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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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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Oseidon Adventure (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
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 The Oseidon Adventure, 14 Oct 2013
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Keen Reader "lhendry4" (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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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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Mr. T. D. J. Dommett (UK) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the androids, 30 July 2012
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars theres no use talking to this feeble minded reactionary, 8 July 2012
This review is from: The Oseidon Adventure (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
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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