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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheeky
The more I listen to this audio, the better it gets. From the, frankly, hilarious cod-American accents of the UK's finest (Spaced's Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson) to the simple audacity of the plot, this is top notch entertainment.

It does need several hearings, like a good court case, to really appreciate the fun of the whole enterprise and the sheer love...
Published on 16 April 2006 by Mr. D. Harris

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting setting but formulaic plot
The central idea of a real alien invasion during Welles famous broadcast is a good one but the overall story didn't grip me. The doctor has a brief flirtation with being a private detective, there are spies, CIA, Nazis but the overall piece is confused.

The Orson Welles realisation is good, in particular his disdain for the HG Wells material. Where is fails is...
Published on 19 Aug 2010 by Tony Jones


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting setting but formulaic plot, 19 Aug 2010
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Tony Jones "Tony" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Invaders from Mars (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
The central idea of a real alien invasion during Welles famous broadcast is a good one but the overall story didn't grip me. The doctor has a brief flirtation with being a private detective, there are spies, CIA, Nazis but the overall piece is confused.

The Orson Welles realisation is good, in particular his disdain for the HG Wells material. Where is fails is exemplified by the ending - the Doctor has the idea of using the Welles broadcast to scare off the real aliens, then gives the game away but it doesn't matter as an independent character destroys the alien ship in the end.

There are much better Eighth Doctor / Charley Pollard adventures such as Stones of Venice
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheeky, 16 April 2006
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Mr. D. Harris "duncle" (Bath, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Invaders from Mars (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
The more I listen to this audio, the better it gets. From the, frankly, hilarious cod-American accents of the UK's finest (Spaced's Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson) to the simple audacity of the plot, this is top notch entertainment.

It does need several hearings, like a good court case, to really appreciate the fun of the whole enterprise and the sheer love of the form that Gatiss possesses.

I think this is his best script for Doctor Who in any format. The TV episode seemed somehow too hidebound (and the Doctor in that one was so GULLIBLE...) and constricted. "Invaders From Mars" would make a great David Tennant story though!

Four stars because it does take a certain amount of commitment to really get the idea.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Humourous Adventure Diminishes Drama, 21 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Invaders from Mars (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Invaders From Mars.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion : Charley Pollard.
Main enemy: The Laiderplacker, Cosmo Devine.
Main setting: New York City and New Jersey, USA, 30-31 October 1938.
Writer: Mark Gatiss.
Director: Mark Gatiss.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 110 minutes.

Extras.
Trailers.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann.
Charley Pollard - India Fisher.
Orson Welles - David Benson.
Glory Bee - Jessica Stevenson.
Cosmo Devine - John Arthur.
Don Chaney - Simon Pegg.
John Houseman - Jonathan Rigby.
Mouse / Winkler - Ian Hallard.
Ellis - Mark Benton.
Bix Biro - Paul Putner.

Trivia.
1)Mark Benton, Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson have all appeared in episodes of Doctor Who, Mark Benton in Rose, Simon Pegg in The Long Game & Jessica Stevenson Human Nature/The Family Of Blood.
2)The Sixth Doctor previously met H. G. Wells, the author of The War of the Worlds, in Scotland during the summer of 1885 and subsequently took him on a trip to the planet Karfel. (Tv: Timelash) Many years later in his personal timeline, the Tenth Doctor would meet Wells once again in 1889.,He intimated that they would have a third encounter later in Wells' personal timeline which occurred earlier in his own. (Comic: The Time Machination).
3)The Doctor once again speed reads a book in a matter of seconds. (TV: City of Death, TV: Rose, TV: The Time of Angels).
4)The reason for Welles' ignorance of Shakespeare is revealed in (Audio: The Time of the Daleks).
5)The Celestial Toymaker would later refer to Orson Welles in a riddle while Charley was playing his games in the Celestial Toyroom. (Audio: Solitaire).
6)The Doctor is astonished that Orson Welles is ignorant of William Shakespeare's identity. (More so considering Welles was known for his Shakespearean work, even in the 1930s.)

Plot Synopsis.
Halloween 1938.
A month after a mysterious meteorite lit up the skies of New York State, Martian invaders laid waste to the nation. At least, according to soon-to-be infamous Orson Welles they did. But what if some of the panicked listeners to the legendary The War of the Worlds broadcast weren't just imagining things as could there really be aliens on the loose?

Attempting to deliver Charley to her rendezvous in Singapore 1930, the Eighth Doctor overshoots a little, arriving in Manhattan just in time to find a dead private detective.

The Doctor is soon embroiled in the hunt for a missing Russian scientist whilst Charley finds herself at the mercy of a very dubious Fifth Columnist.

With some genuinely out of this world 'merchandise' at stake, the TARDIS crew are forced into an alliance with a sultry dame called Glory Bee, Orson Welles himself & a mobster with half a nose known as 'The Phantom'.

Timelord Thoughts.
Usually I enjoy Mark Gatiss storys but this adventure didn't quite work for me.

