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4.0 out of 5 stars The Walking Dead
A New Doctor Who audio play, featuring Paul McGann as the Doctor and Julie Cox as his travelling companion, Frankenstein writer Mary Shelley.

This follows on from The Silver Turk (Doctor Who) and The Witch from the Well (Doctor Who) but all three stories in this trilogy do pretty much stand on their own, so casual listeners could get into this easily without...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
As much as I like Paul McGann's portrayal of the eighth incarnation of The Doctor, I really don't think he has been served well in terms of stories his Doctor has appeared in. This audio drama begins well but soon tails off into disjointed confusion, and left me uncaring as to the outcome - not something the Big Finish monthly DW releases usually do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Walking Dead, 31 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Army of Death (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
A New Doctor Who audio play, featuring Paul McGann as the Doctor and Julie Cox as his travelling companion, Frankenstein writer Mary Shelley.

This follows on from The Silver Turk (Doctor Who) and The Witch from the Well (Doctor Who) but all three stories in this trilogy do pretty much stand on their own, so casual listeners could get into this easily without having heard the other two.

This one runs for four episodes of twenty five minutes in length each [approx] and is spread over two cds.

The story sees the Doctor and Mary arrive on the planet Draxine, where two city states of human colonists live in harmony.

Supposedly.

Because when they get there, they find that one city has been destroyed. And the president of the other one assassinated by a lady who is now a wanted fugitive. The former vice president has been thrust into a role he never expected to get.

But worse lies in store. Because the dead of the destroyed city have come back to life. Their skeletons are on the march.

And they may not be the only undead on the planet....

As with the first two stories in this trilogy, Paul Mcgann gets some great dialogue which he delivers with aplomb. And Julie Cox makes Mary a hugely appealing character, full of initiative and determination and a strong sense of right and wrong.

The guest characters in this one are nicely written and portrayed, which lives it well above average. An early scene featuring a tough veteran soldier and a scared young recruit encountering the dead is a good example of this. The same goes for the new president, who turns into a character of great depth.

But the main point of this one is to examine Mary's relationship with the Doctor. Because as the opening scene shows, she's at that point lots of companions reach when they realise their feelings for him. An uneasy ride lies ahead for Mary though as she witnesses many horrors on the planet. And learns a few truths about the Doctor also.

The third episode does keep you guessing about what's really going on here.

And whilst certain elements of the fourth do feel familiar, there's a lot of originality about it.

One minor quibble is that this features, as has been occasionally common of these audios of late, some monster voices that are a bit hard to hear. But it also features two other voices treated with special sound that are really quite effective, so it's a minor complaint.

The ending of part four has to bring this trilogy of travels for the Doctor and Mary to a close. But is it the end of the story as well?

No spoilers. But do be sure to listen after the closing music of part four for an extra scene.

A very good piece of science fiction, a fast paced story, and one with great character moments, this is a really good release.

There's just over ten minutes of music from the story on the last track of disc one.

A trailer for the next Doctor Who audio play from Big Finish after that above mentioned extra scene on disc two.

And roughly fifteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew right after that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Vs The Army Of The Dead, 20 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Army of Death (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Army Of Death.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion Mary Shelley.
Main enemy: Karnex.
Main setting: Garrak and Stronghaven, Zelonia, Draxine.
Writer: Jason Arnopp.
Director: Barnaby Edwards.
Format: 2 CDs, 4 episodes.
Running time 120 minutes.

Extra.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.
Incidental musical score.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann.
Mary Shelley - Julie Cox.
President Vallan - David Harewood.
Lady Meera - Carolyn Pickles.
Nia Brusk - Eva Pope.
Commander Raynar/Karnex - Mitch Benn.
Sherla/Baden/Tox - Joanna Christie.
Captain Maddox/Stennan/Sentries - Trevor Cooper.

