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4.0 out of 5 stars The Kingdom of Silver and Keepsake: "I am the Magus!" "You are incorrect - you are raw material"
This is the hundred and twelfth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as a companionless Seventh Doctor, and has a welcome part for Terry Molloy in a rare opportunity for him to play someone other than Davros for a change. There are two stories here, the first three episodes are an...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fortunately there is a silver lining...
The return of the second best Doctor Who monster heralds this latest original audio adventure for Sylvester McCoy's Seventh Doctor - this time travelling solo. Two warring planets are fighting over scraps of Cyber Technology in order to improve their chances of winning the war; into this steps The Doctor, and he is soon working with Android spy `Temeter' to once again...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fortunately there is a silver lining..., 30 Jan 2009
This review is from: Kingdom of Silver (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
The return of the second best Doctor Who monster heralds this latest original audio adventure for Sylvester McCoy's Seventh Doctor - this time travelling solo. Two warring planets are fighting over scraps of Cyber Technology in order to improve their chances of winning the war; into this steps The Doctor, and he is soon working with Android spy `Temeter' to once again outwit his deadly foe...

McCoy brings his usual mix of dark whimsy and deceptive charm to the party, whilst The Cybermen do their thing and the plot rushes on. To be honest, that's about all I can say about an undemanding and generic Doctor Who audio adventure.

The bonus story `Keepsake' improves things no end, as The Doctor arrives many years later on a planet that appears to be a giant scrap yard complete with Droid attendant. The unusually intelligent mechanoid leads the Timelord to discovers what became of Temeter and his unfortunate colleague Sara after they had completed their mission. A stirring blend of pathos and intrigue ensues and I ended up slightly disappointed that this wasn't the main story.

The CD extras comprise the usual interviews with cast and crew - most notable of these is Nick Briggs' concluding chat with Sylvester McCoy, where the actor shares his thoughts about how The Seventh Doctor could be revived! All in all this is a slightly disappointing audio story which is rescued by its bonus story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor's Silver Nemesis Have Returned, 22 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Kingdom of Silver (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Positive.
1)Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor gives a intriguing darker seventh Doctor performance here.
2)A intriguing story were the misguided inhabitants of Tasak want to be converted into Cybermen.

Negative.
1)The 3 episode format doesn't work & having the 1 parter Keepsake doesn't do that story justice either.
2)This story doesn't bring anything particularly new of spectacular.

Trivia.
Terry Molloy who plays Magnus Riga is better known as playing Davros in the 1980's era of Doctor Who & on several Big Finish audio.

CD Info.
2 CD of a 3 part story & a 1 part story,Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

Review.
This story really needed to be a 4 parter as there is potential for a great story here but the pacing seems rushed for it's narrative to compress into the story's 3 episode's structure.

The plot has the Seventh Doctor going solo arriving in the Tardis on the planet Tasak which is about to enter it's industrial age.

But terrible secrets of the planet Tasak are about to resurface as the people of Tasak are using stange technology found from beneath the surface despite the Doctors pleas of it's dangers.

Meanwhile two warring factions compete to gain the initiative of the war using this cyber technology to there advantage.

Soon the Doctor faces one of his deadliest enemys the Cybermen!

But the Cybermen aren't the only threat here as some of the misguided inhabitants of Tasak think that a cyber conversion is a good idea unleashing a attack on those opposed to Cyber conversion.

Can the Doctor stop the Cybermens plan for colonization or will the inhabitants of Tasak become another planet to be converted by the Cybermen?

The 1 part story Keepsake is set on a junkyard featuring two characters fates from Kingdom of Silver which also features the Doctor.

This is a decent episode but like Kingdom of Silver it feels crammed into it's running time as a extra ten minutes would've done the story better justice.

This release does at least give us the darker seventh Doctor played excellently by Sylvester McCoy & the idea of the inhabitants of Tasak wanting to be converted is a interesting one.

This isn't a bad story but nothing really sticks in your mind after you've listened to it which is surprising as James Swallow a good writer of Doctor Who but is very average in his writing here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Kingdom of Silver and Keepsake: "I am the Magus!" "You are incorrect - you are raw material", 21 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Kingdom of Silver (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and twelfth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as a companionless Seventh Doctor, and has a welcome part for Terry Molloy in a rare opportunity for him to play someone other than Davros for a change. There are two stories here, the first three episodes are an adventure called `Kingdom of Silver', the fourth episode a one part story called `Keepsake' that acts as a coda to the three parter. Episodes are roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings within the three parter. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

The first adventure, the three part `Kingdom of Silver', is an average Cybermen story. The Doctor is on a planet that has not advanced out of the steam age, but seems to have a few examples of very advanced technology. Whilst investigating he meets Temeter, another offworlder, who is also tracking the use of non-indigenous technology. Soon the planet's secret is revealed and The Doctor and his friends are running not only from Cybermen but from those misguided individuals who think cyber-conversion is a good idea. McCoy plays Seven as the darker, brooding figure that we see towards the end of his regeneration, like that seen in `Valhalla' and `The Death Collectors'. It's a great characterisation and he really pulls it off to give us an interesting, thoughtful and thought provoking Doctor.

