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4.0 out of 5 stars Eleventh Doctor Adventure With The Cybermen!, 7 Oct 2014
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This is a great audiobook to listen to with the novel

`Plague of the Cybermen' is a good read and features a chillingly atmospheric adventure with Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor facing his metallic foes - the Cybermen. The story is well written by Justin Richards who's really good at telling his story for `Doctor Who' with BBC Books. And the audiobook is superbly read by actor David Warner, who I've had the pleasure of meeting and asking him to sign the CD cover for the audiobook at a convention in Cardiff in March this year. Nick Briggs also provides the voices of the Cybermen in certain parts of the story with David reading.

This story is about the Eleventh Doctor visiting the village of Klimtenberg on Earth during the 19th century. There's a mysterious plague going on as people are being infected with a `wasting disease' that somehow kills them and then brings the dead back to life from their graves. The Doctor knows something is wrong and he with the help of school teacher Olga Bordmann goes to investigate what's up with this strange plague. Pretty soon he meets the Plague Warriors - who turn out to be the Cybermen. The Doctor's determined to stop them at whatever game they're playing. But it might just be possible the Doctor's underestimated the Cybermen far more than he realised.

I enjoyed reading the book with hearing the audio in the background. The book is divided into 18 chapters with a prologue at the start of the book. The audio is divided into six CD covers approximately over 5 hours 24 minutes, and it is an unabridged reading of the story.

David Warner is fine actor to read this story with clear clarity and quality. I'm very glad to have met him. I've met David Warner twice at conventions both in Swansea and Cardiff. I remember him well for appearing in the two `Star Trek' movies he did - 'Star Trek V: The Final Frontier' and 'Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country'. He's also worked with Patrick Stewart in the `Star Trek: The Next Generation' two-part story 'Chain of Command' as well working with him in the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) plays in Stratford-upon-Avon. He's also done a number of Big Finish audios in `Doctor Who' including my personal favourite 'Circular Time' with Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton. He's also recently appeared in the new series of `Doctor Who' with Matt Smith in the episode 'Cold War' with an Ice Warrior.

It was great chatting to David about his work in `Star Trek' and `Doctor Who' when I met him recently in Cardiff. He was sitting close by to Paul McGann (the Eighth Doctor) and I remember him jokingly remarking he and Paul weren't speaking to each other since he was mean to him in `Hornblower'. David was happy to sign `Plague of the Cybermen' for me, but he did warn me before I heard it he found it hard reading it for audio. I took that in consideration as I read and listened to the story. After finished reading/listening to `Plague of the Cybermen' I thoroughly enjoyed it and David reads it so well despite the struggle he seemed to have with it.

David reads very well for the Eleventh Doctor in this adventure. Having worked with Matt Smith in `Cold War', he knows what Matt looks and sounds like when reading. He doesn't give a good impersonation of the character, but the tone of his reading for the Eleventh Doctor is evident as he emphasises the youthfulness of the character. David balances the humour as well as the seriousness of the Doctor pretty well, and since he's played the Doctor himself in two Unbound plays for Big Finish recently it helps. I like how the Eleventh Doctor interacts with the villages of Klimtenburg in order to save them from the Cybermen. This story is set after the Doctor's lost his companions Amy and Rory in 'The Angels In Manhattan' as he's now travelling alone.

The Doctor gets a temporary companion in the form of Olga Bordmann in this story. Olga is a school teacher in the village of Klimtenberg and looks after the children. She helps the Doctor with unravelling the mystery of the plague by telling him what's going on and joining him on the adventure. Together they discover in their tomb-like honeycombs in the story. Olga has 19th century views and sometimes doesn't get what the Doctor's going on about with modern terminology and even questions his ways. She's really good to fit in the role of companion and it's surprising she didn't go on travelling with the Doctor in the TARDIS, as she rather prefers to stay with Klaus who she's seemingly in love with at the end of the story.