First off the Eighth Doctor is more a charming carefree wanderer in his Eighth incarnation yet in this play Gatiss writes the Doctor trying to impersonate a hard-boiled detective, It didn't work for me personally as it sounds like the Doctor is sending himself up which dilutes away any drama from the story, a pity as this could've been a great alien adventure story but their isn't enough tension or interest to save this dismal plot.

Gatiss also has far to many threads going on in this story with too many characters & no distinction between them plus a string of bad American accents which I found impossible to figure out who's saying what & why Gatiss thought splitting up the Doctor & Charley early on & not having them back together till the storys conclusion a good idea as clearly it's not as it omits any possible scenes of great dialogue between the two leads which seems a missed opportunity.

For a humourous written audio adventure theres a huge bodycount included in this adventure including Martians who are in fact not Martians plus the usual stereotypical villain yet I was disappointed that the alien threat isn't resolved by anything clever the Doctor does renders the story a little pointless.

But at times this adventure is well paced featuring some suspenseful cliffhangers & occasional witty dialogue its just a pity the story borders on tedious & incomprehensible neither knowing if it wants to be a serious straight adventure or humourous romp.

Overall Invaders Of Mars is one of the weaker Eighth Doctor adventures & a lacklustre entry in the Big Finish main range by the usual brilliant writing talent of Mark Gatiss.

Timelord Rating.
5/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaders From Mars - A gem of a script from Mark Gatiss, 18 April 2012
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This review is from: Invaders from Mars (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the twenty eighth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight and India Fisher as Charlotte Pollard. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

This release marks the start of the second miniseries of Eighth Doc stories, and there is a loose story arc running through the series revolving around Charlotte Pollard's rescue from the R101 by the Doc back in their first adventure. The arc has a greater presence on some stories than others, and here it is almost unmentioned.

It's a story that finds Big Finish at their best. The writer, Mark Gatiss, has had a brilliant idea, and has worked it up into a gem of a script. The Doctor and Charlie land in 1930s New York, on the day that Orson Welles makes his infamous War Of The Worlds broadcast. But there's a twist - while Welles is panicking America with his broadcast of alien invasion, there is a real invasion taking place... Eight and Charlie start off having a little fun playing at gumshoe detectives, but soon get involved in a plot that includes mobsters, Nazis, Russians, aliens and a real threat to the world.

The script is superb, with a nice resolution and an interesting concept for the aliens. I loved it. McGann gets right into the part, and plays the Doc with his usual sense of fun, vigour and heroism. Charlotte proves to be a companion in the classic mould, able to give as good as she gets and enjoying the ride. It's a classic BF piece, and worth 5 stars.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The chances of anything coming from Mars.......", 2 Nov 2004
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Andrew Kyle "Fangg" (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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When i read the title of this drama, i thought "The chances of anything good in the drama is a million to one, I said." After all, the Ice Warriors are from Mars and there is no mention of them in the blurb...i was worried. Incorrectly, however. I just finished reading the HG Wells classic War of the Worlds and the title made sense. Set in 1938 when Orson Welles released a news broadcast of the War of the Worlds (and panicked half the USA - they thought the aliens were taking over England), the Doc arrives and assumes the identity of gumshoe Halliday after finding his body in an alley. He offers to help miss Glory Bee to find her uncle. Boring, so far. But then add into the mix that Halliday was fried by alien radiation technology. Heh. I LOVE DOCTOR WHO. It just so happens that while Welles made his broadcast we were being invaded...
Mark Gatiss' involvement is immistakable. The script is peppered with comedic moments and the whole approach (turning the story into a cheesy homage to 1940s alien invasion movies) reeks of comedy genius. I am not complaining - McGann is excellent and India Fisher fantastic. Simon Pegg (Spaced, Shawn of the Dead)is brilliant as head henchman of 'the phantom'. The aliens that are invading are ingeniusly new and interesting. The sound effects are absolutely spot on. This is top class entertainment.
This is most definitely a one off. This sort of story wouldn't sit well except as a once in a while exploration of innovation. Not recommended as a starting point for non-fans but for fans with a sense of humour...highly recommended. The end of part two is a great laugh...!
Oh and as for the Ice Warriors. They do not feature in this story but when they are mentioned (very, very subtly - a fan only throwaway remark) its quite scary, actually.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Martians are coming...to save us!, 18 April 2009
This review is from: Invaders from Mars (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
One of modern Doctor Who's finest writers also directs this audio drama for Big Finish featuring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor. This one is based on a War of the Worlds idea of aliens crash-landing in Brooklyn and attempting to conquer the Earth. A decent if unspectacular entry in the Big Finish range.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars confusing and hard to follow, 18 Feb 2006
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H. Ashford "hashford" (Sheffield, UK) - See all my reviews
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This was truly TERRIBLE! At the heart of the story was a really neat idea – aliens invading New York on the same night in 1938 as the historic OrsonWelles “War of the Worlds” broadcast. And of course Doctor Who arrives to save the day. There were some lovely moments of humour, for instance the two aliens with their joint (not competing) aims of Destruction and Conservation – “somewhere between Destruction and Conservation lies Wisdom”.
However, overall, the sound track was confusing and hard to follow, the two competing groups of gangsters were cardboard cut-outs with caricature gangster accents and impossible to tell apart, and the story line was incredibly weak.
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