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"Doctor Who", Death Comes to Time: Original BBC Full-cast Dramatisation (BBC MP3-CD Audio Collection) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio
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I can understand why this splits fans of the original straight down the middle - in this scenario there are few Timelords left and they each have God-like powers they're forbidden to use, lest they destroy themselves. At the end of the recording, as the title suggests, the Doctor apparently dies, (another tranche of TV series fans switch off).
Don't let any of that disway you. 'Death Comes to Time' has a real richness to it: beautiful, cinematic sound and quality performances from the likes of Stephen Fry. It's true that the Gallifrey mythology has been surgically replaced root and branch, but that gives this performance a unique character of it's own which works well. Some bits are tacky: the stereotype police characters; John Sessions camp villain; and a rather tinny rendition of the theme tune considering the lushness of all the other audio content, but these really are minor exceptions.
The idea was originally to carry this on into a season, although the unique aspects of this idea may have lost quite a lot if we were going to go from an interesting one-off to a new way of telling 'Who. Stephen Fry's character, The Minister, was to star in a series of adventures with Ace, now a trained novice Timelord. The Doctor never truely dies of course, and at the end of the envisioned sequence he would be resurrected by his friends in a sort of 'Search for Spock' type moment. All in all then I'm glad 'Death Comes to Time' remains a unique divergence - Dr Who in another dimension perhaps.
Such a pity RTD has said nobody over 45 will ever play the Doctor again most likely, 'Death Comes to Time' demonstrates well that Stephen Fry would have been brilliant in the role.
The imagery is truly artistic, far better than the other on-line Dr Who's. It is little more than still images synchronised with the music and dialogue, but what it loses in realism (and since when was Dr Who realistic?), it gains in atmosphere. the acting is great... the music is great (bits of Mahler's 2nd in there!). Highly Recommended!
As for the MP3 edition rather than the radio broadcast only: well, the animation looks tacky - lots of still pics, not like Scream of the Shalka or even BBCi's other audio turned animated Real Time. The interviews with the actors are interesting and the little bios on the different characters are worth a bit of reading, but frankly the whole package is tainted by the disapointment of the actual story, the real meat of the buy. I advise to avoid, I'm afraid.