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Kingdom of Silver (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 15 Sep 2008
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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 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. Many years in the future, Seven finds some remnants of his friends from Kingdom of Silver in a rubbish tip and there are some suprising relvelations as to their fate after the parted company. It's a thoughtful episode, and a remarkably good idea.
However, the release does have the drawback of acting too much as an advert for Cybermen series 2, and trying too hard to link in with it does detract a little. 4 stars in all for this release.
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.
the one part story keepsake acts as a coda to kingdom of silver, as the doctor happens to find out what happened to some of the characters involved in it. there's some good settings and good science fiction in this also, and a few more moral dilemmas, most notably how far should an army go to defeat an enemy? the central romance doesnt grab perhaps as much as it should and thus the end doesnt quite have the emotional impact it could have, but this is a decent little audio in so many ways.
it also serves to act as set up for the forthcoming audio series cyberman two, so one loose end it leaves will be dealt with in that.
an excellent doctor who audio, and really worth a listen