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The Dark Planet (Dr Who Big Finish) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Brian Hayles , Matt Fitton
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Sep 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1781780951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781780954
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Lost Story First Doctor Audio Adventure 14 Oct 2013
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
As always a exellent quality production & script by Brian Hayles & adapted superbly by Matt Fitton.
This is a slightly darker story for The First Doctor.

A few problems with pacing at times this would have better as a 4 parter as the pace needed tightening in places.
Strangely no CD extras on this release.

This is the First story of the final series of Big Finishes lost stories range & this one features the final first doctor lost story.

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This story features The First Doctor, Ian, Barbara & Vicki is a 6 parter & runs to around 3 hours.

The remaining 3 adventures of the season are 2 second Doctor adventures followed by a Third Doctor adventure concluding the range.

This adventure takes place on a planet encircling a star were to different races are at war with one another.

One side of the planet is light & the other part is Shadow, But these two races have for a long time been at war with each other & there seems to be no resolution in there continued war between the different species.

There is also another problem to consider as the planet is very slowly dying, Can the Doctor help the two species find a peaceful resolution with one another for the greater good & the fate of survival or will The Doctor & his companions be forced to take sides & does everyone agree on which side to take?.

This is a enjoyable First Doctor adventure & the root of the story really is about can a civil war on a dying planet force two species to put there differences aside for the good for a greater threat.

Great narration by William Russell who mimics William Hartnells speech patterns rather than doing a straightforward impression.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The light and shadow war 11 Oct 2013
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Down the years, many scripts and storylines have been written for Doctor Who and never managed to get to the tv screen.

Now, thanks to Big Finish adapting them for audio, we can find what might have been.

The Dark Planet is based on a storyline by writer Brian Hayles. It features the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki.

It is a six part story, complete in one set and spread over three cd's.

William Russell [Ian] and Maureen O'Brien [Vicki] read the story. Both do dialogue for their own characters, and several others. Both also narrate sections. The narration will jump back and forth between them without any notice, but this is an approach you quickly get used to and it doesn't cause any problems. Both are pretty good at coming up with voices for other characters. William Russell's take on the First Doctor, whilst being a take on the way he spoke rather than an out and out impression, is very good indeed.

The story sees the TARDIS land on a very strange world that circles a dying star. On the planet, which is not in any of the Doctor's records, live two different species. Creatures of Light and creatures of Shadow. Literally. Remarkable sights await the time travellers. But the two species have long been at conflict. And the world is dying.

Which side should the Doctor and his friends help? The choice is not easy. Because, as they say, not everything is black an white...

Back in the early days of the show it's ambition was never limited by the show's budget. And this strives hard to recreate that style. Stories of strange and fantastical aliens and their worlds brought to life on a shoestring budget and filmed in black and white.
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