Doctor Who: The Tomb of the Cybermen

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This Doctor Who story, written by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, was first broadcast in four episodes in 1967.

This audio version consists of a digitally remastered soundtrack with linking narration provided by Frazer Hines.

On the planet Telos, the Doctor and his friends encounter a party of archaeologists intent on uncovering the mythical tomb of the Cybermen. Only the Doctor seems aware of the folly of this venture, but suddenly it’s too late – the ice tombs are open and the Cybermen are coming back to life…

Trapped underground with the Cyber Controller and his acolytes, including the vermin-like Cybermats, the Doctor and company learn that they are to be turned into a new generation of Cybermen. To make matters worse, there is treachery and double-crossing amongst the humans. Can the Cyber menace be made dormant before it spreads out to the galaxy once again – and will the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria escape with their lives?

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Doctor Who: The End of Time

This Doctor Who story, written by Russell T Davies, was first broadcast in two episodes in 2009/2010.

It is the Tenth Doctor’s final journey — but his psychotic nemesis, the Master, has been resurrected on Christmas Eve! Each determined to cheat death, the battle rages from the abandoned wastelands of London to the mysterious Immortality Gate, whilst the alien Ood warn of an even greater danger approaching, as a terrible shadow falls across the entire universe.

With the sound of the drums growing louder in the Master’s head and an ancient trap closing around the Earth, the Doctor and Wilfred Mott must fight alone. Sacrifices must be made, and the deadly prophecy warns: “He will knock four times.”

The End of Time is available on DVD and Blu-ray in various collections.

Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks

This Doctor Who story, written by David Whitaker, was first broadcast in seven episodes in 1967.

This audio version consists of a digitally remastered soundtrack with linking narration provided by Frazer Hines.

The TARDIS has been stolen from Gatwick Airport, and the Doctor and Jamie are hot on its trail.

A series of cryptic clues lead them to an antiques shop owned by Edward Waterfield, and there it becomes clear that an elaborate trap has been laid for them – but by whom, and for what purpose?

Only a journey back in time to the 1860s will reveal the answer… The Daleks are in search of the Human Factor, something which they believe will help their quest for universal domination. In order to achieve their aim they need the Doctor’s help – and the use of his TARDIS. The Daleks’ plan has far-reaching consequences, leading to conflict and destruction of astonishing proportions.

Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones

This Doctor Who story, written by David Ellis and Malcolm Hulke, was first broadcast in six episodes in 1967.

This audio version consists of a digitally remastered soundtrack with linking narration provided by Frazer Hines.

The TARDIS makes a hazardous return to contemporary Earth, materialising at Gatwick Airport in the path of an oncoming aeroplane!

The travellers split up in order to evade airport security, but in doing so they become embroiled in a plot to steal the personalities of young human beings.

The Chameleons: faceless aliens who have lost their very identities following a disaster on their home world. Now they have infiltrated the airport, setting up the bogus Chameleon Tours in order to kidnap passengers and take over their very identities.

As the Doctor and his companions become mixed up in the alien machinations, it soon becomes difficult for them to distinguish friends from enemies.

The Faceless Ones is available to purchase as a download at

https://mobile.audible.co.uk/pd/Film-Radio-TV/Doctor-Who-Audiobook/B004F3RJF2?s=s

Doctor Who: Series 8 – A Few Thoughts

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When Deep Breath was broadcast, I said

“An auspicious, if flawed, start. I’m hoping for improvement as the series progresses.”

Now that the series has finished were my hopes justified or were they in vain?

Into the Dalek was an interesting episode but after that the series just went downhill.

Robot of Sherwood was trite (and the last minute editing didn’t help); Listen incomprehensible. Most of the rest were entertaining but lacklustre. And what was In the Forest of the Night all about?

Series 8 was prevented from being a complete disaster by the two parter Dark Water and Death in Heaven.

I thoroughly enjoyed these two episodes but they too were flawed: the Brig becoming a Cyberman…purleese.

I liked Michelle Gomez as Missy and I’m not opposed to the idea that a Time Lord can change gender; after all, despite appearances, Time Lords are not human.

Danny Pink has to be the most nondescript recurring character that Doctor Who has come up with. Like Clara last year, he seemed to be more of a plot device than anything else.

I will watch the Christmas special but, from the clips I have seen, I am not inspired.

So what happens now?

On the whole, I like Steven Moffat as a writer but as a show runner he has been a near disaster.

Also, I feel the pressures of running Doctor Who has impacted on his writing; the stories he wrote for Russell T Davies were so much better.

In my view, Moffat should step down as show runner and just write for the show.

Given the quality of the scripts this series, any new show runner should be looking for new writers who ‘get’ Doctor Who; and he or she could do a lot worse than hire some of the writers currently working for Big Finish or on the novels.

One bright spark this year? Two words: Peter Capaldi.

Doctor Who: The Macra Terror

This Doctor Who story, written by Ian Stuart, was first broadcast in four episodes in 1967.

This audio version consists of a digitally remastered soundtrack with linking narration provided by Colin Baker.

The Doctor, Ben, Polly and Jamie land on an ‘ultra happy’ Earth colony world. But there’s a dark secret at the heart of this paradise. The crab-like Macra have plans for the innocent humans.

The Marcra Terror can be purchased as a download at

https://mobile.audible.co.uk/pd/Film-Radio-TV/Doctor-Who-Audiobook/B004F41U7E?s=s

There is also a subsequent release that features narration by Anneke Wills.

Doctor Who: The Moonbase

This Doctor Who story, written by Kit Pedler, was first broadcast in four episodes in 1967.

This audio version consists of a digitally remastered soundtrack with linking narration provided by Frazer Hines.

Set on Earth’s moon in the year 2070; the Earth’s weather is controlled by a device called the Gravitron which is under threat from a plague epidemic and the Cybermen.

The Moonbase can be purchased as a download at

https://mobile.audible.co.uk/pd/Film-Radio-TV/Doctor-Who-Audiobook/B004F3PEEA?s=s