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Doctor Who: Demon Quest: Shard of Ice v. 3 [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Paul Magrs
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15 Nov 2010 Doctor Who
Tom Baker reprises the role of the Fourth Doctor in the third of five thrilling brand new adventures, with Richard Franklin as Mike Yates. In the icy wastes of the Murgin Pass, the Doctor and Mike take refuge in a remote lodge alongside Albert Tiermann, storyteller to the king. But the owner's hospitality is repaid with a grisly attack, and suddenly death is amongst the small party. What is the significance of a book of fairy tales, one of which prophesies the Doctor's encounter with an Ice Queen monster? What long-held secret is Albert Tiermann holding back? And what dark figure stalks the snowy mountainside? The answers to these questions add up to a terrifying encounter with a strangely familiar foe. With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Samuel West as Tiermann, Carole Boyd as Frau Herz, Jan Francis as the Ice Queen, Tom Lawrence as Hans, and Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, "A Shard of Ice" is the third of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs.

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (15 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408466694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408466698
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like a lot of fun.... 21 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
Like its predecessor, Hornets' Nest, the Demon Quest sequence (Relice of Time, 3/5; Demon of Paris, 3/5; Shard of Ice, 5/5; Starfall, 3/5; Sepulchre, 3/5) is a rummy old thing: beautifully packaged, with stunning cover artwork; gorgeous, immersive sound design; and a trump card in the return of Sir Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor (a feat even the estimable Big Finish hasn't yet wangled). Even the price - some used models were hovering around the three-guinea mark at the time of writing - is right. So what's not to like?

Well, it's like this... the plot, narrative, story-arc, call it what you will, is slender to the point of non-existence, and it makes the six-hour journey (12 if you pop Hornet's Nest on the mp3-player) somewhat unsatisfactory upon arrival at your ultimate destination.

Now, that's not to say it isn't fun getting there, because it is: Baker is in larky mode, the fourth Doctor no longer the implacable, alien odd-bod of old but an avuncular (lustier?) force of nature, a character mapped somewhat on to the actor's current public persona (they have, finally, become each other), and there is fine support from Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey (a figure seemingly plucked from Baker's relentless imagination by author Paul Magrs) and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates (no, we don't know what Yates is doing here, either, but Franklin provides sterling support all the same).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Demons, storytellers, the Doctor and Mike Yates 21 Sep 2011
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This is the third in the Demon Quest audio cd series, which utilises the wondrous Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor. Tom is, as usual, in fine form, declaiming his script with great gusto. The puns are terrible, but they make you laugh.

Mike Yates is travelling with the Doctor in this story, as they try to discover who is manipulating the Doctor by stealing part of his Tardis console and then leaving strange clues for him to follow. In this instance, Mike and the Doctor have appeared in illustrations of a story book written by Albert Tiermann, who they meet up with as he travels across the Murgin Pass in a blizzard to attend the King. Albert is a driven soul, who must tell stories to the `mad' King on pain of death for failure, and he is a nervous wreck as he feels his inspiration leaving him. But does he have a mysterious ally? And how is he, and his life, linked to the Doctor and Mike, and the book of stories that he writes in his own future? How far will Albert go to save his own life?

This story does not add a whole lot to the Doctor's understanding of what's going on or why he's being manipulated in this manner; but it does set us up well for the remaining stories. The ending leaves the remainder of the story wide open, and we are anticipating that the Tardis crew will end up in New York in the next episode. What will they find there? Great stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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First released in 2010, this is the third part of a five part adventure for the Fourth Doctor released on audio. It is a single hour long episode on a single disc, with some well realised artwork on the inlay. Following the events of the opening episode (Relics of Time) the Doctor and Mike Yates are on a quest across time, following clues left by their mysterious adversary as they try to track down some missing parts from the TARDIS.

Told through the narrating voice of an Austrian story teller who encountered the Doctor in the Mountians, this is where the series started to fall flat for me. There are not enough of Tom Baker’s orotund tones! It’s a relatively pedestrian tale that did little for me, especially the end where the Doctor escapes a trap all too easily and the TARDIS component is recovered as an afterthought. The main attraction of these tales, Baker, is largely absent, and when he does appear he is not in his usual ebullient form, his voice sometimes loses its deep richness and cracks a little as though he had a bit of a sore throat. There is a feeling of a slap dash quality, as though first takes were used with a ‘that will do’ attitude and no-one could be bothered to do a second take to see if things could be improved.

I don’t have much time for this story. It’s a non-essential link in the Demon Quest saga, it makes no sense if you haven’t listened to the previous two releases and can be missed without spoiling your enjoyment of the series as a whole. 2 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A step down from The Demon of Paris 18 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
After listening to The Demon of Paris, I became eager and hungry for the next chapter of Doctor Who: Demon Quest. The dark machinations of the mysterious "Demon" became really enticing, Paul Magrs' improved writing from The Relics of Time, and the change of direction of the arc meant I couldn't wait for part 3.

A Shard Of Ice continues the Fourth Doctor's search for missing components of his TARDIS, and uncover the truth behind his likeness found on mysterious, historic artefacts. This time, the Time Lord's quest takes him and Captain Mike Yates (reprised again by Richard Franklin) to 1847, in a fierce arctic storm in Germany, where they encounter Albert Tiermann, storyteller to the king. Tiermann's fear over being late for the king soon turns to obsession over the storybook that the Doctor has. A storybook that Tiermann himself has YET TO WRITE, with page 407 featuring an illustration of the Doctor and Mike battling a horned monster!

Again, Magrs deserves props for a change of mood and of writing. The variety of Demon Quest is what has helped make this audio arc so appealing. And the script, music and sound effects all paint such a vivid and frightening picture for the listener. The cold, chilling ambience of the snowstorm in Germany, the cosiness of the warm inn, the encounter with the beast in the cave etc; all presented with delicious warmth and realism.

Unfortunately though, I didn't enjoy A Shard Of Ice anywhere near as much as The Demon of Paris, or even The Relics of Time. It felt like a huge step down. This third chapter of Demon Quest does little to advance the overall plot, and feels too similar to the events of before i.e.
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