‘Trouble in Paradise’ (DOTD) (Audio)

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‘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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For Peri was

  • ‘The World Shapers’ (Comic)
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5 Responses to ‘Trouble in Paradise’ (DOTD) (Audio)

  1. Timelord 007 says:

    I loved this story which i thought got unfair criticism my some fans, it certainly covers the historic characters well & the story by Nev Fountain is paced well throughout giving some very dramatic moments for ole Sixey & Peri.

    Another excellent review Tim.

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  2. Tim Bradley says:

    I’m glad you rate this story highly too, Simon. I’m surprised this story got unfair criticism from fans as I found this story to be alright. I liked the historical aspects of the story with the characters and setting and Nev Fountains does write well for Sixy and Peri, doesn’t he?

    Very pleased you enjoyed my review, Simon. Thanks very much. Tim. 🙂

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  3. IWishIHadATardis says:

    Hi Tim

    I enjoyed reading your review of Trouble in Paradise. I thought this was a most interesting story, and quite unusual in its layout, as well as its narrative.

    I liked the way Columbus was written in this story, as a rather petulant explorer. The portrayal of his character made me chuckle, when listening to it. Nev Fountain always knows how to put an element of humour in his stories, in one way or another, doesn’t he?

    I bet Colin Baker is a nice chap to have a chat with at a convention. He always sounds as though he’d be the first to see the funny side of things.

    I’m quite sure Nicola Bryant would be lovely to talk with, she sounds as though she would be very pleasant and sweet-natured.

    Great stuff, Tim.

    Leigh

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  4. Tim Bradley says:

    Hi Leigh.

    I’m glad you enjoyed my review on ‘Trouble in Paradise’. Yes it was an unusual story in terms of its structure and narrative, but I like how it shifts from Nicola Bryant reading it to Christopher Columbus’ journal as it highlights the viewpoints on Columbus sees events compared to the Doctor and Peri.

    Yes I could tell the moments of humour by Nev Fountain were pretty evident throughout the story. I always enjoyed it when someone like Columbus runs away after the Doctor does something amazing and tries to explain it to them. It’s funny when the Doctor gets annoyed by that and it made me laugh. 😀

    Yes Colin is pleasant to chat to at conventions and I’ve met him more than any of the Doctors I’ve seen at conventions, which is nice as he knows who I am whenever I go to one with him attending. He has got a good sense of humour and can be quite cheeky at times. Last time I saw him, he cheekily told Daphne Ashbrook to sign something to ‘Tom’ instead of ‘Tim’ which I played to when it happened. 😀

    I was nervous of Nicola Bryant when I first met her and couldn’t say what I wanted to say to her on Day 1 of a two-day conventions in Weston-super-Mare. But afterwards on Day 2, I was able to talk and have a nice chat with Nicola. I’ve seen her three times now and she’s very pleasant to me. I can’t stop her talking to me now whenever I see her. 😀 She told me I had a lovely smile which was very nice of her to say.

    Thanks for your comments, Leigh. Glad you enjoyed my review.

    Tim. 🙂

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  5. IWishIHadATardis says:

    Hi Tim

    Yes, I liked the idea of having Columbus’ journal, and it being read by him, as it really does show him as a character.

    I can well imagine Colin Baker being cheeky and having some fun at the conventions. He always seems like he sees the funny side of things, and I can imagine him having a twinkle in his eye as he has people on.

    I’m glad you got a chance to talk to Nicola Bryant, and that she was so pleasant to you; I can imagine that being the case, definitely. That was very nice of her to say that you had a lovely smile!

    Leigh

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