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Spare Parts (Doctor Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Marc Platt
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (1 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903654726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903654729
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 11.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly regarded and deservedly so! 16 Sep 2006
"On a dark frozen planet where no planet should be, in a doomed city with a sky of stone, the last denizens of Earth's long-lost twin will pay any price to survive, even if the laser scalpels cost them their love and hate and humanity.

"And in the mat-infested streets, round about tea-time, the Doctor and Nyssa unearth a black market in second-hand body parts and run the gauntlet of the augmented police and their augmented horses.

"And just between the tramstop and the picturehouse, their worst suspicions are confirmed: the Cybermen have only just begun, and the Doctor will be, just as he always has been, their saviour..."

"Spare Parts", by Marc Platt, is possibly Big Finish Productions' most highly regarded Doctor Who play, and is also supposed to be the inspiration by the new series' "Rise of the Cybermen". As such I had certain level of anticipation leading up to it (always a risk). As I listened to the first episode, I thought I was going to be disappointed: the sound design seemed lesser than usual, and the events altogether domestic in scale.

However, "Spare Parts" really does turn out to be something special. "Spare Parts" is for the Cybermen what "Genesis of the Daleks" is for the infamous pepper-pots: an origin story, in which the chain of events leading up to the dehumanisation of an entire race is understandable and unavoidable. The twist is that the Doctor, who, once he realises that he and Nyssa have landed on Mondas, simply wants to leave, is eventually instrumental in the survival and development of the Cyber race.
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This is the thirty fourth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa. 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 is a corker of a story. Five and Nyssa land on a planet much like Earth, but everything seems to be underground. The Doctor has some suspicions as to where they are, which are soon borne out. He and Nyssa are soon thrown into an adventure where they are presented with a variety of moral problems regarding the formation of one of the Doctor's oldest enemies - the Cybermen. It's a story right up there with Genesis of the Daleks as a thoughtful tale with some rip-roaring adventure along the way.

The production is excellent. Nicely tying in with established Cyber-mythology, and strongly reminiscent of the Cybermen encountered by the First Doc in Tenth Planet. The gradual transformation of the proto cybermen to the fully formed article as the story progresses is achieved with subtlety and attention to detail. The script is very intelligent and emotionally literate, giving us some quite touching scenes, and a few big shocks. The supporting cast, especially Derren Nesbitt, Paul Copely and Sally Knyvette are top rate, and give us characters that we can understand and connect with. Davison and Sutton are also on great form, showing us the compassion of the characters, the panic as the situation gets out of control, and managing to explore the nature of the relationship between the two in a touching and believable way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Origins of the Cybermen 2 April 2009
This Cybermen origin story from Big Finish is one of the best original audio dramas of the 117 or so released in the monthly series. In terms of character and mood it serves The Cybermen far better than TV ever could; the title alone immediately giving off vibes of physical and emotional mutilation, and the remorseless, emotionless purpose for which the silver giants from Mondas have become associated.
Peter Davison is on fine form; the youthful and naive appearance of his incarnation of the nomadic Time Lord masking a steely mindset and fierce intelligence, whilst Marc Platt's script crackles and fizzes with energy and panache.

This is a great entry in the monthly Doctor Who audio series, and I heartily recommend it for first-time Big Finish listeners as well as seasoned fans. The price on here is better than if you bought it direct from Big Finish, but their website offers 6 and 12 monthly subscriptions, so if you plan on listening to others in the range it's worth checking their website out before committing to buying this here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest Dr Who audios 31 Mar 2009
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I have been listening to the Big Finish Doctor Who dramas on and off since 2000 and I consider most of the stories to be good and entertaining, although some of them are a little disposable and unworthy of replaying or even keeping. A select few of them really stand out though and Spare Parts demands repeated listenings because it is such an excellent, dark and dramatic story; finely written, well acted and meticulously recorded/produced in details that are completely faithful to the early Cyberman stories as well as providing an excellent genesis story for the Cybermen and working as a chilling and atmospheric stand-alone drama for the more casual fan.

I don't want to go into too much detail about the production because I don't want to spoil it for you if you haven't heard it yet, but if you aren't a regular subscriber to the Big Finish Dr Who series and can't afford to buy all the CDs then I can highly recommend this story as one of the greatest. Easily in the top 5, slugging it out with "Jubilee" for the top spot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis Of The Cybermen.
Marc Platts exellent written script that is in part a Greek Tragedy.
Peter Davison brings real emotional gravitas to The Doctor in this adventure. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of Genises of the Darleks
Now this, was truly a bittersweet joy. The listener knows how it ends but you wish it were otherwise. It also has an interesting curve.
Published 15 months ago by DWard
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly regarded and very good
A fantastic tale by Mark Platt and it features Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton. An early Cyberman story set before THE TENTH PLANET. This is a highly reccomended release.
Published 19 months ago by TARDIS Traveller
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a collection of spare parts...
Not just one of the best Big Finish dramas, not just one of the best Cyberman stories, but quite simply one of the best Dr. Who stories in any medium. Read more
Published on 30 May 2012 by The Jamming Ytse
5.0 out of 5 stars Rise of the Cybermen...on Mondas!!
Yes definitely! "Spare Parts" is certainly a cracking good story! It's a story that's earned its place with the fans and it certainly has earned its place as being the origin story... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by Tim Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Genesis of the Cybermen
"We will survive!"
A great story showing the birth of the cybermen, with Peter Davison doing great acting and chilling music. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2011 by RustInPeacePolaris
4.0 out of 5 stars Spare Parts - the Origin of the Cybermen
This is a well-written and fairly concise story that is well worth discovering, and which offers one of the earliest glimpses in the history/origins of the Cybermen. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2009 by Mr. B. J. Weatherup
5.0 out of 5 stars Spare Parts for Dark Hearts
I've listened to a couple of these audio plays now, and I have to say, out of the ones I have heard so far (Red Dawn, Return of the Daleks and Sirens of Time)this was my favourite... Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2008 by J. L. Maitland
5.0 out of 5 stars From the frozen wastes of tv, onto audio!
There back! the horrible cloth faces of a once great race, the cybermen, and the setting could be none other than Mondas. Read more
Published on 4 May 2007 by Pn Earle
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