Review: Short Trips – The Ingenious Gentleman Adric of Alzarius

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)

Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) awakes with his memory gone. Luckily he is soon told he is the squire to Sir Keeyoht of la Koura. He will follow his sire on a great quest battling dragons and seeking out the vile enchanter, the Doctor. This all sounds very familiar to Adric, but not quite right. Still, being the squire to Keeyoht with his teeth & curls feels right enough.Julian Richards (with direction from Lisa Bowerman) has crafted a really fun rip-roaring adventure that is perfectly housed in a short trip. It’s maybe not a story they would have (or maybe could have) done in the original run of Doctor Who, but the characters are so true to the way they were written back then. Matthew Waterhouse has been really good in these short trips and back in the main range, but seems to be getting more and more comfortable being Adric again. In his performance and the script you can really feel the presence of the Doctor in whatever form he might be presented here (you’ll see what I mean when listening).

The way it’s set up as a quest in the story is a nice setting for a journeying story akin to the Hobbit, but distilled down into something right for the short play length without feeling like the story has been short-changed. In fact as it’s done in the narrative form it’s somewhat reminiscent of a bard telling tale of a great quest, very in keeping with the story.

Without giving it away it’s also a satisfyingly sweet ending.I give this a swashbuckling 10/10 headed dragons.

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