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Doctor Who complete reviews: The Pirate Planet

5 November 2010 10:19 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The Pirate Planet marks the debut of one of Britain’s most celebrated sci-fi authors Douglas Adams (he used to be a good friend of Lalla Ward’s, y’know). In keeping with his off-the-wall humour and vivid imagination, The Pirate Planet is an appropriately bonkers entry in the Key To Time season.

As if the concepts of half-robotic shouty pirates, killer robot parrots, planet-eating planets and shuffling telepathic goons aren’t crazy enough, we get a whole range of tongue-twisting technobabble. Polyphase Avitron. Macromac Field Integrator. Time Dams. The whole story is overloaded with dozens of complex scientific concepts (some of which are more plausible than others) and imaginative scenarios and characters – to the point where you need to see it more than once.

Another notable trait of The Pirate Planet is the fact that nothing is as it seems. The Mentiads are bigged up as a dangerous threat, »

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