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5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor and Leela vs. The Master (Part 2)
The Kraals have returned!

This is the second disc of the four-part story with the Doctor and Leela vs the Master. Following on from 'Trail of the White Worm', the story continues as it turns out the Master's allies are the pig-faced, rhino-like Kraals. This makes this a story a sequel of sorts to 'The Android Invasion'.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Kraals
Any suspense that may have been aroused by the cliff hanger at the end of the previous story is a bit wasted considering the title and cover for this audiobook. That aside it is good to see the Kraals eventually return. The Kraals were created by Terry Nation, and though they were no Daleks they are much better than the Vord. So it is a little surprising that they have...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor and Leela vs. The Master (Part 2), 19 Mar. 2015
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The Kraals have returned!

This is the second disc of the four-part story with the Doctor and Leela vs the Master. Following on from 'Trail of the White Worm', the story continues as it turns out the Master's allies are the pig-faced, rhino-like Kraals. This makes this a story a sequel of sorts to 'The Android Invasion'.

The Kraals were created by Terry Nation when he wrote 'The Android Invasion' back in 1975. I found them to be an interesting bunch of monsters that attempted to invade Earth using android duplicates and having a testing ground on an alien planet to conduct their invasion plans.

Now they have returned to 'Doctor Who' in Big Finish in this exciting Master story. I was thrilled that the Kraals turned out to be the Master's allies and wondered how they'd work together and why. The action-packed sequences make up for the gradual building up in 'Trail of the White Worm'.

The actors doing Kraals are tremendous. There's Dan Starkey as Marshal Grimnal and John Banks as Tyngworg (who I've both met). Both have played Sontarans in the Big Finish audios. I'm glad they made the Kraals sound as they did 'The Android Invasion' and like Zippy from 'Rainbow', ha, ha.

I'm pleased with Alan Barnes' writing and like the echoes of 'The Android Invasion' in this one. The last two episodes of this story did get a little confusing at times especially when there were too many Master duplicates and trying to work out which Master was the real one.

The androids featured in this story include the ones in space suits where they shoot out of the tips of their fingers. This was a nice touch as these androids featured in 'The Android Invasion' and they also duplicated the Doctor as they did in the TV story.

As the title suggests, we get to go to the Kraals' radiation-wrecked planet Oseidon. It was exciting when the Doctor gets captured and taken back to Kraal base and Leela rides on horseback to rescue him from the Kraal scientist Tyngworg and the Master.

I felt something was lost with link between 'Trail of the White Worm' and 'The Oseidon Adventure'. The 'wormhole' link between Earth and the Kraal planet is evident, but it tends to get forgotten about as the story gets taken over by the Kraal invasion with the Master.

Leela has been well-treated in these audio adventures and Louise Jameson really enjoys playing her. I've had the CD for this (and 'Trail of the White Worm') signed recently by Louise at a convention in Sheffield. Louise (like Sarah Sutton) knows who I am now and I enjoy chatting to her at conventions.

I found it exciting when Leela gets to ride a horse from Colonel Spindleton in to rescue the Doctor on Oseidon. It was good when the Master tries to hypnotise Leela and she smacks him one, resisting the Master's influence. Leela's resourcefulness and hunting instincts are portrayed when in this audio.

Tom Baker equally excels as the Doctor in this audio adventure and is great coming up against the Kraals once more. I like how the Doctor works out the Master turns out to be an android at times as he can sense a Time Lord's brain. Also the Doctor's wit and bonkers nature is clearly shown.

Geoffrey Beevers delivers superbly as the Master. I found it gripping when there was a Master duplicate in one moment and another Master duplicate the next. It turns out the real Master has been fooling the Doctor and Leela with his android duplicates as his real agenda is in progress.

Michael Cochrane again is superb as Colonel Spindleton. He gets to learn more about him compared to the previous CD and discover why he's working with the Master. He works with the Kraals and admits his old-fashioned ideals into the open as he's unhappy with the changes in where he lives.

