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THE DWM REVIEW

The latest Doctor Who episodes and products reviewed by our team.
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ILLUSTRATION BY JAMIE LENMAN

AUDIO FREQUENCIES

A beloved duo returns – righting outlandish wrongs on the streets of Norwich and Slough.

REVIEWED THIS ISSUE n The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Volume Two (featuring The Tenth Doctor, Rose and Jackie) RRP £35 (CD), £25 (download)

The stuff of legend. That’s how the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler once described themselves – and only half-jokingly, too. But if it sounded hubristic, then history has borne them out: in the public consciousness, David Tennant and Billie Piper have surmounted even Tom Baker and Lis Sladen to become the most iconic TARDIS item – the Fred and Ginger, the Ant and Dec, the Whizzer and Chips of Doctor Who. So it’s fair to say that getting them back together for Big Finish’s sophomore run of The Tenth Doctor Adventures is A Big Deal. But rather than make some grandiose re-entrance, like Luke Skywalker on top of that windswept mountain, the Doctor and Rose come bundling back into our lives in an ordinary flat on an ordinary estate in… Norwich. Make no mistake, it’s a great entrance. Just not an epic one – which feels entirely in keeping with Russell T Davies’ breezy, relatable mid-noughties take on the show.

From there, it’s a headlong tumble into Murray Gold’s clamorous, see-sawing theme arrangement and the giddy, e-number thrills of opening salvo Infamy of the Zaross, in which the Earth – or East Anglia, anyway – is invaded by a marauding band of alien warthogs (anthropomorphic extra-terrestrials being very much a la mode in the era of the Judoon, Cat People et al).

John Dorney’s adventure captures the Tenth Doctor and Rose at their most carefree and goofy, leaping feet first into the fray and greeting every new danger like a day at the zoo. A decade on, Tennant is still the same skittish lightning rod of restless energy, bamboozling friends and enemies alike with a Gatling gun babble of non-sequiturs and conversational cul-de-sacs (this is a man who can’t say the word ‘forearmed’ without embarking on an extended riff on how brilliant it would be to have four arms). Even his sudden cold flashes of mercurial anger at, say, a mass slaughter of the innocents can’t quite disguise the fact he and Rose are having an absolute ball.

Piper, funnily enough, finds her way back into Rose a lot more easily than she did during her slightly hesitant 2008 reprise, to the extent I swear you can actually hear her smiling through most of this. And it wouldn’t be a proper reunion without Camille Coduri’s delightful Jackie, who orders her daughter to stop “fighting evil lobsters”, or whatever it is she’s up to, and get back home to save the planet, sharpish.

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This festive edition of Doctor Who Magazine includes an exclusive preview of this year's Christmas Special, Twice Upon a Time, plus there are exclusive interviews with Christmas Special stars Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts) and Mark Gatiss (the Captain). Doctor Who Magazine 520 also includes: • A in-depth look at the making of BBC Worldwide's new version of Douglas Adams' 'lost' 1979 Doctor Who story Shada • Actor Daniel Hill and production assistant Olivia Bazalgette chat to DWM about how they met on Shada... and how they later went on to marry • Rare and previously unseen photographs from the Cambridge location filming of Shada in October 1979 • DWM's first ever interview with 100-year-old Earl Cameron, who played the doomed astronaut Glyn Williams in the 1966 story The Tenth Planet • A tribute to Paddy Russell, Doctor Who's first female director and a television pioneer • We look back on Doctor Who’s first Christmas specials – the feature-length omnibus repeats that were specially created at Christmas time • Part two of The Phantom Piper, our new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • A festive Fact of Fiction explores the 2011 Christmas Special The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the DWM Christmas Quiz, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!
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