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The Macros (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories 1.08) [Audiobook] (Audio CD) Audio CD – Audiobook, 17 Mar 2014

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (10 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844354512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354511
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The TARDIS materializes on the USS Eldridge, after the Philadelphia Experiment has gone disastrously wrong. Most of the crew are dead, the ship is disintegrating, and the Doctor soon realizes that the problem comes from another dimension... As they attempt to find a way to get the ship home, the Doctor and Peri visit the distant planet Capron and meet its tyrannical ruler Osloo. But the search for a possible solution only creates increasingly dire problems. Osloo's horizons have been widened - and space and time are hers for the taking...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Latest Doctor Who lost story audio. These take scripts written for the tv show that never got to the screen for various reasons and turn them into audios. This one features Colin Baker as the Doctor and Nicola Bryant as his companion Peri.

It runs for two long episodes, fifty three minutes approx and fifty eight minutes approx, and there's one to each of the two discs.

The story centres on the Philadephia Experiment. A famous conspiracy theory which claims that the American Naval Ship the Eldridge came to a horrible fate as a result of an experiment with an invisibility device in 1944. The TARDIS arrives on the Eldridge after the experiment has taken place, and finds that the ship has come unstuck in between dimensions. But efforts to deal with that are hampered by the fact that the dimension it's entered partly into is ruled by a ruthless matriarch who is using it for power. And sees this as a chance to gain more of it.

The first third of part one is quite involving, with the Doctor and Peri moving through the ship unable to interact with things and people, and some of the latter are stuck in time. All of this would have played out on tv quite well, with visuals that could have been achieved in the 1980's.

But despite a nice moment when the Doctor is geunuinely excited about seeing a new dimension, things drop off somewhat when he does because the world they go into is rather uninspired. A humanoid society ruled by the aforementioned tyrannical matriarch, who faces rebels and has allies, it's nothing we've not seen or heard from doctor who before.

The second episode lacks action but it passes quickly enough. And the resolution to the whole thing is not quite what I was expecting. But it's also a little abrupt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Le Quin on 24 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
The first season of Lost Stories ends on a high note with the story I have enjoyed the most from this set of eight as some have been harder going. The Big Finish Colin Baker audios in general have been excellent and this is no exception. Obviously the story is ultimately constrained to original story work intended for television in the 1980s, but it has been acceptably modified by the original writers and then Big Finish themselves to produce a product quite in keeping with normal Big Finish monthlies. Aside for a few nods to stories that some will be less familiar with, the most noticeable difference is the characterisation of Peri. Big Finish could easily have altered this, but its preservation here is a good thing.

The villain Osloo is well scripted and voiced by Linda Marlowe. From the story, one can derive a history lesson too, concerning the USS Eldridge and the Philadelphia Experiment.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 5 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
I apologise for the punning title, this audio really isn't that bad but I couldn't resist.
The final story in the first Sixth Doctor 'Lost season' sees the Time Lord and companion Peri arriving on board the infamous USS Eldridge, scene of an (alleged) hoax involving supposed US invisibility experiments on one of its Destroyers in 1943. I only know about this at all because I once saw the 1984 film The Philadelphia Experiment [1984] [DVD], but the idea is certainly perfect Doctor Who material and has the potential to form the basis of a great audio adventure. Unfortunately this is not it; I found the story to be ultimately uninvolving, the characters unimaginative, and the sub-plot involving the warlike alien monarch Osloo and her rebellious son to be hackneyed, and in the case of Linda Marlowe (playing Osloo), horribly overacted.

Still, I think the best thing about these audios has been The Doctor/Peri relationship; vastly better than the one they had on TV, and which continues to go from strength to strength here. Vastly different from her whiny reactive TV persona; Peri is proactive, pithy, warm and intelligent, whilst Colin Baker continues to excel as the bombastic but brilliant Time Lord.

CD extras are at the end of disc one, and include interviews with Baker, Nicola Bryant (Peri) and several of the cast and crew.
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Space, time, and alternate dimensions! 31 Mar. 2015
By Dione Basseri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A great end to a season of radio dramas! The Doctor and Peri are visiting the site of the Philadelphia Experiment, and find that it may have worked a bit better than intended! A hole has been ripped between universes, trapping the ship's crew in between. A visit to the alternate universe embroils the Doctor in alternate-universe politics, as the Presidenta Osloo sets her world-conquoring sights on whole new universes, with the help of the T.A.R.D.I.S.

An epic finish, and well worth the listen!
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