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The Death Collectors (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Jun 2008

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844353184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844353187
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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This is the hundred and ninth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as a companionless Seventh Doctor. There are two stories here, the first three episodes are an adventure called `The Death Collectors', the fourth episode a one part story called `Spider's Shadow' that acts as a coda to the three parter. Episodes are roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings within the three parter. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

The whole thing feels like a bit of an homage to 2001, with a run around on a space station battling an out of control computer for the first three episodes, followed by an almost surreal epilogue. The opening story finds a companionless Seventh Doc responding to a distress call from a quarantined area of space, where a deadly virus known only as Decay is being researched by a small group of humans in conjunction with the rather creepy and excellent new alien species the Dar Traders. What follows is a decent run around adventure, with some interesting philosophising about the nature of death. Clearly the Seventh Doctor in this story is near the end of his regeneration, and thoughts of auld mortality are starting to prey on his mind. This is not helped by the presence of the Dar Traders, a creepy collective who seek out death, and interact with it in a strange way. The running around meets a thrilling climax, and as the Doctor's plans go awry there is a shocking and shattering finale for his companions.

The second story, as is usual with these 3:1 releases, is another standout.
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Big Finish deliver up another triumph in the form of The Death Collectors + Spider's Shadow - a three part story followed by a 1 parter that links directly on. The Death Collectors sees Doctor Who at its most sci-fi, with some lovely flavours of horror thrown in for good measure, this is one story that really plays for scares.

In short, the plot kicks off with an 'accident'. A man has returned to a space station from an alien planet down below, but he hasn't returned the same man he set out as - he isn't even really alive any more. As the Doctor turns up, following a mysterious distress signal, things get weirder by the minute as the destructive 'virus' known only as Decay begins causing havoc on the station.

Thematically, The Death Collectors brings to mind a whole host of previous adventures - there's the morbid, gothic feel + the Doctor clashing with a rival scientific ego that touches on the Brain of Morbius while the revived series has had a whole host of sci-fi 'possession' storylines in the form of '42', 'The Impossible Planet/Satan Pit', 'Midnight' and 'Silence In The Library/Forest of the Dead'.

The Death Collectors is especially reminiscent of this last story, both in the idea of a space suit becoming filled with a formless alien consciousness speaking through a half dead-half alive host. We also get a River Song-esque role in this story's one-off companion, Danika.

Of course, Alien/Aliens serves as a reference point too, as it has done for so much sci-fi in the character of Mors, the misguided scientist that puts research before human life.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 July 2008
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another audio adventure for doctor who. this one features sylvester mccoy as the seventh doctor, on this occasion travelling on his own with no companions. It contains two stories. A three part story called the death collectors, and a one part story called spider's shadow. the death collectors episodes are all twenty five minutes long, and spread over the first two discs, and spiders shadow can be found on the second half of disc two. as usual both discs end with interviews with the cast and crew, and there's a trailer for the next release in the monthly doctor who audio series at the start of disc one.

the death collectors is a story with a strong amount of science fiction in it, and it involves the doctor arriving on a space station above a strange alien world. a person has just returned from the planet, and is about to spread an infection that threatens all of existence. in the face of a computer behaving strangely and an obsessive scientist, can the doctor stop it?

the three part format allows the story to move at a very good pace, and this is a very good one indeed. very well directed, the director gets strong performances out of all the small cast, and the characters are strong and quite three dimensional as a result. there are some clever concepts here, and part one is very involving. there's an awful lot going on in the next two parts, which means you have to pay close attention to them, but they are worth it. the story has some good twists and turns, and nicely foreshadows the doctor who tv movie which spelled the end for the seventh doctor. all in all a good little tale. and it has a memorable ending.
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HASH(0x97499384) out of 5 stars Two for the price of one 20 July 2008
By Peter Ingemi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The latest offering from Big Finish featuring the 7th gives us two solo adventures The first "The Death Collectors" involves beings who feed off of death and decay and start to push the Doctor toward his end, thus Puccini forshadowing the movie and his upcoming regeneration.

The second story Spiders Shadow. Is a first rate time loop story where the Doctor finds himself time looped with a pair of warrior princess who like sisters everywere sometimes don't get along.

I don't have a lot of the 7th doctor adventures, just 3 or 4 but if I keep hearing stuff like this, that will change in a hurry.

Clearly worth your money.
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HASH(0x974995f4) out of 5 stars Interesting audio series 2 Nov. 2008
By Nancy - Published on Amazon.com
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I had a subscription to these CDs for a long time!! I LOVE that AMAZON carries them now!! I am going to go back and collect the ones I am missing!!! These are new and unique stories .... sort of like the soundtrack to an episode ... not an audio book ... they are each 2 CDs ... 4-part episodes unless noted otherwise. I loved the original Doctor Who so these are amazing!!! In this episode the Doctor doesn't have a companion. This specific story is a 2-parter, some behind the scenes interviews and a short 1-part story. I love Sylvester McCoy, I grew up with him as the doctor!!
HASH(0x97e24db0) out of 5 stars Two Solid Seventh Doctor Stories 29 April 2016
By Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This disc has two stories on it, "The Death Collectors" (3-Part Episode), and "The Spider's Shadow" (1 Part"

The Death Collectors introduces the Dar traders, an alien race who exists near the point of death and who literally trade in death. Overall, they're one of the more interesting species introduced in Big Finish as while they are scary and can be a bit dangerous if they're caught at the wrong time, they're not evil and also possess a great deal of wisdom.

The plot his a solid mystery at the core and the three part format serves the story well as the story moves along at a very good clip. At the same time, the story has some thought provoking moments as it explores ethics and what should be done to prevent death. Katherine Parkinson turns in a good performance as Danika and the surprise ending after the Doctor leaves is a nice twist.

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