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The Sands of Life (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Feb 2013

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (1 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781780552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781780558
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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The Sands of Life is a hugely entertaining release. Tom Baker is on top form in a script that gives him some good dialogue, getting the balance of humour and drama about right. He is well supported by Mary Tamm in a story that makes use of her Time Lady status, and by a terrific performance from David Warner as the head of a powerful business empire. There is a clear premise, and it is explored well, with the future Earth being shown as a global state that uses the wealth of David Warner's businesses to bank-roll its actions, good and bad. Sound effects and music help to create a story that I could clearly and easily visualise throughout, helping to make this one of the strongest Tom Baker stories from Big Finish. It has two small flaws; one is a sudden and jarring reference to badger culling that is so much out of place (seeming to be lifted from the news of 2013 and dropped into the middle of an adventure set in another era) and the portrayal of the global government military in a stereotype of 'shoot first' thinking complete with American accent. I would have enjoyed this a little more had the military been written in a rather more intelligent way, defending the Earth in the best way they can, even if very misguided. This is the first of several linked releases, and the end of the story is a cliff-hanger. It isn't perfect, but it is fun; I will certainly be listening to this one again. Worth buying; and at the same time, maybe treat yourself to 'Robophobia' or 'The Silver Turk'. All in all a good day at the office for Big Finish.
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The Sands of Life is one half of an adventure, concluded by War Against the Laan. They really should have been one disc. Padding it out to two you get lots of helicopter scenes and periodic incidental music. Bizarrely split into three episodes (title music therefore pads it out further).

Some nice ideas are set up, the Doctor and Romana well written and performed, but that's about it. An otherwise excellent writer, who has contributed so much good stuff to Doctor Who faltered a bit here, and no-one seemed willing to tell him.

I really did not enjoy this story, but the ideas carried through to the next story are progressed well.

2 stars because I did not enjoy this story, I think it poorly judged; better condensed to 15 minutes or so and shoved onto the front of War Against the Laan, the two of which would have made a 4 star story.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2013
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Second in the latest series of Doctor Who audio stories that feature Tom Baker as the Doctor and Mary Tamm as Romana. In this one they are joined by John Leeson as K9.

This story runs for three episodes, which vary in length from twenty nine to twenty three minutes, and is complete on a single cd.

It can be heard without having heard any of the previous Fourth Doctor audios. Although you need to be aware that it ends on a cliffhanger which will be resolved in the next story in this run. Thus it does feel like the first half of a bigger story rather than something that's complete in it's own right.

Set on Earth, somewhen in the future, the story sees the result of the election for President of Earth return the first ever independent candidate to the role. But she has a few lessons to learn. And a strange problem.

A ruthless tycoon sees a horde of aliens headed towards Earth.

They land in the Sahara desert. With the TARDIS following along.

With the military and the corporation on the scene, can the Doctor and Romana find why the aliens have come to Earth? And can they prevent a war that could prove very costly to all sides?

This does have a very 1970's feel to it, and there are moments when you can imagine the visuals in the style of the show at the time. Even the incidental music feels like something out of this particular tv era of the show.

The first episode offers lots of intriguing set up, a great performance by David Warner as the aforementioned tycoon Cutherbert. He does a good accent and makes him more ruthless than evil.

The three TARDIS crew members are all at the top of their game and have some excellent scenes together.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Nov. 2013
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This is an original audio adventure featuring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, with the wonderful Mary Tamm as Romana, his timelady travelling companion. Caught up in the eddy of what appears to be an enormous number of beings travelling to Earth, the Tardis and its crew set off in hot pursuit. But a ruthless businessman, Cuthbert, CEO of the global power Conglomerate, is also tracking the alien beings, because they ruined a very expensive and mysterious experiment he was carrying out in space. Can the Doctor and Romana find out what the aliens are doing? Can K-9 get the sand out of his insides? And what does the Sahara desert have to do with anything? Find out all this, and more in this great adventure.

I really enjoyed this, and the story finishes at a point which leads on to another adventure War Against the Laan. So you really need to get that story to find out where this story leads to.

This story really truly felt like a story from 1978 - even the music seemed eerily reminiscent of the right time and place. The sound effects in the story seemed, for some reason to be very distinct as well - even the footprints and walking across the sand seemed to be absolutely spot-on - you could hear the characters right beside you and `feel' the desert air. Great stuff.
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