Trivia.
1)Mary has been travelling with the Doctor for several weeks.
2)Mary regards her husband Percy Shelley as her soulmate.
3)The inhabitants of Draxine are tenth-generation descendants of the original settlers from Earth.
4)An after-credits scene at the end of episode 4 has Mary Shelley writing a final entry on her old journal stating she has instructed the Doctor to return her to her own time, to a place where she -- for better or worse -- belongs.
5)The Doctor refers to Plutonian tax collectors. (Tv: The Sun Makers)
6)The Doctor tells President Vallon that he was once accused of assassinating a president himself. (Tv: The Deadly Assassin)
7)The Doctor mentions to Mary and Nia that he used to have a flying car with a "great number plate." (Tv: Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Planet of the Spiders)
8)David Harewood played Joshua Naismith in the Tenth Doctors final adventure The End Of Time.

Plot Synopsis.
The TARDIS brings the Eighth Doctor & travelling companion Mary Shelley to the continent of Zelonia, on the frontier world Draxine -- where, many moons ago, the twin citystates of Garrak & Stronghaven bore testament to mankind's colonial spirit.

That was before the sinister death cult of Garrak's President Harmon took hold -- & Garrak annihilated itself, utterly, in an apocalyptic explosion. Before the bones of Garrak's dead came back to life & its skeletal citizens began marching on Stronghaven itself.

Just what are this army of death? What do they want? & how can the Doctor stop an army that's already dead? In search of answers, the Doctor and Mary must journey into the dead heart of a dead city were they will face a terrifying army of walking skeletons upon meeting an adversary whose ambitions transcend the stuff of life itself.

Timelord Thoughts.
Doctor Who does gothc horror & does it well in Jason Arnopps chilling script which for the first half is a fast-paced political thriller which slowly bulids towards the dead rising up ready to add to their numbers which is both chilling & effective in its delivery as the twists and turns that came out of the story were quite unexpected & very interesting.

There some great scenes to listen out for in this audio adventure including a small group of soldiers who are attacked by what appears to be walking skeletons who the soldiers try to attack but are soon overcome as the skeletons retaliate & then begin to attack a government building, this is tension paced sequence & a cracking piece of dramatic writing by Arnopp.

Paul McGann once again delivers a excellent performance as the Eighth Doctor bringing out the carefree laid back adventurer while adding great emotion & passion to his Doctors incarnation.

Julie Cox continues to impress as Mary Shelley yet I'm not convinced on her having feelings for the Doctor when she claims Percy to be her soulmate & as this trilogy of adventures conclude the listener is non the wiser to Mary's character or personality.

Actor David Harewood is excellent in this role John Vallan who has only recently come to power following the previous Presidents assassination & showcases the characters terror which he must face up too which is touching & skilfully portrayed by Harewood.

Overall, Army Of Death delivers the right amount of tension, subtle nods to the past & well-rounded written characters which is a darker script of gothic horror overtones by writer Jason Arnopp & as you would expect from Big Finish includes excellent production values plus atmospheric sound effects & you have a chillingly good audio adventure that ends this Eighth Doctor & Mary trilogy on a high.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Army Of Death – How do you kill someone who is already dead?, 26 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Army of Death (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and fifty fifth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight and Julie Cox as Mary Shelly. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 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 third in a trilogy of adventures that teams the Eighth Doctor with autheress and adventuress Mary Shelly. You do not need to have listened to any of the previous outings to get into this story. The Doctor and Mary land on what should be a peaceful planet, only to find some very strange tings going on. A city state has been totally destroyed, and there is an army of skeletons on the march. The pair have to walk along some dark paths until the truth is brought out and the situation resolved.

This is another high octane and generally fun adventure, with a witty script that delivers some great lines and situations for Eight and his companion. Paul McGann plays it with a feverish energy, really bringing out the tiggerish side of his Doctor’s personality. With its blend of horror and humour it almost harks back to the Robert Holmes glory days of the show. It’s a great blend. Personally I loved this release and hope that there will be more Eighth Doctor/ Mary releases soon, though a glance through the release schedules up to mid 2014 suggest I will be disappointed for some time to come. It was a cracking trilogy, a real triumph for the Big Finish team. 5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 15 Aug 2012
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As much as I like Paul McGann's portrayal of the eighth incarnation of The Doctor, I really don't think he has been served well in terms of stories his Doctor has appeared in. This audio drama begins well but soon tails off into disjointed confusion, and left me uncaring as to the outcome - not something the Big Finish monthly DW releases usually do.
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