The Cybermen I found didn't say much during the story when I read/listened to it. There's plenty of atmospheric and action-packed where the Cybermen reawaken from their tombs; attack the Doctor or battling with the villagers which Justin Richards writes very well. But I expected the Cybermen to say more than what they said in the story with Nick Briggs doing the voices for them. The voices are correct and superb coming from the new series style of Cybermen from 'Rise of the Cybermen'/'The Age of Steel'. But most of the Cybermen's dialogue takes place on Disc 6 in the last three chapters of the story. I like the honeycomb tomb in the story reminding me of 'The Tomb of the Cybermen' and also from the Borg in `Star Trek'. There's a boy with the body of the Cybermen that talks with a cyber-voice that I liked.

I've really enjoyed reading/listening to `Plague of the Cybermen'. The audiobook is really good and I'm very pleased to have the CD cover signed by David Warner who reads this story very well. It's a really good creepy chilling atmospheric adventure with the Eleventh Doctor who makes a new friend called Olga and gets to have an adventure fighting the Cybermen.

The next story for the Doctor is 'The Dalek Generation'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie Cyberman Vs The Eleventh Doctor, 25 Nov 2013
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This is a exellent audiobook written as a novel & adapted for audiobook format by author Justin Richard's.

This chilling & exciting Eleventh Doctor adventure is narrated by the exellent David Warner who gives a superb read here as this audio also features Nicolas Briggs once again voicing the Cybermen.

The dead are returning to life in the village of Klimtenburg were a seemingly new plague is killings it's victims slowly wasting them away in the most gruesome horrid way.

The Eleventh Doctor currently travelling solo arrives in the Tardis & when his curiosity for getting involved gets the better of him he becomes entangled in the mystery & deduces that with this plague when you die you'll later reawaken becoming a Zombie of the undead & rise from your graves.

As the victims of this terrible disease are leaving there graves the Doctor hears of a myth about the plague warriors & is confident of what is happening to the plagues undead in the local village.

But soon the Doctor will face one of his oldest enemy's The Cybermen are reawakening & The Doctor realizes he may infact have misjudged the situation.

Can The Doctor find a way to stop the Cybermens plans & work out how to find a cure for the terrible suffering the victims of Klimtenburg are experiencing & just what has caused this plague?

Justin Richards has wrote many exellent Doctor Who novels & Big Finish audios & here delivers a truly entertaining & chilling story which features the Cybermen.

But what's good about this particular Cybermen adventure is Justin's ability to write the Cybermen as scary & a worthy advisory for the Eleventh Doctor.

The idea of a plague returning the dead as they rise from there graves is a chilling one & would've been far to violent for a family audience viewing this on the Tv series of today.

Justin captures the performance & character of Matt Smiths portrayal of the Eleventh Doctor & puts him right into the heart of this chilling adventure.

David Warner who is becoming a regular at Big Finish Productions here narrates this story for AudioGo & gives a superb read engaging the listener & with Nicolas Briggs once again on Cybermen voicing duties this feels more like a two hander than just a solo narration.

This is a fantastic adventure for the Eleventh Doctor & entertaining from beginning to end & is a highly recommended audiobook release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Gruesome is apposite....", 23 May 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: Plague of the Cybermen (Audio CD)
Who would have though it? David Warner - movie-actor from the legendary THE OMEN (1976), STAR TREK V (1989), AVATAR (2004) and television-actor from WALLANDER (2008-11) - not only appearing in the televised series (COLD WAR [2013]) but reading a DOCTOR WHO novel for AUDIOGO. It's like having Christmas Day, Birthday and finding an errant shiny one Pound coin on the pavement all in one day. "River, I don't believe it! Slap me!"

In one of the darkest novels in recent years, Warner effortlessly recounts the day the Eleventh Doctor unearths - literally - the truth that lies beneath the earth whilst the heavens above spark and arc with burning electrical lightening in Justin Richards' DOCTOR WHO - PLAGUE OF THE CYBERMEN (multi-formatted releases from BBC BOOKS and AUDIOGO).

A chilling, heart-breaking and relentless (companion-less) adventure, that transports the reader-listener to 19th-century Sweden that is riddled with incessant plague that dissolves flesh and calcifies bone leading to a remorseless death, but, if that wasn't the end of the plague's curse, inexplicably the deceased leave their final resting place. Voluntarily or is there a Nordic version of Burke & Hare retrieving the cadavers (each adorned with mysterious metal necklace Talisman) for experimentation or spare parts?

