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Invaders from Mars (Doctor Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Mark Gatiss
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (1 Jan 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 1903654572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903654576
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,967 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 Interesting setting but formulaic plot 19 Aug 2010
By Tony Jones VINE VOICE
The central idea of a real alien invasion during Welles famous broadcast is a good one but the overall story didn't grip me. The doctor has a brief flirtation with being a private detective, there are spies, CIA, Nazis but the overall piece is confused.

The Orson Welles realisation is good, in particular his disdain for the HG Wells material. Where is fails is exemplified by the ending - the Doctor has the idea of using the Welles broadcast to scare off the real aliens, then gives the game away but it doesn't matter as an independent character destroys the alien ship in the end.

There are much better Eighth Doctor / Charley Pollard adventures such as Stones of Venice
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cheeky 16 April 2006
The more I listen to this audio, the better it gets. From the, frankly, hilarious cod-American accents of the UK's finest (Spaced's Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson) to the simple audacity of the plot, this is top notch entertainment.

It does need several hearings, like a good court case, to really appreciate the fun of the whole enterprise and the sheer love of the form that Gatiss possesses.

I think this is his best script for Doctor Who in any format. The TV episode seemed somehow too hidebound (and the Doctor in that one was so GULLIBLE...) and constricted. "Invaders From Mars" would make a great David Tennant story though!

Four stars because it does take a certain amount of commitment to really get the idea.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Humourous Adventure Diminishes Drama 21 Jun 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Invaders From Mars.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion : Charley Pollard.
Main enemy: The Laiderplacker, Cosmo Devine.
Main setting: New York City and New Jersey, USA, 30-31 October 1938.
Writer: Mark Gatiss.
Director: Mark Gatiss.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 110 minutes.


The Doctor - Paul McGann.
Charley Pollard - India Fisher.
Orson Welles - David Benson.
Glory Bee - Jessica Stevenson.
Cosmo Devine - John Arthur.
Don Chaney - Simon Pegg.
John Houseman - Jonathan Rigby.
Mouse / Winkler - Ian Hallard.
Ellis - Mark Benton.
Bix Biro - Paul Putner.

1)Mark Benton, Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson have all appeared in episodes of Doctor Who, Mark Benton in Rose, Simon Pegg in The Long Game & Jessica Stevenson Human Nature/The Family Of Blood.
2)The Sixth Doctor previously met H. G. Wells, the author of The War of the Worlds, in Scotland during the summer of 1885 and subsequently took him on a trip to the planet Karfel. (Tv: Timelash) Many years later in his personal timeline, the Tenth Doctor would meet Wells once again in 1889.,He intimated that they would have a third encounter later in Wells' personal timeline which occurred earlier in his own. (Comic: The Time Machination).
3)The Doctor once again speed reads a book in a matter of seconds. (TV: City of Death, TV: Rose, TV: The Time of Angels).
4)The reason for Welles' ignorance of Shakespeare is revealed in (Audio: The Time of the Daleks).
5)The Celestial Toymaker would later refer to Orson Welles in a riddle while Charley was playing his games in the Celestial Toyroom. (Audio: Solitaire).
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This is the twenty eighth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight and India Fisher as Charlotte Pollard. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

This release marks the start of the second miniseries of Eighth Doc stories, and there is a loose story arc running through the series revolving around Charlotte Pollard's rescue from the R101 by the Doc back in their first adventure. The arc has a greater presence on some stories than others, and here it is almost unmentioned.

It's a story that finds Big Finish at their best. The writer, Mark Gatiss, has had a brilliant idea, and has worked it up into a gem of a script. The Doctor and Charlie land in 1930s New York, on the day that Orson Welles makes his infamous War Of The Worlds broadcast. But there's a twist - while Welles is panicking America with his broadcast of alien invasion, there is a real invasion taking place... Eight and Charlie start off having a little fun playing at gumshoe detectives, but soon get involved in a plot that includes mobsters, Nazis, Russians, aliens and a real threat to the world.

The script is superb, with a nice resolution and an interesting concept for the aliens. I loved it. McGann gets right into the part, and plays the Doc with his usual sense of fun, vigour and heroism. Charlotte proves to be a companion in the classic mould, able to give as good as she gets and enjoying the ride. It's a classic BF piece, and worth 5 stars.
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