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5.0 out of 5 stars The Silicon terror
Latest Doctor Who audio story. First in a new run of three that features the Fifth Doctor, along with companions Tegan, Turlough, and Nyssa.

There have been three other audio trilogies for this particular line up before this latest one. Whilst a story arc involving Nyssa searching for a cure to a disease has run throughout those, it's usually been in the...
Published on 21 May 2013 by Paul Tapner

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2.0 out of 5 stars Eldrad Must Die! – Unspectacular attempt at reviving an old monster (er, I mean Eldrad, not Tegan…)
This is the hundred and seventy second release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, Sarah Sutton and Janet Fielding as Five, Turlough, Nyssa and Tegan. There are four episodes, roughly 30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Silicon terror, 21 May 2013
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This review is from: Eldrad Must Die! (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who audio story. First in a new run of three that features the Fifth Doctor, along with companions Tegan, Turlough, and Nyssa.

There have been three other audio trilogies for this particular line up before this latest one. Whilst a story arc involving Nyssa searching for a cure to a disease has run throughout those, it's usually been in the background to the whole thing and doesn't get mentioned in this, so you can hear this without having heard any of those previous stories.

This is a sequel to the Fourth Doctor tv story 'the Hand of Fear', and it will benefit anyone hearing this to have watched that. But if you're a Doctor Who fan then you will have seen that. So it won't be an issue.

This story runs for four parts. The first two episodes are thirty minutes in length. The third is twenty five minutes long. And the fourth part goes to just over thirty three [approx]. It's complete on two cd's.

In the Hand of Fear, Eldrad, the Meglomanical ruler of the planet Kastria who had been deposed and seemingly killed a long time ago, was a silicon based lifeform. He managed to regenerate from the remains of his hand. The Fourth Doctor dealt with that.

But what if other parts of Eldrad were out there?

A being who desires only to live once again and to have power over all spells a terrible threat. But Eldrad may just be facing other problems...

This is the best kind of sequel because it takes the ideas and style of the original - there are homages to the tv story and Eldrad is voiced by Stephen Thorne, who did the same on tv - and goes off in a new direction with them. The script really does consider Eldrad's abilities to the fullest, and what powers he might have, and does some very inventive things with them.

A lot of Fifth Doctor stories have involved Nyssa being possessed, which is becoming a bit of a cliche, but this considers the whole notion of possession in more depth than any of those. It really is quite unsettling and very scary at points because of that.

There's a present day real world setting to a lot of scenes which is very well rendered. It also uses the medium of audio to the fullest, with some spectacular images and moments that even a big budget movie might struggle to realise.

And along with all that you get a great TARDIS crew who are played by four actors who work superbly well together. The script does give each their moments to shine.

This is a big and satisfying epic and well worth a listen.

There's seventeen minutes [approx] of music from the story on the last track of disc one.

Just over fifteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the penultimate track of disc two. Worth listening to in particular for some remarkable facts about Mark Strickson's current home town.

And a trailer for the next release in this range on the track after that.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Eldrad Must Die! – Unspectacular attempt at reviving an old monster (er, I mean Eldrad, not Tegan…), 30 July 2014
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the hundred and seventy second release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, Sarah Sutton and Janet Fielding as Five, Turlough, Nyssa and Tegan. There are four episodes, roughly 30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc and a few minutes of the soundtrack at the end of disc 1.

This is the first of three adventures in a row to feature this particular TARDIS crew, where 5, Tegan and Turlough have teamed up with an older Nyssa (following her departure in Terminus and reappearance 50 years later in her time line in Cobwebs) who now looks like a teen again following a rejuvniation in the superb ‘Emerald Tiger’. Not that you need to know any of this, as the producers/writers seem to have totally forgotten about Nyssa and her mission to cure Richter’s disease for several releases in a row now, and this release is no exception.

With the first two trilogies for this crew (Cobwebs, Whispering Forest, Cradle of the Snake, Heroes Of Sontar, Kiss Of Death and Rat Trap) I was distinctly underwhelmed, and was as bored with writing negative reviews as I was with the stories themselves. I felt that it was time to drop this combination, but then the last trilogy (The Emerald Tiger, The Jupiter Conjunction and The Butcher Of Brisbane) came along and I was blown away, especially by Emerald Tiger. It showed that this was actually a TARDIS crew that could work, and with characters that could create some real dramatic tension. Excellent thought I, roll on their next series, hopefully there will be more of the same.

Sad to say, Big Finish seem to have returned to their bad old ways with this opening adventure. It serves as a sequel to ‘Hand Of Fear’, the 4th Doctor TV series that saw the departure of the popular Liz Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith from the original show. It also has links to ‘Mawdryn Undead’, the TV serial that introduced Turlough. And that is the start of this serials problems, too much reliance on the listener being familiar with these stories. I have seen Hand of Fear, but many years ago, so only have a vague recollection of Eldrad. As such I think I missed quite a lot of the point of this story through not knowing enough of the background. On top of that this is a not particularly interesting adventure that just totally failed to get me involved in any way. The script is particularly poor in places, and there is one scene where various characters just stand around repeating ‘Eldrad must die’, ‘Eldrad must live’ ad nauseum that is particularly boring and verging on annoying. And aside from the poor dialogue is a confused mess of a plot and story that defied my understanding even on a careful second listen.

Hats off to Davison, Strickson, Sutton, Fielding and (an always welcome) Stephen Thorne, who do absolutely everything they can to bring this alive but the script and the producers were too much for them to defeat. 2 stars for this, it’s not as dire an abomination as ‘Neckromantea’ or ‘The Dark Husband’, but it is a very long way from the heights that Big Finish have achieved.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Eldrad Must Die!, 18 Nov. 2013
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This is a new audio adventure featuring the Fifth Doctor, as played by Peter Davison, with Tegan, Nyssa and Turlough. Sometimes in the fifth Doctor stories with three companions it happens that the story gets a bit overshadowed by the sheer fact of having to keep four people, at a minimum occupied throughout. But there is no problem with keeping everyone involved in the story profitably throughout this story.