The action of the story is supported by the presence of UNIT. This makes this being a sequel to 'The Android Invasion' complete. We have characters like Captain Clarke helping the Doctor when the Kraals attempt to invade the Earth again and we have 'hecilopters' as Leela calls them.

Another echo from 'The Android Invasion' is that the Kraals created a second duplicate of the Devesham village on Oseidon. It's interesting the Kraals have created a second duplicate of the. It pleases Spindleton as it reminds him of his home before being changed by modern day people,

The story ends with the Master and Kraals defeated. Colonel Spindleton is left alive by the end, and the Doctor offers to take him back to UNIT. But Spindleton says "You can stick your offer, sir,' as he remain in the duplicate version of Devesham. With that, the Doctor and Leela leave in the TARDIS.

I've enjoyed 'The Oseidon Adventure', the second CD of this four-part Master story. For all four episodes it's been gripping from beginning to end with the Doctor and Leela. I enjoyed the Master as the villain and the return of the Kraals, who I hope will return to 'Doctor Who' in Big Finish soon!

The CD extras include a 'coming soon' trailer for the second season of Fourth Doctor Adventures with Tom Baker and Mary Tamm as the Doctor and Romana. There are also behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew on the making of 'The Oseidon Adventure'.

The next story for the Doctor and Leela is 'Night of the Stormcrow'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Kraals, 28 Jan. 2015
This review is from: The Oseidon Adventure (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Any suspense that may have been aroused by the cliff hanger at the end of the previous story is a bit wasted considering the title and cover for this audiobook. That aside it is good to see the Kraals eventually return. The Kraals were created by Terry Nation, and though they were no Daleks they are much better than the Vord. So it is a little surprising that they have never been re-used until now.

The Kraals suffer in two ways in this audio. Firstly they have a lot of similarities to the Sontarans, and the play could easily have featured them instead of the Kraals. This is exacerbated by the casting of Dan Starkey (who plays Strax and numerous other Sontarans) as Marshal Grinmal. This issue is acknowledged by the cast and production crew in the extra features that accompany the play but there is, perhaps, little that can be done about it with no visual reference. Besides, my three year old self believed ‘The Android Invasion’ featured Sontarans.

The second issue with the Kraals, and this exacerbates the first, is that they aren’t really the main focus of the story and there is little to distinguish them as a species within it. This is because the Master and the Kraals’ androids are focussed on instead.

This all leads to a lot of messing around with doubles/android duplicates. Similar tricks were used to greater effect in ‘The Android Invasion’ and other Doctor Who stories. After a while it becomes a bit repetitive and irritating. Even so it is amusing to see the Master become a victim of himself.
As this is a Fourth Doctor story this is the decayed version of the Master seeking to replenish himself somehow as he does in both ‘The Deadly Assassin’ and ‘The Keeper of Traken’. Leela’s response to him and later interaction is one of the best aspects of the story. Similar to her experience with the Daleks two stories previous to this, Leela’s mind is not easily possessed.

The play seems to be unnecessarily generous to the extremely right wing Spindleton. The play endeavours to try and make him a sympathetic figure in its latter stages. This feels a little false, however. Throughout this play and the previous he seems a much more willing participant in the Master’s schemes, hoping to benefit from them, rather than a mesmerised victim. The Spindleton/Simpleton running joke also wears a bit thin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Androids, Kraals, The Master Vs The Fourth Doctor, 18 Jun. 2014
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The Oseidon Adventure.
Doctor: Fourth Doctor.
Companion(s): Leela.
Main enemy: The Master, The Kraals.
Main setting: Dark Peak, Derbyshire, 1979, Oseidon.
Writer: Alan Barnes.
Director: Ken Bentley.
Format: 1xCD - part 2.
2episodes.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Tom Baker.
Leela - Louise Jameson.
The Master - Geoffrey Beevers.
Colonel Hugh Spindleton - Michael Cochrane.
Marshal Grinmal / Captain Clarke - Dan Starkey.
Tyngworg / Warner / UNIT R/T Operator - John Banks.

