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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cybermen's cunning plan, 22 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Earthshock (Audio CD)
Review of Audio cd: (22 June 2012)

I only vaguely remembered the story of Earthshock from the tv series; only the ending is etched indelibly on my mind. It was shocking at the time; or at least I found it so. And it's still really shocking when you hear it read out loud now. I never really cared for the character of Adric much, but the whole story is really quite sad.

Peter Davison is great in this reading of Ian Marter's wonderful novelisation of this wonderful 80's story; it's lovely to hear a Doctor reading a story about the Doctor. His reading of the other character's voices is not affected in any way; it's really just a simple reading done by him in the character he played so well. The only gripe I really had was the cybermen voices - it would have been nice to have David Banks voice the cybermen in the tones that were used in the original tv story; it would have made more sense too, when Ian Marter uses the word "boomed" to describe the Cyber Leader's voice; Nicholas Briggs' rendition of the cybermen, while good, is more of a "classic" Cyberman, not the 1980's even more chilling creatures that were voiced by David Banks. Apart from that, everything was spot on - the voices, the characterisations, the sound effects.

All in all, totally recommended - a great story, well novelised, well read and wonderfully preserved for us all to listen to again and again.

Review of novelisation: (2 July 2013)

This is, as any Doctor Who fan will know, the story with the ending that just about everybody is familiar with. I won't spoil it here for anyone who doesn't know it, but it's a biggie for the Tardis crew.

This novelisation of the story of Earthshock is written by Ian Marter, who played the character of Harry Sullivan for a few stories in Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor era. He was a good writer, and has written a few Doctor Who novels, but unfortunately died very young - a sad loss.

The story involves the Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric becoming involved with an expedition who have suffered some mysterious deaths and sabotage. It doesn't take long before some old friends (!) of the Doctor's turn up, and things get really ugly from there. The story moves to a freighter waiting to return to Earth, and the Doctor attempts to sort out several threads of a great and cunning plan before it's too late for everybody.

This story was first broadcast in Season 19, in 1982, and featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor. The story was, I recall a very good one - striking and stark, and quite true to the nature of those involved. The brutal nature of the story, and the shocking ending, means that it stays in your mind. This novelisation of the story is very good, and I recommend it heartily.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2013, 14:31:43 BST
Matthew Waterhouse whom played Adric was disliked highly by Doctor Who fans, He's recorded two Big Finish Adventures with Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan for main range release next year.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2013, 05:24:44 BST
Keen Reader says:
Yes, I found the character of Adric rather annoying, don't have anything against Matthew Waterhouse as an individual. But this story certainly was one that you would never forget seeing (or hearing).
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