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Doctor Who 8 -Red Dawn (Dr Who Big Finish) Audio CD – Audiobook, May 2000

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions (May 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 9338000826
  • ISBN-13: 978-9338000821
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Justin Richards has written more books than he can remember. He has also written audio scripts, television, a stage play, edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer, and founded and edited a media journal.
Justin is the author of - amongst other things - The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, The Parliament of Blood and the series The Invisible Detective, Time Runners, and Agent Alfie. He is also Creative Director of the BBC's best-selling range of Doctor Who books, and has written a fair few of them himself.
His latest novel - The Skeleton Clock - is available for the Kindle.
Justin lives in Warwick with his wife and two children, and a lovely view of the castle.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD
It's funny, listening to this cd now, to realise just how far the BF audio productions have come over the years. This is only the 8th release of the Main Range Doctor Who full cast audio cds released by Big Finish in 2000, and since then BF productions have scaled new heights in pacing of stories, special effects, music and all types of sounds that come through in their stories to enhance the listeners' experience. This one is a little ... clunky. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, it's just not as sophisticated an audio experience as the more recent BF releases.

There is a great story in this - the Fifth Doctor, accompanied by his companion Peri Brown are travelling somewhere where Peri, a keen botanist can study plant life. But somehow the Tardis lands in ... where exactly? The Doctor and Peri go exploring and find they are inside some kind of structure; but where are the corridors leading them?

Meanwhile, out in space a NASA-funded space mission to Mars is about to land. They are tasked with exploring an `anomaly' on the planet surface. But the anomaly has more questions than answers for the crew of the Ares One. And someone isn't playing by the rules.

Peter Davison and Nicola Bryant are great in their roles as the Doctor and Peri, and it's great to see the Ice Warriors back in this story. The voices of the Ice Warriors is one area where BF particularly seem to have picked up the technical stakes; in this story, there's no sense of the size and menace of the huge Ice Warriors and the difference between them and their War Lord from their voices, which ideally there should be, and there definitely is in stories where the sound is able to offer that differentiation to the listener.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Wilberforce on 11 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Ares One: NASA's first manned mission to the dead planet Mars. But is Mars as dead as it first seems?
"While the NASA team investigate an "anomaly" on the planet's surface, the Doctor and Peri find themselves inside a strange alien building. What is its purpose? And what is frozen inside the blocks of ice that guard the doorways? If the Doctor has a sense of deja-vu, it's because he's about to meet some old adversaries, as well as some new ones..."
Justin Richards' Red Dawn is one of those Big Finish stories that doesn't entirely live up to expectations. Apart from anything, it feels very short, with one episode only being twenty minutes in length.
The return of the ice warriors is a nice idea, but they lose something in translation from screen to sound. None the less they are recogniseable, and the entente cordiale that they spend much of the story in with the Doctor and the crew from NASA reminds one of The Curse of Peladon. Unfortunately, with the real villain of the piece being one of the American astronauts, the appearance by the ice warriors is somewhat wasted.
The cast are good, with Peter Davison and Nicola Bryant in fine form. Peri is perhaps a bit too plucky and comfortable with the Doctor given the story's position in the timeline, but it makes a change from her on-screen bickering with the Sixth Doctor in the following two seasons of the original TV series. There are no real standout performances amongst the supporting cast, some of whom who aren't given a great deal to do, but they all read their parts well.
What lets Red Dawn down is the lack of a real story. None the less, it's an enjoyable 110 minutes, and the sound design is excellent as ever, with Russell Stone's morose score being one of the best aspects of the production.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley as Billy on 1 Mar. 2015
Format: Audio CD
This is the first Ice Warriors story by Big Finish.

It is also the first of a series of adventures in `Doctor Who' with the Fifth Doctor and Peri, set in between 'Planet of Fire' and 'The Caves of Androzani'. I was pleased that Big Finish did adventures with this TARDIS duo as they only had two adventures together.

`Red Dawn' is by Justin Richards, and is about the Doctor and Peri having an adventure on the planet Mars. They meet a NASA team on their first manned mission to Mars called Ares One. They also discover a strange alien building that contains the frozen bodies of Ice Warriors that soon re-awake.

I did enjoy `Red Dawn', but I don't regard it highly as a `Doctor Who' adventure. This is because I felt the story was slow-paced at times and didn't have the dramatic and energetic impact I felt it should have. For the first Ice Warriors story by Big Finish, it's not the most exciting I've heard.

But there are some interesting moments , as Justin Richards delves into the first Mars manned mission that raises questions in terms of continuity to the TV story 'The Waters of Mars'. It also introduces us some historical references regarding the Ice Warriors' connection to Mars.

Hearing both Peter Davison and Nicola Bryant as the Doctor and Peri again was a true delight. Although they do get separated for most of the story which is a shame, as I would have liked there to be more of them together.
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