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The Death Collectors (Doctor Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Stewart Sheargold
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844353184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844353187
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 11.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Positive.
A chilling story from Red's Stuart Sheargold who delivers an genuine creepy story here set abroad a space station in deep space.
Plus Spider's Shadow a 1 part adventure.

Sylvester McCoy delivers a performance of a Timelord whom knows the end is nigh for this incarnation playing the weariness of his Seventh incarnation excellently.

Negative.
Dont like the 3 part /1 part set up.

Trivia.
That music to Madame Butterfly in the background sounds vaguely familiar?
Astronaut Ridley is a reference to Alien/Prometheus Director Ridley Scott.

Review.
This story has echoes of Alien to this adventure, As a accident in deep space effects Astronaut Ridley but back at the space station Ridley is barely alive but something evil has returned from space with him.

The Seventh Doctor responds to a distress call & arrives in the Tardis on what appears to be an abandoned space station above a Alien world.

But all hell breaks loose when an infected Ridley breaks free now infected with a virus called Decay is attempting to effect others on the space station, As this infection could in fact threaten the whole of mankind.

The Doctor leads a small group of survivors in a attempt to get to the escape shuttle but will they live long enough to escape & with the computer acting strangely hampering there escape attempt will they survive or will the Dar Trader's whom association with Death destroy everything that humanity stands for?

There an echo to the Tenth Doctor tv story Silence In The Library here due to a similar theme of a human that gets infected in a Astronaut suit but this audio adventure adds one of the creepiest voices yet in a Big Finish play.
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is the hundred and ninth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as a companionless Seventh Doctor. There are two stories here, the first three episodes are an adventure called `The Death Collectors', the fourth episode a one part story called `Spider's Shadow' that acts as a coda to the three parter. Episodes are roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings within the three parter. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

The whole thing feels like a bit of an homage to 2001, with a run around on a space station battling an out of control computer for the first three episodes, followed by an almost surreal epilogue. The opening story finds a companionless Seventh Doc responding to a distress call from a quarantined area of space, where a deadly virus known only as Decay is being researched by a small group of humans in conjunction with the rather creepy and excellent new alien species the Dar Traders. What follows is a decent run around adventure, with some interesting philosophising about the nature of death. Clearly the Seventh Doctor in this story is near the end of his regeneration, and thoughts of auld mortality are starting to prey on his mind. This is not helped by the presence of the Dar Traders, a creepy collective who seek out death, and interact with it in a strange way. The running around meets a thrilling climax, and as the Doctor's plans go awry there is a shocking and shattering finale for his companions.

The second story, as is usual with these 3:1 releases, is another standout.
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Big Finish deliver up another triumph in the form of The Death Collectors + Spider's Shadow - a three part story followed by a 1 parter that links directly on. The Death Collectors sees Doctor Who at its most sci-fi, with some lovely flavours of horror thrown in for good measure, this is one story that really plays for scares.

In short, the plot kicks off with an 'accident'. A man has returned to a space station from an alien planet down below, but he hasn't returned the same man he set out as - he isn't even really alive any more. As the Doctor turns up, following a mysterious distress signal, things get weirder by the minute as the destructive 'virus' known only as Decay begins causing havoc on the station.

Thematically, The Death Collectors brings to mind a whole host of previous adventures - there's the morbid, gothic feel + the Doctor clashing with a rival scientific ego that touches on the Brain of Morbius while the revived series has had a whole host of sci-fi 'possession' storylines in the form of '42', 'The Impossible Planet/Satan Pit', 'Midnight' and 'Silence In The Library/Forest of the Dead'.

The Death Collectors is especially reminiscent of this last story, both in the idea of a space suit becoming filled with a formless alien consciousness speaking through a half dead-half alive host. We also get a River Song-esque role in this story's one-off companion, Danika.

Of course, Alien/Aliens serves as a reference point too, as it has done for so much sci-fi in the character of Mors, the misguided scientist that puts research before human life.
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