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The Oseidon Adventure (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Jun 2012

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844356175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844356171
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 13.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 19 Mar. 2015
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The Kraals have returned!

This is the second disc of the four-part story with the Doctor and Leela vs the Master. Following on from 'Trail of the White Worm', the story continues as it turns out the Master's allies are the pig-faced, rhino-like Kraals. This makes this a story a sequel of sorts to 'The Android Invasion'.

The Kraals were created by Terry Nation when he wrote 'The Android Invasion' back in 1975. I found them to be an interesting bunch of monsters that attempted to invade Earth using android duplicates and having a testing ground on an alien planet to conduct their invasion plans.

Now they have returned to 'Doctor Who' in Big Finish in this exciting Master story. I was thrilled that the Kraals turned out to be the Master's allies and wondered how they'd work together and why. The action-packed sequences make up for the gradual building up in 'Trail of the White Worm'.

The actors doing Kraals are tremendous. There's Dan Starkey as Marshal Grimnal and John Banks as Tyngworg (who I've both met). Both have played Sontarans in the Big Finish audios. I'm glad they made the Kraals sound as they did 'The Android Invasion' and like Zippy from 'Rainbow', ha, ha.

I'm pleased with Alan Barnes' writing and like the echoes of 'The Android Invasion' in this one. The last two episodes of this story did get a little confusing at times especially when there were too many Master duplicates and trying to work out which Master was the real one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alaran on 28 Jan. 2015
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Any suspense that may have been aroused by the cliff hanger at the end of the previous story is a bit wasted considering the title and cover for this audiobook. That aside it is good to see the Kraals eventually return. The Kraals were created by Terry Nation, and though they were no Daleks they are much better than the Vord. So it is a little surprising that they have never been re-used until now.

The Kraals suffer in two ways in this audio. Firstly they have a lot of similarities to the Sontarans, and the play could easily have featured them instead of the Kraals. This is exacerbated by the casting of Dan Starkey (who plays Strax and numerous other Sontarans) as Marshal Grinmal. This issue is acknowledged by the cast and production crew in the extra features that accompany the play but there is, perhaps, little that can be done about it with no visual reference. Besides, my three year old self believed ‘The Android Invasion’ featured Sontarans.

The second issue with the Kraals, and this exacerbates the first, is that they aren’t really the main focus of the story and there is little to distinguish them as a species within it. This is because the Master and the Kraals’ androids are focussed on instead.

This all leads to a lot of messing around with doubles/android duplicates. Similar tricks were used to greater effect in ‘The Android Invasion’ and other Doctor Who stories. After a while it becomes a bit repetitive and irritating. Even so it is amusing to see the Master become a victim of himself.
As this is a Fourth Doctor story this is the decayed version of the Master seeking to replenish himself somehow as he does in both ‘The Deadly Assassin’ and ‘The Keeper of Traken’. Leela’s response to him and later interaction is one of the best aspects of the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 July 2012
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Sixth and final release in the first season of Doctor Who audios from Big Finish to see Tom Baker as the Doctor alongside Louise Jameson as Leela.

The releases in this run have all stood largely on their own and been the kind of thing you could get into without having heard earlier releases. But this is the second of a two part story that began with Trail of the White Worm (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures), and it begins right where the cliffhanger ending to that one left off. With very little catch up for new listeners. So you really do need to hear that one first in order to get into this.

This review thus contains some spoilers so only read on if you have heard the above.

This one runs for two parts of twenty seven minutes each in length [approx] and is complete on one single cd.

And it sees the fate of planet Earth in the balance as the Master's allies arrive. As you'll see from the box cover, it's the Kraals, the rhino like aliens last seen in the tv story 'the android invasion.'

With the Doctor having fallen prisoner to them, can Leela save the day? Luckily she has a rather surprising ally.

But whilst the Kraals have a plan, so does the Master. And this is only the start of it...

After the slightly surprising tone of white worm, this one comes as a nice surprise. Because it moves away from the potential for big battles and explosions that you might usually have in a season finale, and does something rather different. The plot is exceptionally clever and cunning and there are constant twists and surprises that really keep the listener hooked and on their toes.
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