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Genesis of the Ice Warriors,
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This review is from: Lords of the Red Planet (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
Down the years, many stories have been written for Doctor Who that, for various reasons, never got to the tv screen.
Now, thanks to Big Finish adapting them for audio, we can find what might have been.
This story features the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe. It runs for six parts. Each of thirty three minutes in length [approx.] and is spread across three cd's.
This is a full cast drama with a lot of narration. Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury, who played Jamie and Zoe back in the day, both narrate sections of the story and perform various roles also. They can switch back and forth with no prior warning. But the format is something you quickly get used to.
In addition, there are four guest actors - including Patrick Troughton's son Michael and Wendy Padbury's daughter Charlie Hayes, who perform selected roles.
The story is based on a storyline from writer Brian Hayles. Who wrote the first tv story to feature the Ice Warriors. This was his first pitch for a second story to feature the Martian Reptiles. And it's all about how they came to be.
The TARDIS lands on Mars. Long ago. When life on the surface is all but done. But it survives - just - in an underground city. Where a genius scientist has made great advances in genetics. Two sisters rule. One is vain. The other cold and calculating.
But further experiments are taking place. The Ice Warriors are about to come into being. Can anyone survive the result?
This is a six parter story, as mentioned. And they can often feel overlong. But somehow, this one doesn't. From the second part onwards, it is simply utterly absorbing. The two narrators and leads are great. As anyone who has heard Frazer Hines impression of the second Doctor will know, he really sounds the part. There are times when the Doctor and Jamie are talking that you forget it's the same actor doing both voices.
The supporting characters could feel clichéd, but they're all strong and three dimensional creations. Brought to life by a very talented guest cast who really get into the roles. There's action and excitement and scary moments. Plus some powerfully emotional ones also. Even though it's a long story, it feels as if it unfolds at just the right pace.
It fits it's era superbly. Getting a few of the clichés and common traits of it in. Including one that might make you smile.
A superb listen. And one of the best in this range. Highly recommended.
There's a trailer for the next one on the track after the end of episode six.
There's roughly nine minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew on the last few tracks of each disc also.
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Initial post: 4 Jan 2014 16:57:08 GMT
Exellent review my friend very well written & great synopsis on the story, I gave this one 5 star's i thought it a outstandingly good adventure.
The one death in particular i thought was quite gruesome even for a audio.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2014 10:56:02 GMT
Paul Tapner says:
I can often get fidgety with episodes that go over twenty five minutes, but this one commanded my attention all the way. it never felt the least bit overlong. I have no idea how long part six was because I didn't look at my watch once, since I got so absorbed in it.
Of course if this had gotten made and then wiped, that scene might have survived. As part of those Australian censor clips.
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