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5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Martians, 28 Nov 2010
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Deimos (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who audio adventure to feature Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, and Niky Wardley as his companion Tamsin.

This story runs for two episodes of just under thirty minutes each and is complete on one cd.

The eighth Doctor once had a story set on the Martian moon Phobos (Doctor Who) and now he visits the other Martian moon. Although there's no tie in between the two stories other than that.

Mars was the home of the Doctor's old enemies the Ice Warriors. But that was long before. The planet is now being terraformed by humans, and Deimos has a moonbase that contains a museum where tourists encounter the history of the planet and Ice warrior expert Professor Schooner guides them round.

Elderly couple Harold and Margaret are on a holiday and the latter seems to be enjoying it more than his wife. The professor thinks he knows all there is to know about Ice warriors and doesn't take kindly to finding out otherwise. The security chief is a broken down divorced drunk. But his lady superior can be ruthless if required.

Into the middle of all this comes the Doctor and Tamsin. Just as people find that the Ice warriors aren't as dead a civilisation as they may have thought.

The situation escalates from then on. The story doing a nice job of that, not going for all out action from the off. Once things do get going the depth of the characterisation becomes impressive, as Harold and Margaret show unexpected depths and security chief Gregson manages to rise to the situation also.

There are action moments as the Ice warriors attack, and these work so very well on audio because the visuals your imagination conjures up are unfettered by the limitations of tv budgets.

A fine cast bring great depth to all the human roles. The Ice warriors have been written in many different ways down the years, ranging from arrogant thugs to noble honour seeking warriors. This goes for the former approach and that makes them great adversaries. Although they're not entirely unthinking foes, as some nicely subtle scenes illustrate.

Everything ends with a huge moral dilemma. The kind we've seen the Doctor face on tv before. But all that's new to Tamsin, so you can but wonder where their relationship will go after this. And this is the first of a two part story, thus it ends on a very big cliffhanger. One you might have been expecting after the end of the previous story The Book of Kells (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) but even so...

The next part is The Resurrection of Mars (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures). The trailer for it can be found at the end of episode two. And there are reasons for that. There are fifteen minutes or so worth of interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc. Don't listen to them in advance.

A superb start to what should be a memorable two parter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old friends and new friends, 21 April 2011
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Keen Reader "lhendry4" (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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I really enjoyed this story - starts off right into the action with tourists on Mars getting caught up with the awakening of the previous inhabitants.

Really liking Tamsin as a companion so far - she's irreverent yet fiercely determined to help, and not just be palmed off `like a bimbo' as she says.

Good mix of drama, moral dilemma and humour - love the characters of Harold and Margaret - good old salt of the earth tourists; and the funny remarks scattered throughout e.g. when Tamsin protests "it was the professor with the spanner in the power room" - Cluedo anyone? Likewise the other characters in this story - they're all well cast, well played and a good mix of characters.

This story felt a lot like a Doctor Who adventure from an earlier period - where the Doctor just drops into an already developing story, people everywhere with their own ideas on what's going on, multiple motivations from everyone, a lot of running and loud noises. It was nice to be reminded of the older Doctor Who times particularly now, with the death of Elisabeth Sladen being announced - she will be sadly missed.

Great story, welcome return of old foes for the Doctor, the Doctor and his companion in fine form. Top marks for this one. Can't wait to get to the next story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the moons of Mars!, 28 Nov 2010
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Tony Jones "Tony" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Deimos (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Having been to the other moon of Mars with Lucie Miller, we now find ourselves on Deimos with Tamsin Drew. Not only that but we have tourists visiting the museum of frozen Ice Warriors and their relics. Needless to say that the Ice Warriors don't stay frozen for very long!

This is part 1 of 2 and has some good performances - I particularly like Tracy Ann Oberman as the captain of the space ship. The Warriors are well executed and the whole piece flies along. We have several plot points giving little cliff hangers and just as everything settles down for the end a great twist.

A very decent episode that leaves us eager for part 2 in The Resurrection of Mars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eighth Doctor Vs The Ice Warriors, 11 May 2014
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This review is from: Deimos (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Cd Info.
1xCD of a linked 2 part story with The Resurrection Of Mars.
Running time 60 minutes approx.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Niki Wardley featured alongside Catherine Tate & Matthew Horne on The Catherine Tate Show.
2)David Warner has appeared in many Big Finish audiobooks as well as the tv series 7 episode Cold War, His other credits include The Omen & Star Trek V & VI plus tv episode's Star Trek The Next Generation Chain Of Command parts 1 & 2.
3)Tracy-Ann Oberman appeared in series 2 episodes Army Of Ghosts & Doomsday as well as playing the character of Chrissy Watts in Eastenders.
4)Nicky Henson has appeared in Loups-Garoux & The Doomwood Curse for Doctor Who Big Finish Audiobooks.
5)Susan Brown appeared in the 5 part mini series Torchwood Children Of Earth & also featured in several Doctor Who Big Finish Audiobooks.
6)This story ends on a great cliffhanger.

Plot Synopsis.
On the Martian moon of Deimos The Ice Warriors have sealed themselves away in hibernation when there planet is rendered inhospitable & by the 23rd century Mars was thought to be extinct.

Mars & it's moon's eventually became tourist attractions for humans & today visiting the attractions is The Eighth Doctor & Tasmin, But now The Ice Warriors have awaked & they want Mars back!

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a excellent story by writer Jonathan Morris who delivers a rich adventure here piting the Eighth Doctor against The Ice Warriors for the first time.

Paul McGann is on fine form here as the inquisitive Eighth Doctor with Companion Tamsin Drew who's story arc changes dramatically in the next story due to this story's cliffhanger ending.

Tracy-Ann Oberman delivers a great performance as Captain Temperance Finch as does the ever excellent David Warner playing the wonderful character named Professor Boston Schooner.

This is well paced audio adventure that builds up momentum leading up to a thrilling cliffhanger that is resolved in the next story The Resurrection Of Mars.

With excellent production values Deimos is one of my favourite Eighth Doctor story's & a brilliant story to feature the return of the Ice Warriors.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Okay story!, 4 July 2013
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It's an okay story, I like the way Jonathan Morris has set it on Mars's second moon Deimos as a tribute to the other moon Thoobos. It is clear and easy to listen to when played.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tourism gone mad!, 8 Feb 2013
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Mr. Jm Lord "Mickdenise27" (Bacup, Lancashire, England.) - See all my reviews
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Again, not a bad idea for a storyline....ordinary folk on an ordinary tourist day out. But this just happens to be on one of the Moons of Mars. These blasted Ice-Warriors are always thawing out and coming back to life. You would think by now they would have rotted away, but of course if they had done we would not have had a story. A decent listen but too far fetched for me.
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