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Giant space crabs of death,
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Macra Terror(Original BBC Television Soundtrack) (Audio CD)
"The Macra Terror", by Ian Stuart Black, is one of those adventures that probably benefits from being presented in audio format. Why? Because, in visual terms, the Macra themselves have a reputation for being utterly rubbish. Doctor Who seldom did well at representing non-humanoid monsters, and the Macra are no exception.
As it is, however, we get a decently paced adventure with clear audio quality and intelligible audio narration. "The Macra Terror", however, departs from the format of the rest of the missing story audio CDs, reusing the narration from the earlier audio cassette release of the story, which is in the past tense and is read by actor Colin Baker rather than one of the TV companions contemporary to the story (the latter being the norm for the Audio CD releases). The past tense narration doesn't work as well as the present tense narration to which CD listeners are accustomed.
The crab-like Macra have relatively little direct involvement with the story. Instead, the Doctor and companions Ben, Polly and Jamie are pitted against a society of brainwashed humans. Some use is made of the traditional capture-escape-capture motif of early Doctor Who, but not exclusively so. The holiday camp colony is a bizarre image, accentuated by the grating 1960s incidental and in-scene music, but plays a background role in much of the proceedings. In general the story is decently constructed and reasonably diverse, and Troughton and company are on good form. "The Macra Terror" is unremarkable, perhaps, but has a few original ideas and has earned its place in the Doctor Who canon.