Kingdom of Silver (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 15 Sep 2008
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The first adventure, the three part `Kingdom of Silver', is an average Cybermen story. The Doctor is on a planet that has not advanced out of the steam age, but seems to have a few examples of very advanced technology. Whilst investigating he meets Temeter, another offworlder, who is also tracking the use of non-indigenous technology. Soon the planet's secret is revealed and The Doctor and his friends are running not only from Cybermen but from those misguided individuals who think cyber-conversion is a good idea. McCoy plays Seven as the darker, brooding figure that we see towards the end of his regeneration, like that seen in `Valhalla' and `The Death Collectors'. It's a great characterisation and he really pulls it off to give us an interesting, thoughtful and thought provoking Doctor.
With a few shout outs for the excellent `Spare Parts' and similarities to Tomb of the Cybermen, this is a so-so adventure that ticks the boxes but does nothing really special. It is the coda that really lifts this release.Read more ›
McCoy brings his usual mix of dark whimsy and deceptive charm to the party, whilst The Cybermen do their thing and the plot rushes on. To be honest, that's about all I can say about an undemanding and generic Doctor Who audio adventure.
The bonus story `Keepsake' improves things no end, as The Doctor arrives many years later on a planet that appears to be a giant scrap yard complete with Droid attendant. The unusually intelligent mechanoid leads the Timelord to discovers what became of Temeter and his unfortunate colleague Sara after they had completed their mission. A stirring blend of pathos and intrigue ensues and I ended up slightly disappointed that this wasn't the main story.
The CD extras comprise the usual interviews with cast and crew - most notable of these is Nick Briggs' concluding chat with Sylvester McCoy, where the actor shares his thoughts about how The Seventh Doctor could be revived! All in all this is a slightly disappointing audio story which is rescued by its bonus story.
The Doctor, travelling with no companions, lands on a planet on the brink of a technological revolution. Having made peace with those planets with surround it, the situation is very delicate. And it looks set to break entirely: the opportunistic leaders have based their new found technological prowess on ancient Cyber technology, littered all over their planet. For you see, this is a Cyber Tomb planet! Cue lots of running around as the Cybermen awaken.
So far, so familiar. This story is a virtual remake of the 1967 story "Tomb of the Cybermen", as was the Big Finish series "Cyberman". I'm getting totally fed up of listening to cold re-heatings of old stories. As such, the plot is cliched and anything but original. Unfortunately, the characters and dialogue fall into the same category. Even for three episodes, the plot seems thinly spread.
"Keepsake", on the other hand, I found a pleasant surprise. Set two thousand years after "Kingdom..", the Doctor stumbles across a reminder of his previous visit. This is a nice, simple meditation on life, death and memory- and as such is quite powerful.
The interviews on the disc are pretty samey, with everybody saying how fab they feel the script is and how much fun they have had making it. I only wish I'd had as much fun listening. In fact, the only thing I took from this is that it sets up the series "Cyberman 2". If it's anything like this, I won't be listening.
In short, if you are new to Dr Who and have never come across a classic series Cyberman story then you will probably like "Kingdom of Silver". Otherwise, you'll have heard it all before.Read more ›
kingdom of silver is a three part story, spread over two discs, and there is also a one part story on disc two called keepsake.
as usual with these the first disc begins with a trailer for the next release in the big finish range of doctor who audios, and both discs end with roughly fifteen to twenty minutes worth of interviews with the cast and the crew involved in the story. the ones on this release do have their moments and are quite a good listen.
as regards kingdom of silver, you can see from the cover that it involves the cybermen. the doctor visits a planet that is relatively low tech, and the people there are using things they've discovered buried under the surface to enhance their technology. can he convince them how deadly the stuff is? and there are other beings on the planet with their own agenda...
this is an excellent little story. there's a great amount of detail to the setting, which makes it highly convincing and genuine science fiction. the first episode does take a while to get going and the first cliffhanger does come on us rather suddenly as a result, but after that it's gripping stuff, and there are some very gripping moments to come, in an audio that uses sound amazingly well. the noise of cybermen coming to life will create strong images in your mind.
all of the cast are excellent, there's a moral dilemma or two to think about at the heart of the tale, and it's really very exciting at times. an excellent story that might even have worked as a four parter.Read more ›
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The one part story Keepsake is an interesting coda cluing us into the fate of the two Android characters from the Kingdom of Silver, while also providing some hints of what's to come in Cybermen 2