So the Tertiary phase of the Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy has drawn to a close on Radio 4. Iâ€™m not quite sure what will be selected to replace it in my Tuesday night drive home, but anyway despite the misgivings expressed by some of the critics, itâ€™s actually been quite an enjoyable series.
In some ways it was even more bizarre in places than before, especially the whole concept of a Bistro driven starship, and I did find the Agrajag subplot, where every time the poor creature was reincarnated he was killed by Arthur Dent was particularly funny.
However the core plot, especially in the final episode, did show its original source rather thinly. The basic plot of the cricket robots was an unused Doctor Who plot that Douglas Adams had created, but never used. Not being one to waste a good idea he used it as the basis of Life the Universe and Everything, the book on which the Tertiary Phase radio series was based. I found it especially noticeable in the final episode where you get the typical final confrontation with the baddies, and where in this case Trillian got all the â€˜Doctor works it outâ€™ lines that tie everything together, and explain a lot of the plot that has come before.
Having said that, I donâ€™t think knowing the source particularly detracted from my enjoyment of the story as a Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, aside from wondering quite how a Tom Baker Doctor would have coped with it, or perhaps Peter Davisons Doctor would have been more suitable! Suffice to say that I have added the CD release of the series to my wish list on Amazon.