A new Doctor who audio featuring Sylvester Mccoy as the Doctor, this is the first in a new trilogy of adventures for him.
It's a good jumping on point for casual listeners because it has no ties in to previous audios.
It does tie into the tv story Doctor Who - The Robots Of Death  [DVD] [1963
]. This audio being a sequel of sorts to that. There is enough exposition in this so that those who haven't seen the tv story won't be confused. But if you're a Doctor Who fan then you will doubtless have seen it. So that shouldn't be a problem,
The story runs for four parts, from twenty five minutes to thirty minutes approx in length, and it is spread over two cds.
It takes place on board a spaceship delivering a huge cargo of robots to another planet. There is a rumour doing the rounds amongst the crew that Robots on a sandminer went bad and tried to kill the crew. Nobody really believes that to be possible.
Then a crewperson dies. A mysterious stranger called the Doctor who seems to know far more than he's letting on appears. And the crew find themselves in danger.
But everyone knows Robots can kill humans. Surely?
This one is a little tricky to get into initially because the pre credits sequence in the first episode ends on a cliffhanger of sorts, which then takes a little while afterwards to get explained. It builds tension very nicely as crewmembers investigate and get paranoid.
Then there are moments when all hell appears to be breaking loose, which makes for great drama.
Yet as per usual the Doctor doesn't reveal everything right away. Because there is a little more going on here than meets the eye. Which leads to some surprising twists and turns.
Taking the old Doctor Who story template of a remote outpost under siege allows for gripping and suspensful storytelling and drama. Which this certainly manages to do. Where it also succeeds superbly is in the characterisation. I can't think of many others in this range that have managed to delve so deeply into the feelings of the characters and give them so much depth. The cast do respond superbly to this quality material.
All does become clear come the final part which turns into a gripping race against time. And allows for some powerfully emotional moments, none of which you will forget in a hurry.
This doesn't simply repeat the tv original, it does manage to come up with a new spin on things. And it's a superbly acted and written drama which will tug at the emotions. It's a highly recommended listen.
There are nine and half minutes [approx] of music from the story at the end of disc one.
A trailer for the next release in this range at the end of disc two [which isn't actually the next part in this trilogy. That one is The Doomsday Quatrain (Doctor Who)
which is out right afterwards]. And fifteen minutes or so of interviews with cast and crew after that.
Do be sure to listen to all of these because they hint at something rather interesting that you might otherwise have missed. You'll see what I mean.
And right after that, the final track is something rather special that shouldn't be listened to till after you've heard part four. You'll see what I mean about that as well.