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The Ice Warriors- A Cool Comeback.
on 22 November 2011
NOTE THIS IS A REVIEW FOR THE UNABRIDGED AUDI BOOK VERSION OF THE BOOK.
Now there's a blast, albeit, an icy one from the past!
The Ice Warriors from cold, cold Mars were always a favourite of mine from the second Doctor Period.
We saw them resurface with the third Doctor on Peladon.... Twice and they are up there with the Cybermen , Sea Devils and Daleks as the best foes of the Doctor.
So now it's the eleventh Doctor's turn.
Aided by the current set of companions the couple Amy and Rory .
A married couple doesn't to my jaded eye sit well with the crew of the good ship Tardis but each to his own.
The book itself is a 'quick read' type of book and the six CDS each have a running time of 1 hour each making a grand total of six hours total.
So it's great for car journeys and you can easily listen to one CD per day.
And the whole in 6 days flat.
The general opinion of Abnett's book from other reviewers of the Hardback is that it's not an `adult' book so it's safe to let the kids listen and I would agree with them on this point.
It's written by Dan Abnett who has written some well received books for Warhammer so he has form and it's all good.
The story with out giving away too much of the plot to much concerns The Maintainers who grown just enough food to live on their cool world until it starts to get colder, the crops and livestock begin to fail. They view technology as being a little.. well a lot suspect (SO Peladon chimed a bell there)
The Good 11th cavalry of the 11th Doctor and the Ponds arrive to find the Ice warriors are up to no good (or are they? remember the surprise we had from the Monster of Peladon when the Ice Lords turned out not to be the bad guys??) Behind every plot there's another and the plot and story race along with quips aplenty.
Now a lot of other reviews have complained about this a little but I say make your own mind up on this one.
It's well read by Michael Maloney who handles the voices and actions well.
I recognized his voiceovers from Walking with Dinosaurs and he has a good voice that makes the 6 hours never outstay their welcome.