Trivia.
1)Leela refers to the Master as "charcoal face".
2)Using Colonel Spindleton's forces, the Master captures UNIT HQ in order to gain access to the Doctor's former laboratory.
3)Prink's Theorem states that ZO-radiation is formed when Z-radiation and O-Zadiation, both of which are harmless on their own, meet. ZO radiation is able to emit the same level of energy as a billion neutron stars. The Master intends to absorb this energy, which will not only provide him with a new regenerative cycle but make him effectively immortal.
The Master foresaw that one of his android duplicates would learn his plan and set an explosive device to detonate in 30 seconds if the deleted files concerning the ZO radiation were accessed.
4)The third android duplicate of the Master survived the destruction of the base and betrays the real Master as he determines that, as an android, he is now the superior version of the Master.
5)This story marks the first appearance of the Kraals in an audio drama and their first appearance in Doctor Who since their introduction in Tv: The Android Invasion in 1975.
6)The Doctor previously encountered the Kraals in the company of Sarah Jane Smith. The Kraals have records of the Doctor's appearance from this encounter. (Tv: The Android Invasion)
7)The Master tells Leela that the last time that he met the Doctor was on Gallifrey. (Tv: The Deadly Assassin)
8)The Kraals have created a second duplicate of Devesham on Oseidon. (Tv: The Deadly Assassin)
9)The Master's TARDIS appears in the form of a grandfather clock. (Tv: The Deadly Assassin, The Keeper of Traken)
10)The Brigadier is still working for UNIT, and still remembers the Doctor. Therefore, it may be prior or during 1976 rather than 1979 as he has not retired yet and has not lost his memory of the Doctor. However, given the UNIT dating controversy, it is far from clear. (Tv: Mawdryn Undead).

Plot Synopsis.
The first time the fearsome Kraals attempted to take over the Earth, with their androids, things didn't go quite according to plan -- thanks to the time-travelling alien known as the Doctor, Sarah Jane & UNIT.

This time, Marshal Grinmal and his belligerent cohorts are ready for them, This time, they'll make no mistakes, This time Chief Scientist Tyngworg has not just one plan, but a back-up plan to a back-up back-up plan worked out...

With the Doctor a prisoner on the Kraals' radiation-blasted home planet of Oseidon, only his companion Leela can save the day -- alongside a most unlikely ally the Master.

Timelord Thoughts.
The Oseidon Adventure written by Big Finish script editor Alan Barnes is the conclusion to Trail Of The White Worm & a sequel of sorts to the Fourth Doctor tv adventure The Andriod Invasion yet has a 60's type The Avengers feel to it.

If you haven't heard the previous story this audio adventure will make little sense yet listened together with Trail Of The White Worm hovever & there's some neat inventive ideas going on, like the inability to tell a clone from the real person is a great twist which I thought added great drama to the story.

Android duplicates, radioactive surfaces, villages, bombs, immortality, UNIT this is basically The Android Invasion redux for audio but it does feature Tom Baker in cracking form as the Fourth Doctor especially in the scenes were he's pitied against Geoffrey Beevers who's excellent sinister performance as the Master is chilling & terrifying who is the Moriarty to the Doctor's Holmes it's the old cliche scenario of good vs evil, right or wrong, yin & yang.

Louise Jameson as Leela steals the show for me however & is truly a brilliant actress as Leelas savage instincts kick into force in wanting to slit the throats of the Kraals, destroy the Androids & upon the Master's attempt at hypnotism on her Leela slaps his face, Louise Jameson has really expanded the teacher/student relationship with the Doctor in this series of storys as the writers have given her some great written material slowly growing up as a character & it will be interesting to see what the writer's will do with Leela next in the upcoming series 3.

Overall despite lacking some originality The Oseidon Adventure is a competent conclusion to series 1 of Fourth Doctor adventures with great performances by the cast & high quality production values from Big Finish productions delivers a enjoyable entertaining audio adventure.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the androids, 30 July 2012
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Sixth and final release in the first season of Doctor Who audios from Big Finish to see Tom Baker as the Doctor alongside Louise Jameson as Leela.

