This review is from: Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go by (Audio CD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)Meet "Hereafter," an Earth like world seemingly in the onset of an ice age. Its inhabitants are the generations' gone descendants of terra-formers, whose vast planet changing machines lie under the ground. The inhabitants, called the Maintainers, generally employ a care-taking role whilst the planet reaches optimum conditions for habitation.
But something is stalking them out in the woods, something with glowing red eyes, and people are starting to disappear. Into this escalating situation step the Doctor, Amy and Rory, unsurprisingly unintentionally whilst on their way to Earth to celebrate Christmas.....
For the most part this is unsurprising and generic Doctor Who fare, but still pacey, well told and enjoyable. Familiar sci-fi and Dr Who staples and clichés are evident, including a regressing terra-forming culture, something nasty in the woods, religious superstition versus scientific rationalism, an old foe, and a final reveal ultimate baddie that out villains the villains.
The Ice Warriors take up the mantle of the old foe, and the tale succeeds in rehabilitating them as a scary threat but with a back-story of depth, with their giant stature, lumbering but relentless gait and ssssstrung out sssibilantss. In a way they are similar to Trek's Klingons, with a culture based on martial honour.
The Doctor and his companions are faithfully rendered from their television personas and Michael Maloney's clear dramatic narration captures the cadences and nuances of character and voice. The supporting cast are given distinctive personas as well by the reading.
The ultimate reveal baddie is a convincing and chilling enough threat as well, although you may have rumbled it before the closing chapters.
Flaws of this production really lie with the source novel, there being an over-long and sagging middle section that pretty unforgivably employs the old Dr Who sin of too much running around in corridors. The banter and repartee between the Dr and friends is also overdone and becomes a major irritation at times, especially as these flows of repartee and wit are meant to be delivered sprinting away from bad guys. The Doctor's solution to foil the ultimate baddies is also too perfunctory and if I reveal that it involves a wave of his sonic screwdriver I won't be giving too much away.
Still, this is good solid fare, helping to keep fans happy between Dr Who specials and seasons.