great voice acting, wonderful performance from Nicola Bryant as Peri – a favourite of mine and in this story able to do a lot more than her onscreen performances back in the day.

It loses one point due to the interpolation of an “original” companion called Erimem who is apparently Ancient Egyptian (of a ropey ahistorical kind). She neither adds nor subtracts but takes time out of the drama- and so to that extent is a net negative. Meh. Her backstory is founded on really bad Egyptian "history" and it jars. But the main characters and Peri are supoib.