Vislor Turlough is in trouble again: piloting a stolen ship through a pocket universe on a mission that is strictly forbidden by the Doctor. He would be going it alone, but there is unwelcome company in the form of Huxley, one of the legendary novelisors of Verbatim Six, who is narrating and recording Turlough's life.As they hurtle towards unknown peril, Turlough recalls hVislor Turlough is in trouble again: piloting a stolen ship through a pocket universe on a mission that is strictly forbidden by the Doctor. He would be going it alone, but there is unwelcome company in the form of Huxley, one of the legendary novelisors of Verbatim Six, who is narrating and recording Turlough's life.As they hurtle towards unknown peril, Turlough recalls his arrival in the TARDIS, and the circumstances that propelled himself, the Doctor and Tegan into the Ringpull universe. He has a story to tell. But only Huxley knows how it might end......
|Title||:||Doctor Who: Ringpullworld|
|Format Type||:||Audio CD|
|Number of Pages||:||303 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Doctor Who: Ringpullworld Reviews
I usually enjoy Big Finish's Companion Chronicles series, and Ringpullworld is no exception. The Companion Chronicles feature stories told from the point of view of the Doctor's companions, and are closer to a traditional audiobook format, often with the main character telling the story to someone else. In the case of Ringpullworld, the narration of the story is split between Turlough, the Fifth Doctor's Companion and Huxley, the novelizer from Verbatim 6. The story actually opens with Turlough being quite cross or angry at Huxley, who is irritating him by constantly describing everything Turlough does and sees.The Fifth Doctor, as played on the long-running BBC series, Doctor Who by Peter Davison, Turlough and Tegan had landed on the planet of Must, where they were latched on to by the three novelizers - Huxley, Wolf, and Joyce. The six explore the one building on the planet and find a strange artifact. Tegan dismisses it as a "tin of beans" but Turlough notices the Doctor seems oddly unsettled by the object.Investigating the object, it is Tegan who also gives it a name, The Ringpull, as in, the ring used to pull open a tin can or a can of pop (soda for those of you outside the Midwestern US). When investigating, the three are shrunk and drawn into the micro universe inside the tin. The story then cycles back to it's beginning. Turlough, empathetic with the Ringpull Universe, a whole galaxy that because of the natives war-like nature has been trapped on it's own and cut off from the rest of the civilized universe, decides to steal a ship and free the Ringpull Universe. So Turlough, with his novelizer, Huxley, along for the ride, steals a ship and intends to open the Ringpull using a backpack of the Doctor's tools.The Doctor had already told Turlough that it would be a bad idea, and as Turlough heads off to open the Ringpull he is pursued by the Doctor and by the local aliens that he stole the ship from. Turlough and Huxley are captured, and as part two opens they are stuck in a cell. Huxley reveals he can telepathically communicate with his fellow novelizers through the Great Narrative. So, Turlough discovers the Doctor and Tegan are on the bridge of the ship, and the Doctor is pleading for Turlough's life. The Huxley reveals something else; as a narrator, not only can he reveal the past and narrate the present, he can provide a flash forward - reveal possible futures from the current moment.Turlough is talked in to learning these futures. Huxley tells him one straight off - Turlough will be executed by the aliens - keel hauled and thrown into space with no protective suit. But, Turlough doesn't accept this, so Huxley continues with another - The Doctor and Tegan rescue Turlough, but during their escape, they are forced to open the Ringpull, leading to catastrophe. Turlough, understandably, isn't too pleased by this idea either. Then Huxley tells him he can provide the best possible future possibility. Not only that, he can link up with Turlough mentally and let Turlough read his thoughts and see the future for himself. Turlough takes him up on it. Turlough then narrates his own story. In this last version, he is again released, and he and the Doctor talk the aliens in to opening the Ringpull themselves. This happens, and the Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough escape in a ship, riding out the explosion that destroys the warlike invaders, frees the Ringpull Universe, and even returns the Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough to Planet Must, where their novelizers decide their adventures are too dangerous and release them from their parasitic relationship.Then Turlough realizes he is back in his cell. The third possibility, which had felt so real, was, like the others, only a possible outcome. Turlough begs Huxley to tell him what would happen, but Huxley says he must wait and see, that to find out which possibility actually happens - he must live it. This frustrates Turlough to no end, then the door begins to open, bringing with it the future - and the ending music.I enjoyed Ringpullworld and listened to it twice in my car. This is one of the few audios Mark Strickson (Vislor Turlough) has done, and I enjoyed it. The story moves at a fast clip, and actually has a great deal of humor, as Turlough and Huxley have a great double act relationship. They irritate each other, but Turlough has a certain affection for Huxley, who reminds him of his friend from school, Hippo. In fact, during the audio, Turlough actually calls Huxley, Hippo on several occasions. The story, of a trapped galaxy, gives one food for thought. The only thing I didn't like about the audio was it's lack of a definitive ending. Still this story is recommended.
This particular Companion Chronicle has some real fun with the narrated format - the Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough have picked up three "novelizers" - beings from Verbatim Six who latch on to interesting subjects, and follow them around narrating their lives. This results in a story where Turlough gets to directly interact with his own narrator - almost a situation where the character argues with the author. Magrs also gets in a few good digs at the occasionally overheated narrative style employed by the old Target novelizations. All this metafictional fun is wrapped around a serviceable enough plot: our heroes find themselves in a pocket universe located inside a tin can, where a race of warlike beings have been sealed away to keep them away from the rest of the more peaceful universe. Turlough, who's got a natural sympathy for things that have been locked away because other people fear that they are dangerous, wants to unseal the pocket universe and let these beings out into the wider universe. The Doctor is not in favor of this plan. It's very nice to see a story that actually addresses Turlough's past as a political exile and manages to put him at cross-purposes with the Doctor in a sympathetic way. In Turlough's early stories, he was always under the control of the Black Guardian. In other stories, he was often simply portrayed as self-interested and amoral, although the implication was that by the end of his time in the TARDIS, he had learned better from the Doctor. In this story, we actually see this learning taking place, and it's nice that it's not just a simple matter of Turlough learning to do exactly what the Doctor would do in any given situation. Despite this story's many virtues, I did feel as though something was missing. I might need to give this a second listen at some point, but I think what I missed the most was that, because of both the structure of the story and the highly narrated format, we never really get to experience the conversation where the Doctor and Turlough hash out their differences. We get some things reported in narrative summary, but I'd liked to have seen that scene dramatized, just to really cement Turlough's character development and the evolution of the characters' relationship. Still, a very enjoyable Companion Chronicle that makes good use of the format. And I'm glad to hear that the novelizers will be returning in the future.
Turlough goes through to a ringpullworld with the Doctor and Tegan. He does not like the idea of these beings trapped inside their universe. Meanwhile, a narrator has attached itself to each member of the TARDIS crew. I really enjoyed this, Turlough's sarcastic humour really shines here. The narrator is also really funny and they deserve to be brought back. A very good listen.
I love Huxley and the novelisers - it's a brilliant and often funny set up. Good mix of humour and drama in this and Huxley and Turlough play off each other well. Love the way they did the ending, leaving the reader to figure it out (not difficult considering where it falls in the timeline, but even so). I hope we see more of Huxley.
Turlough talks to a novelizer about wanting to open the ringpullworld.