Christmas Eve in the year 3060, and the planet Puxatornee is home to a prosperous human colony.
A space craft has arrived in orbit carrying the Slithergees, a race of obsequious alien slugs. Their home world has been destroyed and they are humbly requesting permission to settle on the first moon.
And if they don’t get permission, then they are humbly threatening to declare all-out war.
The future hangs in the balance. The decision rests with Bailey, the colony’s president – but she has other things on her mind.
Christmas Eve in the year 3090, and the planet Puxatornee has changed beyond all recognition.
The Doctor and Mel arrive, on a completely unrelated mission to defeat a race of terrible monsters, and soon discover that something rather confusing has been happening to history.
I have been quiet on the blog recently due to my mental health and feeling burnt out. However, I recently felt like listening to a Doctor Who audio drama so I first listened through Doctor Who: Phantoms of the Deep by Jonathan Morris. I don’t feel like I have enough of an opinion on this audio drama for a full review since it wasn’t very long. However, I will say that I enjoyed it and it was just the thing to get me back to the reading world.
I started Flip-Flop almost immediately after finishing Phantoms of the Deep and I have thoughts about this wacky and weird adventure. There will be spoilers ahead, so be warned. Without spoiling this story, I liked it overall. Thought it was a good story and unique plot. The ending is up to the listener’s interpretation in a sense. Definitely would recommend this for fans of Doctor Who, time travel stories, and science fiction fans in general.
Now to delve into the spoilers. This entire story is about how The Doctor and Mel get stuck in a time loop. They go back in time against their will to “fix” the past so that the apocalyptic “future” won’t come true. Thus, creating a paradox and time loop.
I am somewhat unsatisfied with the ending since there really is no “ending” because it’s a never-ending loop. It’s a time travel story where no matter what happens at the critical point of the president’s assassination, their world is going to be post-apocalyptic. To each version of The Doctor and Mel coming into the story for the first time, they are somewhat aware of the time loop they’re stuck in. The Doctor refers to this as ‘tripping over one’s own footprints’.
One of the possible futures is where the president is saved from assassination and ends up giving their world to the Slithergees or face the threat of an all out war. Since the Slithergees are blind, slug-like creature they end up enslaving the remaining humans and using them as seeing eye dogs.
The other possible future is one where the president is assassinated and all out war is declared on the Slithergees and sends the planet into a nuclear wasteland where the survivors are on death’s doorstep when The Doctor and Mel arrive.
Overall, I liked the story and I think you should check it out. It’s a unique story for Doctor Who fans and I think you’ll enjoy it.
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