Friday, April 5, 2013

Destiny of the Doctor: Babblesphere Review

I'm doing a series of reviews on the AudioGO/Big Finish series Destiny of the Doctors. This month, it's Babblesphere, written by Jonathan Morris, read by Lalla Ward, and starring the fourth Doctor and Romana.

Twitter. On overdrive. As soon as I heard that first guy, that's pretty much what I thought. He's mumbling in Tweets. They're not actually Tweets, but they've got a pretty similar format. It's obviously meant to be modeled after that.

I guess this story serves as a warning about social media. What would happen if everyone was on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc all the time, without ever stopping. It's actually rather interesting what would happen if everyone was just sharing an endless stream of information with everyone else, around the clock.

There's actually a nice little reference to The Power of Three as well as what could be a reference to Cold War or perhaps The Silent Stars Go By or maybe just a general statement about the Ice Warriors. It all depends on where the in time stream [spoilers] is.

That brings up another point: the whole thing about the story arc. I'm having a hard time figuring out what a civilization of pure energy, a telepathic rock, and an artificial intelligence who wants an interesting conversation all have in common. I'm sure all will be revealed in time, but guessing's half the fun and I'm having a hard time doing that right now.

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