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04:37 pm: Doctor Who: Paradise Towers
I watched "Time and the Rani" back in October 2010, and then halted. No particular reason. Now I have resumed, and have watched "Paradise Towers", being the second episode of season 24 (and the first one that Andrew Cartmel commissioned).

I like it! I can't find anything to be sarcastic about, even. It is a fun little story, and despite being 4 x 25, it doesn't feel particularly padded (although no doubt these days it would be fitted into a very tight 45 minutes). The various different factions are good, and I don't even care that the setup makes no sense at all, because it is entertainingly distracting. It is let down somewhat by the cleaners, and by the large side of ham in episode 4 (although that's fun, too), and the incidental music, but apart from that the production is awesome. Even Mel isn't too bad.

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From:shermarama
Date:March 28th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Me and Chris have been watching a scattershot (although chronologically ordered) selection of Who recently, and have managed to get ahead of you in the process; we watched Paradise Towers last week. Mel wasn't too bad in it, I'd agree, but I'm still rather glad to be onto Ace instead now.
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From:abigailb
Date:March 28th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Mel is a complete revelation on the audios - if only she'd been written and directed like that on the show.

Looking forward to getting to Ace. Although I remember Mel vaguely, Seven and Ace were always "my" Doctor/companion pair.
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From:shermarama
Date:March 29th, 2011 08:36 am (UTC)
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I must have a listen to some more audios. I did listen to one (not a Big Finish) with Tennant doing the narration as his Scottish self and the Doctor as the Doctor which was kind of bewildering as a result.

The first proper Ace one we watched, though, was revolutionary - getting to the end of the 25 minutes and not being aware that the time had passed, wanting to go straight on to the next one and suchlike. As much to do with Seven coming into his own as anything, though.
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From:abigailb
Date:March 29th, 2011 09:03 am (UTC)
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I've got plenty you could borrow if you wanted. The recent run of Seven/Ace/Hex stories were particularly good, and there's a "lost season 27" coming out soon, featuring the stories that would have been made in 1990. And Paul McGann is now one of my favorite Doctors!
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