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4.0 out of 5 stars return to vortis, 18 Jan 2009
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This review is from: Return to the Web Planet (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
back in 1965, there was a doctor who story on television called the web planet. it is available on dvd Doctor Who - The Web Planet [1965] and in it the first doctor and his companions visited the planet vortis. a strange and rocky world inhabited by several insectoid races. It was a very ambitious story. perhaps too much for it's own good, as the budget and production values of the time didn't quite do justice to the visuals, and thus opinion on the story tends to be somewhat divided.

this cd is a one off audio doctor who story featuring peter davison as the fifth doctor, and sarah sutton as his companion nyssa, and it involves the pair of them visiting vortis once again.

since the story is on audio and thus there are no visuals save those you can conjure up in your mind's eye, there should be no problem with them on this occasion.

the story runs for roughly fifty minutes, and the final track of the cd lasts for nineteen, and contains trailers for other doctor audio stories from big finish and also some of the score from this story.

the plot of return to the web planet involves the doctor and nyssa exploring vortis, and trying to find the force that drew the tardis there. they meet an alien scientist and his daughter, and their investigations lead to them discovering strange things lurking in the wilds of the planet that threaten it's future. can the doctor figure out what's going on in time to save the day?

this story certainly tries hard to create a very alien world, and perhaps because of that it's one where you really do need to work hard to suspend your disbelief and imagine the images it's trying to convey. like the tv story, you have to give it full marks for effort. It's largely successful though. the two leads are very good, and so are the supporting cast, and the plot does develop nicely, leading to a good and really quite imaginative explanation for what's going on.

a decent little tale. nothing special, but well worth a listen
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