With a few shout outs for the excellent `Spare Parts' and similarities to Tomb of the Cybermen, this is a so-so adventure that ticks the boxes but does nothing really special. It is the coda that really lifts this release. Many years in the future, Seven finds some remnants of his friends from Kingdom of Silver in a rubbish tip and there are some suprising relvelations as to their fate after the parted company. It's a thoughtful episode, and a remarkably good idea.

However, the release does have the drawback of acting too much as an advert for Cybermen series 2, and trying too hard to link in with it does detract a little. 4 stars in all for this release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars we shall become silver, 30 Sep 2008
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This review is from: Kingdom of Silver (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
an audio adventure for the seventh doctor who, as played by slyvester mccoy. in this story he is travelling on his own without any companions.

kingdom of silver is a three part story, spread over two discs, and there is also a one part story on disc two called keepsake.

as usual with these the first disc begins with a trailer for the next release in the big finish range of doctor who audios, and both discs end with roughly fifteen to twenty minutes worth of interviews with the cast and the crew involved in the story. the ones on this release do have their moments and are quite a good listen.

as regards kingdom of silver, you can see from the cover that it involves the cybermen. the doctor visits a planet that is relatively low tech, and the people there are using things they've discovered buried under the surface to enhance their technology. can he convince them how deadly the stuff is? and there are other beings on the planet with their own agenda...

this is an excellent little story. there's a great amount of detail to the setting, which makes it highly convincing and genuine science fiction. the first episode does take a while to get going and the first cliffhanger does come on us rather suddenly as a result, but after that it's gripping stuff, and there are some very gripping moments to come, in an audio that uses sound amazingly well. the noise of cybermen coming to life will create strong images in your mind.

all of the cast are excellent, there's a moral dilemma or two to think about at the heart of the tale, and it's really very exciting at times. an excellent story that might even have worked as a four parter.

the one part story keepsake acts as a coda to kingdom of silver, as the doctor happens to find out what happened to some of the characters involved in it. there's some good settings and good science fiction in this also, and a few more moral dilemmas, most notably how far should an army go to defeat an enemy? the central romance doesnt grab perhaps as much as it should and thus the end doesnt quite have the emotional impact it could have, but this is a decent little audio in so many ways.

it also serves to act as set up for the forthcoming audio series cyberman two, so one loose end it leaves will be dealt with in that.

an excellent doctor who audio, and really worth a listen
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3.0 out of 5 stars "I've heard this all before somewhere", 19 Oct 2008
This review is from: Kingdom of Silver (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
A three part story, "Kingdom of Silver" is followed by the single part story "Keepsake". I was looking forward to this, but have to say I was very disappointed...

The Doctor, travelling with no companions, lands on a planet on the brink of a technological revolution. Having made peace with those planets with surround it, the situation is very delicate. And it looks set to break entirely: the opportunistic leaders have based their new found technological prowess on ancient Cyber technology, littered all over their planet. For you see, this is a Cyber Tomb planet! Cue lots of running around as the Cybermen awaken.

So far, so familiar. This story is a virtual remake of the 1967 story "Tomb of the Cybermen", as was the Big Finish series "Cyberman". I'm getting totally fed up of listening to cold re-heatings of old stories. As such, the plot is cliched and anything but original. Unfortunately, the characters and dialogue fall into the same category. Even for three episodes, the plot seems thinly spread.

"Keepsake", on the other hand, I found a pleasant surprise. Set two thousand years after "Kingdom..", the Doctor stumbles across a reminder of his previous visit. This is a nice, simple meditation on life, death and memory- and as such is quite powerful.

The interviews on the disc are pretty samey, with everybody saying how fab they feel the script is and how much fun they have had making it. I only wish I'd had as much fun listening. In fact, the only thing I took from this is that it sets up the series "Cyberman 2". If it's anything like this, I won't be listening.

In short, if you are new to Dr Who and have never come across a classic series Cyberman story then you will probably like "Kingdom of Silver". Otherwise, you'll have heard it all before. I would give this CD 1 star if it wasn't for Keepsake, which boosts it to 3. If you want to buy a Big Finish, go and get something decent from earlier in the range like "Jubilee" or "Spare Parts".
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