The Macros (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories 1.08) [Audiobook] (Audio CD) Audio CD – Audiobook, 10 Jun 2010
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The story was written by Ingrid Pitt (after appearing in Doctor Who in 1984) and her partner Tony Rudlin. They developed a story about the Philadelphia Experiment’ the script was commissioned and completed but for some reason – probably budgetary – it was never produced. Approached about an audio adaptation, the writers were very keen; and then their computer crashed, and the script was lost. The story has been reworked from memory, with a few small changes along the way, mainly to allow for a slightly smaller cast that could be allocated to the audio production.
The Doctor has promised to take Peri to her home in Baltimore, so that she can explain to them that she’s all right, but the Tardis hits a glitch and lands – somewhere … they seem to be on a large ship, but why can’t the crew hear or see them? And why is the ship seemingly decaying? Aghast, the Doctor realises they are on the USS Eldridge, the ship which was the target of invisibility experiments by the US Navy in 1943. But that’s only the start of their troubles.Read more ›
The villain Osloo is well scripted and voiced by Linda Marlowe. From the story, one can derive a history lesson too, concerning the USS Eldridge and the Philadelphia Experiment.
It runs for two long episodes, fifty three minutes approx and fifty eight minutes approx, and there's one to each of the two discs.
The story centres on the Philadephia Experiment. A famous conspiracy theory which claims that the American Naval Ship the Eldridge came to a horrible fate as a result of an experiment with an invisibility device in 1944. The TARDIS arrives on the Eldridge after the experiment has taken place, and finds that the ship has come unstuck in between dimensions. But efforts to deal with that are hampered by the fact that the dimension it's entered partly into is ruled by a ruthless matriarch who is using it for power. And sees this as a chance to gain more of it.
The first third of part one is quite involving, with the Doctor and Peri moving through the ship unable to interact with things and people, and some of the latter are stuck in time. All of this would have played out on tv quite well, with visuals that could have been achieved in the 1980's.
But despite a nice moment when the Doctor is geunuinely excited about seeing a new dimension, things drop off somewhat when he does because the world they go into is rather uninspired. A humanoid society ruled by the aforementioned tyrannical matriarch, who faces rebels and has allies, it's nothing we've not seen or heard from doctor who before.
The second episode lacks action but it passes quickly enough. And the resolution to the whole thing is not quite what I was expecting. But it's also a little abrupt.Read more ›
The final story in the first Sixth Doctor 'Lost season' sees the Time Lord and companion Peri arriving on board the infamous USS Eldridge, scene of an (alleged) hoax involving supposed US invisibility experiments on one of its Destroyers in 1943. I only know about this at all because I once saw the 1984 film The Philadelphia Experiment  [DVD], but the idea is certainly perfect Doctor Who material and has the potential to form the basis of a great audio adventure. Unfortunately this is not it; I found the story to be ultimately uninvolving, the characters unimaginative, and the sub-plot involving the warlike alien monarch Osloo and her rebellious son to be hackneyed, and in the case of Linda Marlowe (playing Osloo), horribly overacted.
Still, I think the best thing about these audios has been The Doctor/Peri relationship; vastly better than the one they had on TV, and which continues to go from strength to strength here. Vastly different from her whiny reactive TV persona; Peri is proactive, pithy, warm and intelligent, whilst Colin Baker continues to excel as the bombastic but brilliant Time Lord.
CD extras are at the end of disc one, and include interviews with Baker, Nicola Bryant (Peri) and several of the cast and crew.
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Overall, the concept and set-up were quite interesting. The acting was solid with American accents being particularly well-done.
What stops this from being a great story are the fact is that the guest characters (except for the Professor aboard the Eldridge) aren't all that interesting. Osloo is pure stock villain material with very little motivation, character, or even style. The resolution to the story is eerily reminiscent of "Boom Town" and given how many times the writers lost the script and had to recreate it, it's not impossible that story influenced the final version of this one.
Overall, a mediocre conclusion to the first season of Lost Stories.
An epic finish, and well worth the listen!