‘TROUBLE IN PARADISE’ (DOTD)
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Tribute for Colin Baker – Celebrating 50 Years of ‘Doctor Who’
June 2013. It’s time to celebrate the Sixth Doctor era of ‘Doctor Who’ with Colin Baker!
‘Trouble in Paradise’ by Nev Fountain, is the sixth instalment of the ‘Destiny of the Doctor’ series, produced by Big Finish and Audio to celebrate 50 years of ‘Doctor Who’. This is a fitting tribute to an era of the brash and temperamental Sixth Doctor with his lovely companion Peri.
Colin Baker’s Doctor appeared in a number of thrilling and unusually captivating TV stories like ‘The Two Doctors’; ‘Revelation of the Daleks’ and ‘The Trial of a Time Lord’. He’s also appeared in hundreds of successful Big Finish audios like ‘The First Sontarans’; ‘The Reaping’; ‘I.D.’ and ‘100’.
For the 50th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’, I wrote my personal fan-fiction story with the Sixth Doctor and Peri to celebrate the Sixth Doctor era. The Sixth Doctor is an underrated Doctor on TV, but he’s been treated well by Big Finish. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Colin Baker at conventions.
Like previous releases in the ‘DOTD’ series (previously with ‘Smoke and Mirrors’), this story is narrated and performed by an actor/actress who was in the TV series with a guest star as a supporting character. ‘Trouble in Paradise’ is performed by Nicola Bryant as Peri from the TV series and guest stars Cameron Stewart as Christopher Columbus.
I’ve had the CD cover of ‘Trouble in Paradise’ signed by Nicola Bryant, who I met at the ‘Time Warp’ convention in Weston-super-Mare, July 2014. I also had the CD cover signed by writer Nev Fountain, who I also met at the ‘Dimensions 2015’ convention in Newcastle, October 2015.
When I met Nicola, I was awe-struck by meeting her that I was speechless at first. But then I met her again and was able to chat to Nicola about her time in ‘Doctor Who’. I’ve now met Nicola more than once, and she’s a really nice lady and is friendly to me when I see her at conventions.
‘Trouble in Paradise’ is an historical adventure on a sailing ship in 1492. After the Eleventh Doctor sends them a message, the Sixth Doctor and Peri go off to retrieve an omni-paradox. However, the Doctor and Peri get captured by the crew and get to meet Christopher Columbus.
Nev Fountain wrote for Nicola Bryant as Peri before, as he penned the Companion Chronicle called ‘Peri and the Piscon Paradox’. He also wrote ‘The Kingmaker’ with Peri in it. So it’s right that he should write for the Sixth Doctor and Peri, as he clearly knows the characters inside-out.
Nicola Bryant reprises her role as Peri in this audio adventure. I like Peri, as she’s a brave person who sticks to the Sixth Doctor, now brash and dismissive of her since his regeneration in ‘The Caves of Androzani’. Nicola as Peri is lovely and I wondered on where her story in this would go.
Nicola back slips into her American accent as Peri effortlessly. I enjoyed the scene where Peri stands up to the Doctor defiantly when he refuses to cure the man with TB. I thought it was pretty extreme when Peri threw herself over the ship, albeit it was accidental when it happened.
I liked it when Peri gets to solve the mystery of the aliens featured in this story as she works it out during the story. Her horror in meeting Columbus was interesting to listen to. It enhances Peri’s character since she studied Columbus when at high school and what her opinion is of him.
I liked how the Sixth Doctor is portrayed in this audio adventure. He sounds like the arrogant, boisterous, unlikeable Sixth Doctor from the TV series. Nicola does a good impersonation of the Sixth Doctor on audio. It feels like Colin is in the room with her since Nicola knows him very well.
Cameron Stewart guest stars as Christopher Columbus. Cameron has done some Big Finish audios before as he was in ‘The First Sontarans’ where he played a human major and a Sontaran. In this story, Cameron plays Columbus as well as a man with TB and an angry buffalo-like Boven.
Columbus was an infamous historical figure who ‘didn’t quite discover America’, thinking it was India and seems to have found Japan. I didn’t know much about Columbus apart from that he was pivotal discovering the New World. It was interesting to learn more about him in this story.
This story is sometimes narrated by Columbus when he writes his daily journal. I found this amusing to listen to when the narration shifts to Columbus at times. He gives his opinion on what he thinks of the Doctor and Peri. He believes the Doctor to be some witch-doctor initially.
The Eleventh Doctor thread in the audio series continues, as he pops in and out to send messages to his previous selves. This time though, it happens as the story begins. I wanted to find out why the Eleventh Doctor wanted the Sixth Doctor to get an omni-paradox and what for.
There aren’t any CD extras, apart from the Sixth Doctor and Peri’s biographies in the CD sleeve notes. If you purchase the complete ‘DOTD’ series as a bundle from Big Finish, there’s a behind-the-scenes making-of documentary on the series called ‘Meeting with Destiny’ with ‘The Time Machine’.
‘Trouble in Paradise’ is another entertaining and enjoyable story from the ‘Destiny of the Doctor’ series to celebrate 50 years of ‘Doctor Who’. This has a lovely performance from Nicola Bryant as Peri and the narrator. It’s also an enjoyable excursion into history with Christopher Columbus.
‘Trouble in Paradise’ (DOTD) rating – 7/10
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