- Audio CD
- Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781780560
- ISBN-13: 978-1781780565
- Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 14.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 491,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who: War Against the Laan (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) Audio CD – Audiobook, Mar 2013
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In "the sands of life" (basic outline no spoilers)a race of aliens have come to a future earth with a mysterious plan and the military and a mysterious corporation attempt to stop them. The 4th Doctor, Romana 1 and K9 are caught up in these events. That story set things up nicely and at 3 episodes gave enough time for the story and characters to develop. The story ended on a cliff-hanger which I felt was a bit of a cheat-fans will buy this series anyway so it seems a bit mean to try to force them to.
Now events in the story have reached a head and this story deals with that in 2 episodes. There is a definite feeling of anti-climax at the resolution to the story, as expectations were high from the previous story. I therefore think it would have been much more wise to have made the previous story a 2-disc set and told the story in full. This would have avoided fans having to pay twice for what is basically one story! Yes, from a business perspective I suppose it makes sense, but it does tend to smack of greed a bit as the buyer is not getting a brand new story in this set.
I would like to make it clear that I am not disappointed with the actors who are all excellent, but with the producers of the 4th Doctor series. They knew interest would be extremely high for Tom Baker reprising his role, especially as he is now joined by previous TV companions, but I feel that the stories have not been of high quality. For a start they have been far too short (you're just getting into it and it's over!Read more ›
I enjoyed this story, and it certainly follows well from the Sands of Life. But I did find it lagged a bit and became a bit like a Greenpeace/Doctor Who crossover at times. The Sands of Life introduced people and species that had loads of potential, but I'm not sure they were fully utilised in this continuance story.
Tom Baker and Mary Tamm were on top form as always, and David Warner as the nasty and amoral Cuthbert was brilliant. Definitely good, but just not great.
The war is portrayed throughout as a pointless war caused by a lack of willingness to understand on both sides. The Laan instinctively react in self-defence. The human reaction is generally one against aliens, assuming an invasion. Close minded military minds resort to violence and the Conglomerate reacts with dissection of a Laan. It is, therefore, the fate of the Doctor and Romana to spend most of the story trying to make people see reason and negotiate a peace. Throughout both plays Romana exhibits a certain level of unexpected shock at the mindless violence from humans. She experiences similar surprise when trying to convince the Laan not to react in retaliation. The Doctor, who was more subdued perhaps in the first half, continually shows his contempt for Cuthbert’s actions and policies. He has a particularly poignant rant against the Conglomerate scientist, Tallister, for ‘just obeying orders’, echoing issues involved in the experiments of psychologist Milgram.
The President has bigger role than in ‘The Sands of Life’. She comes into her own, as actress and character, in eventually standing up to Cuthbert. In doing so she becomes the Conglomerate’s main opposition rather than the Doctor or Romana who support her endeavours.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good - these Dr Who audio stories are a great way to experience new adventures of Dr's past... brilliant listening.Published 6 days ago by Pete in UK
Latest in the current run of Doctor Who audio stories that feature Tom Baker as the Doctor. Along with Mary Tamm as his companion Romana. Read morePublished on 15 April 2013 by Paul Tapner