The story picks up on an element of a Fourth Doctor story, when the Doctor and Sarah Jane discover an apparently fossilised hand in a quarry on Earth - but the hand regenerates into Eldrad, a Kastrian who was executed by his own people many millions of light years and time away from twentieth century Earth. Eldrad's hand remained intact and he was able, as a silicon-based lifeforce, to regenerate from that. The Doctor and Sarah Jane, in that story lure Eldrad to his death back on Kastria.

In this story, you hear the name Eldrad quite a lot for a while, but it takes a bit of the way into the story before the Doctor himself hears it - and begins to wonder how it could be Eldrad when he was killed by his former incarnation? But there's way more to this story than just a simple case of mistaken identity, or returning from the dead - don't worry, even if you think you've got it all worked out - you haven't! The story is complex enough to keep your interest right the way through. And I particularly like the way Turlough is used in this story - Mark Strickson plays Turlough incredibly well in this story - he goes from the surly rather touchy young man to ... well, that's part of the joy of listening to the story, seeing where Turlough's character does go. But I was really impressed with the way the character was developed, and the way Mark Strickson played him.

This is a great story; I really enjoyed the interaction of the Doctor with the Earth-bound characters, and the aliens. And Tegan, Nyssa and of course Turlough get heaps of action, all well suited to their characters. The story is interesting, and it's a welcome return for Stephen Thorne reprising the role of Eldrad which he played in the original Fourth Doctor story - the voice sends chills down your spine. Definitely recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Fifth Doctor Meets Eldrad, 27 Oct. 2013
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Doctor Who: Eldrad Must Die.

Product Info.
2xCD's
4 - Episodes
Running Time 120 Minutes

CD Extras.
Trailer
Incidental Music Score
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Positive.
1)A great mysterious sequel to 'The Hand Of Fear' written by the excellent Marc Platt.
2)Stephen Thorne returns to voice Eldrad.
3)There's great chemistry shared between The Doctor Tegan, Nyssa & Turlough as actor's Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton & Mark Strictson who all deliver great performances in this audio adventure.

Negative.
1)If you haven't seen the Fourth Doctor story 'The Hand Of Fear' some listeners may become a little confused as to the events happening in this story.

Cast.
The Doctor - Peter Davison
Tegan Jovanka - Janet Fielding
Turlough - Mark Strickson
Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
Eldrad - Stephen Thorne
Mulkris - Nancy Carroll
Charlie Gibbs - Pip Torrens
Kate Sherrin/Waitress - Jessica Claire
Bob Gell/Captain O'Brien - Brian Protheroe
Jim/Lt Parker/Rocco - Mark Field

Trivia.
1)Stephen Thorne was also was in the classic Doctor Who Tv series playing Eldrad but also Azral in 'The Daemons', & Omega in 'The Three Doctor's'.
2)This is a sequel to the Fourth Doctor adventure 'The Hand Of Fear'.

What's Up Doc?
A nuclear icebreaker, foundering in Arctic waters. Seabirds washed up in the fishing resort of Ambermouth, their wings encrusted with crystals. A shining artefact of uncertain provenance, up for sale on an auction site.

All of these things are linked, as the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan & Turlough are about to discover. Linked to the rebirth of a genocidal tyrant, presumed dead many years ago...

For the sake of the planets Earth & Kastria alike... Eldrad must die!

Timelord Thoughts.
Marc Platt must like writing story's about classic Doctor Who villians, from the origins of the Cybermen in 'Spare Parts' to Magnus Greel in 'The Butcher Of Brisbane' writer Platt has the ability to write great prequel/sequels & now it's Eldrads turn.

Well, writer Marc Platt doesn't disappoint with this superb follow up to 'The Hand Of Fear' that really engaged this listeners attention from begining to end.

This audio drama has a epic tone to the storyline & delivers some excellent atmospheric chilling moments of great drama & tension & by using Eldrad quite sparingly in this adventure this makes his appearances all that more terrifying when he does appear.

Actor, Stephen Thorne is no stranger to voicing classic Who villians having made several Tv appearances in the show & has performed in several Big Finish audio dramas over the years & now gets to reprise the tyrannical Eldrad & gives a chilling performance here that truly terrifies.

The main cast all perform well in this audio drama but extra praise goes to Mark Strickson who injects some genuine heartfelt emotion with his performance of Turlough.

Peter Davison is on sparking form as the curious kind Fifth Doctor, while Janet Felding & Sarah Sutton are both given some great moments of drama as Tegan & Nyssa throughout this four part adventure.

Overall, Eldrad Must Die is a spooky mysterious audio drama set in the coastal village of Abbermouth that's crammed full of tense moments, with atmospheric sound effects & haunting score by Wilfredo Acosta makes this another highly recommended Fifth Doctor adventure & a cracking follow up to 'The Hand Of Fear'.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars A return, 30 April 2013
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Eldrad was in Doctor Who during the Tom Baker era. In fact it was Liz Sladens' last story. It is nice to see Stephen Thorne has been given the role he played in The hand of fear
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5.0 out of 5 stars ELDRAD MUST F****** DIE!!!!, 25 Jan. 2014
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Yes Eldrad you must die..no you must live??!?!?!#

A brilliant four part story which would work brilliantly on screen aswell! 5*'s
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, 20 Aug. 2013
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I prefer 'The Hand Of Fear' but the return of Eldrad was quite well handled on the whole. Nothing outstanding here but nothing bad either!
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