Point of Entry (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) Audio CD – Audiobook, 16 Apr 2010
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I thought I might be suffering from Sixth Doctor Overload this month with two releases but he continues to impress. Nicola, as always threatens to steal the show. Here, she is given a real chance to shine, and she rises to challenge brilliantly.
Steve Foxon's music is also very creepy and translates the atmosphere very well. The music here is very powerful when used, usually to signify the presence of a threat. And the silence is very effective also.
After colliding with an asteroid in space, the TARDIS arrives in murky 16th Century London, where playwright Kit Marlowe is attempting to write his seminal Renaissance drama Doctor Faustus. However, behind the scenes there lurks the shadowy and physically monstrous form of mysterious Spaniard Velez, who along with his dwarfish minion Iguano is using the unstable Marlowe to help him locate an ancient Aztec artefact, which he believes will be vital in whatever nefarious business he is engaged in...
So who are 'The Omnim' and what are they waiting for? Why is Velez so horrifying to behold? And what is the significance of the astral plane to which The Doctor and Peri are suddenly transported? As the point of entry approaches, the travellers must confront the Omnim and rescue Marlowe from the clutches of a madman...
Marc Platt has taken Barbara Clegg's unfinished script and created a fascinating adventure; the Elizabethan setting is fantastically realised within the limitations of audio, and the presence of such historical luminaries as Sir Francis Walsingham give the play a real edge. Highly recommended and absolutely excellent.
The story was originally storylined in the 1980s, after the success of Barbara Clegg’s story Enlightenment in 1983. Four storylines were submitted by Barbara, but all of them were declined at the time. At the suggestion of Keith Barnfather who had filmed a Myth Makers documentary with Barbara, the storylines were looked at for the BF Lost Stories range, and Point of Entry was pulled out by David Richardson (Producer of the Lost Stories range) as one that had huge potential as an audio play. Barbara didn’t want to write the script, but was happy that someone else did so, so Marc Platt was approached to write the story. The story as he drafted it was submitted to Barbara Clegg for her consideration, and after she had studied it thoroughly, Marc Platt and David Richardson met with her and found that she had only suggested one change – relating to the way the Sixth Doctor would react to a scene in the Tower of London. Her point was totally valid, and the change was accordingly made.Read more ›
A strange phenomenon surrounding a wandering planetoid brings the Doctor and Peri to London just a few years after the defeat of the Spanish Armada. But the Doctor isn't the first alien to arrive, something else is stirring; ancient, cold as stone and thirsting for blood, it fell to Earth many ages since and the Doctor has seen its work before, long ago...
Christopher `Kit' Marlowe, leading playwright and English government spy, has other problems. His latest play will depict the legend of Doctor Faustus, a philosopher who sold his soul for dark knowledge. But Marlowe is running out of ideas - until inspiration visits him in the shape of sinister Spaniard Don Lorenzo Velez, a man so deeply lost in dark secrets that even Death rejects him...
This is a dramatic Sixth Doctor `Lost Story' written by Marc Platt in the best `Gothic' tradition and faithful to the original storyline by Barbara Clegg. Practically perfect, as written here it makes a gripping audio experience with the great script and performances combined with Steve Foxon's excellent sound design.
It's a `history-meets-the-aliens' story with alien science weaving into human supernatural beliefs, and the quality of writing and the actors place it among the very best of that genre.Read more ›