Old Nicolai: "Doctor, thank God you're here".

The tone of the novel, embraced by stoical David Warner's reading, is truly macabre and traumatic with the Time Lord challenged at every turn and every (confident) preen of his (cool) bow tie. Certainly, this disquieting tone is laid-bare from the novel's prologue which, as a warning for all `junior Time Lords' - and their parents - is not for the faint-hearted or those who don't want to recall the adventure as they sleep and dream.

Gruesome is apposite.

The Doctor: "And you don't need the Observer Book of Dead Bodies to tell you that one of his legs is missing".

Singularly foreboding in every inflection and with precision delivery of every consonant and vowel, David Warner's subterranean tone is epically suited to PLAGUE OF THE CYBERMEN, minimalistic in attempt to mimic or delineate each of Richards' Holmesian-like (see writer Robert Holmes contribution to DOCTOR WHO) characters, he imbues each, including the youthful Gallifreyan, with motive, drive, anxiety and verve that brings them to life. Surely, a masterly skill that many other audiobook readers would envy.

Cyberman: "You belong to us. You shall be like us".

With the addition of Nicholas Briggs' growling metallic drone of the cybermen, and a malevolent rumbling soundtrack that never distracts from Warner's reading, the audiobook production is exemplary, and, like a cyber-arm tightly gripping around your throat, pulls you in to the story until you succumb.

An aural confection to gorge upon.

The Doctor: "Cybermen don't get plague. They are plague".

Throughout Justin Richards' delivers an intriguing plot that unravels at a steady (fast)pace that would be only compromised if it was contracted into a 45-minute televised episode, and with the added benefit of a `companion-less' Doctor the storyline is, literally, forward-focused and undiluted with no slipping sideways to account for the actions of the Ponds or Miss Oswald. And there are no complicated or convoluted story arcs that have become themselves `a plague' within the television series.

Who are the Watchmaker, Lord Ernhardt and his thick-skinned, resilient Spouse? What is the truth that lays beneath their castle battlements?

With adroit back-references to the Time Lord's previous adventures (THE BRAIN OF MORBIUS), casual appreciation of QUEENS' `Bohemian Rhapsody' (1975), and a scene that could have been lifted from Terrance Dicks' DOCTOR WHO - STATE OF DECAY, Richards' PLAGUE OF THE CYBERMEN ultimately satisfies, quenching the readers-listeners' thirst with his unique, honest, and salient storytelling `terroir'.

Whether it is the printed novel or audiobook (CD or download from AUDIOGO), DOCTOR WHO - PLAGUE OF THE CYBERMEN is thoroughly engrossing (like a rampant Cybermite, my 10-year old devoured the novel over the weekend), intelligently written and is pitch-perfect in representing the Eleventh Doctor's eye-glinting, hapless yet heroic Time Lord.

But the major question that you will be asking is how has the Cybermen become Michael Fish?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Plague of the Cybermen Audio CD, 8 April 2013
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A thrilling, all-new adventure featuring the Doctor as played by Matt Smith in the spectacular hit series from BBC TV. When the Doctor arrives in the 19th-century village of Klimtenburg, he discovers the residents suffering from some kind of plague - a 'wasting disease'. The victims face a horrible death - but what's worse, the dead seem to be leaving their graves. The Plague Warriors have returned The Doctor is confident he knows what's really happening; he understands where the dead go, and he's sure the Plague Warriors are just a myth. But as some of the Doctor's oldest and most terrible enemies start to awaken he realises that maybe - just maybe - he's misjudged the situation.

Episodes:

1. The Tenth Planet
2. The Moonbase
3. The Tomb of the Cybermen
4. The Wheel in Space
5. The Invasion
6. Revenge of the Cybermen
7. Earthshock
8. The Five Doctors
9. Attack of the Cybermen
10. Silver Nemesis
11. Rise of the Cybermen
12. The Age of Steel
13. Army of Ghosts
14. Doomsday
15. The Next Doctor
16. The Pandorica Opens
17. Closing Time
18. Nightmare in Silver
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