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The Third Doctor Vs The Cybermen...At Last,
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This review is from: The Blue Tooth (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who: The Blue Tooth.
Doctor: Third Doctor.
Companion: Liz Shaw
Featuring: The Brig, Mike Yates, Benton.
Main enemy: The Cybermen,
Main setting: England & Cambridge, the 1970s.
Writer: Nigel Fairs.
Director: Mark J Thompson.
Read by: Caroline John & featuring Nicholas Briggs as The Cybermen.
Release number: 1.3.
Format: 4 episodes on 1 CD.
Running time 67 minutes.
Liz Shaw - Caroline John.
The Cybermen - Nicholas Briggs.
1)This story marks the first appearances of Liz Shaw, Sergeant Benton & Captain Mike Yates in an audio drama.
2)To date, this is the only appearance of the Cybermen in the Companion Chronicles.
3)Aside from a brief appearance in AUDIO: Zagreus, this is the first Big Finish audio drama to feature the Third Doctor.
4)The Third Doctor never appeared in any Tv episodes aginst the Cybemen albeit a fleeting cameo scene in The Five Doctors.
When Liz Shaw's friend Jean goes missing, the Third Doctor & U.N.I.T. are drawn to the scene to investigate, Soon Liz discovers a potential alien invasion that will have far-reaching affects on her life while the Doctor is unexpectedly re-united with an old enemy The Cybermen...
Liz Shaw returns in writer Nigel Fairs The Blue Tooth & aids the Third Doctor & U.N.I.T to battle against The Cybermen.
Nigel Fairs script is full of nostalgia & writes why Liz Shaw left UNIT as she becomes involved in investigating her friend Jeans disappearance.
The Blue Tooth features a superb script, which is grounded in gritty realism & doesn't hold back on the carnage or violence as actress the late Caroline John performs this play superbly although she doesn't quite get the mannerisms or tone of the Third Doctor or The Brigader quite as good as Katy Manning does in her Companion Chronicles, while Nicholas Briggs is on Cybermen voicing duties once again & is the story's guest actor.
Nigel Fairs script manages to capture the tone of The Third Doctor era superbly as Fair's writes Liz Shaw with brains & gusto & delivers a gruesome gory Cybermen adventure that moves along at a cracking pace only slightly letdown by a rushed ending that concludes far too quickly.
Overall, The Blue Tooth its a chilling atmospheric Cyberman adventure that delivers thrills & great moments of suspense especially the sequence of a companion being converted into a Cyberman, creepy sound effects & a great musical score enhance this two handers atmospheric audio adventure & proves to be a excellent addition to the Doctor Who Companion Chronicles range.
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Initial post: 26 Jul 2014 17:48:12 BDT
Sounds a really good bit of listening material.
Love your atmospheric descriptions on many of the 'audio' reviews
you've written.....really selling the item.
Well written 'Doctor' audio story.
Posted on 27 Jul 2014 01:35:44 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Ah, bless, the good old Cybermen, my favourites always.
Great review timelord007 - a good mix of Third Doctor era and Cybermen, you just can't go wrong! I find it interesting how many of the stories with Liz Shaw that come out now try to offer reasons/excuses for why she left UNIT; I always just felt she was more of a researcher than an action woman, and she wanted to go back to academia. Funny how often writers try and find convoluted reasons for her leaving.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2014 08:21:48 BDT
Nothing to do with the fact she was pregnant in real life lol.
Liz was her own woman & fans wanted a damsel in distress companion which is partly why she may of left.
Posted on 18 Aug 2014 09:46:48 BDT
Tim Bradley/Spider-Man says:
I enjoyed listening to this Cybermen story with Liz Shaw and really was captivated by how these four short episodes in the story were structured and kept the pace and action maintained throughout.
Well done on this review, timelord. You captured the tone and feel of this story as I remember the gory bits with the Cybermen. Tim.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2014 09:49:41 BDT
Cheers Tim, Can't believe the Third Doctor never battled the Cybermen on tv, this compensates a little & is quite a dark story.
Thanks for the kind comments my friend.
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