- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sands of Life (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Feb 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good - these Dr Who audio stories are a great way to experience new adventures of Dr's past... brilliant listening.Published 5 days ago by Pete in UK
‘The Sands of Life’ and ‘War Against the Laan’ were both written, directed and scored by Nick Briggs. Read morePublished 3 months ago by R101
After their visit to the 1920s, the Doctor and Romana now end up in Earth’s future. A new world president has been elected but much of the power seems to lie with the Conglomerate... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alaran
Inevitably any listening is tinged with the sadness of knowing that Mary Tamm died shortly after recording her Baker audios. This one is hampered by two main problems 1. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Roy WD