The releases in this run have all stood largely on their own and been the kind of thing you could get into without having heard earlier releases. But this is the second of a two part story that began with Trail of the White Worm (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures), and it begins right where the cliffhanger ending to that one left off. With very little catch up for new listeners. So you really do need to hear that one first in order to get into this.

This review thus contains some spoilers so only read on if you have heard the above.

This one runs for two parts of twenty seven minutes each in length [approx] and is complete on one single cd.

And it sees the fate of planet Earth in the balance as the Master's allies arrive. As you'll see from the box cover, it's the Kraals, the rhino like aliens last seen in the tv story 'the android invasion.'

With the Doctor having fallen prisoner to them, can Leela save the day? Luckily she has a rather surprising ally.

But whilst the Kraals have a plan, so does the Master. And this is only the start of it...

After the slightly surprising tone of white worm, this one comes as a nice surprise. Because it moves away from the potential for big battles and explosions that you might usually have in a season finale, and does something rather different. The plot is exceptionally clever and cunning and there are constant twists and surprises that really keep the listener hooked and on their toes.

The tone of the whole thing is just right as well. Never too grim [aside from a couple of moments] and never too silly. Some jokey lines are laugh out loud funny.

One part of the resolution does feel a little rushed, but that's only a minor complaint.

Because there's still one delightful surprise to come after that.

This is a novel and well written story, a lot of fun to listen to, and a great way to end this run of them.

The Fourth Doctor and Leela will return to audio in due course. But in the meantime, his next batch of audios will feature the first Romana. The first of them is out in January 2013 and is called 'the auntie matter' [there's no amazon listing at the time of writing thus no product link] but you can hear a trailer for the whole season on the track of this cd that comes after the end of part two.

And thirteen or so minutes of interviews with cast and crew from this story on the tracks after that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Oseidon Adventure, 14 Oct. 2013
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This story follows directly on from Trail of the White Worm, and features the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker and Leela played by Louise Jameson.

At the end of the Trail of the White Worm the Master had called on his allies to come through the wormhole to Earth and the action picks up directly from there. The Master's allies, the Kraal are going to take over Earth, and the Master's stooge on earth Colonel Hugh Simpleton ("it's Spindleton!" "I know what I meant") believes the good old Earth of his memories is about to be revitalised for him. But of course there's a lot more to it than that.

The Trail of the White Worm seemed to hurry along a bit and didn't really seem to go anywhere in a big hurry (see my review for my slight annoyance about two part stories on one cd, and that you HAVE to get The Oseidon Adventure if you want to resolve the cliffhanger at the end of the Trail of the White Worm), but this story more than makes up for that. The action bounds from one place to another, and the Doctor and Leela are in top form. I like the involvement of UNIT, and the `hecilopter', as Leela calls it. There are twists and turns a'plenty, and the wry humour and madcap action of the Fourth Doctor and Leela stories is very well captured here. This is great stuff, and definitely makes up for the slightly slower start to the whole story in the Trail of the White Worm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 3 May 2013
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A super conclusion to a two part story, well doen Big Finish Productions. The cd extras are very good too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars theres no use talking to this feeble minded reactionary, 8 July 2012
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This is the 6th and final instalment of the fourth doctor adventures for this year and is the second part of the finale, the 1 before this wasTrail of the White Worm (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) in this story the kraals have come trough the worm hole the white worm was forced to create by the master, however there presence is not the centre of the story and their so called invasion is very short-lived and unsuccessful, the real focus of this story is on the master, in this he wants to prolong his life like he tried to do before in Doctor Who - The Deadly Assassin [DVD] [1976], but he dose this in a very unusual way and uses the kraals androids to make copies of him self to run things and act as a distraction, his accomplice from the trail of the white worm spindelton is used perfectly here both for comic relief and as a plot device to help move the story on, every member of the cast is energetic and the story has a very unexpected ending.
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