On a dark, frozen planet where no planet should be, in a doomed city with a sky of stone, the last denizens of Earth's long-lost twin will pay any price to survive, even if the laser scalpels cost them their love and hate and humanity.
And in the mat-infested streets, around teatime, the Doctor and Nyssa unearth a black market in secondhand body parts and run the gauntlet of augmented police and their augmented horses. And just between the tramstop and the picturehouse, their worst suspicions are confirmed: the Cybermen have only just begun, and the Doctor will be, just as he always has been, their saviour....
Written by Marc Platt and directed by Gary Russell.
©2002 Big Finish Productions (P)2002 Big Finish Productions
I would say it's one of my favourites. It was one of the first Big Finish audios I listened too, so I might be a little biased, but I loved it then, and I still love it now.
I like how it takes what we know about the Cybermen and adds a lot more to them in regards to where they came from. It's kind of like Genesis Of The Daleks, but with the Cybermen, and with more involvement with the people affected.
It's nice to go back to a lot of Big Finish's stuff because the Doctor/Companion dynamic gets expanded, even though it doesn't have all the elements as the on-screen stuff. I think that this audio was a big influence on my love of Big Finish, so I would say that this one is a must listen.
I would have to point out that you probably shouldn't get this here. It's marked at £19.24 or 1 credit, so the cheapest you could get it is about £7 (unless you got a credit deal). All of Big Finish's first 50 releases, including this, are marled as only £2.99 to download because they have been out of print for quite some time. I really think that every Doctor Who fan should listen to this, but get it from Big Finish. It is a lot cheaper, and it means that all the money will go to them to make more audios. You will also get to check out some of their other releases whilst there, most of which are amazing.
The sheer quality of the way the premise has been handled is fantastic. The original idea put forward in The Tenth Planet is dissected in this story and all of its dark horror laid out for all to see (or hear, whichever). The emotional and psychological implications that are brought to bear would be difficult to handle in any medium but in this case have been brilliantly shown, creating a harrowing story which will not leave your memory quickly.
The mask coming off. If I say anymore spoilers will ruin it for everyone else.
Peter Davison brilliantly plays the paragon of justice and hope that the fifth doctor is, in this situation almost tortured by the moral questions rearing their heads. Sarah Sutton gets short shrift despite being great, Nyssa would seem to be sadly consigned to a bit of a support and facilitator for the rest of the cast. Which in actual fact is rubbish, her performance of the character and the character itself are simply overshadowed by the other, more extreme events in the plot.
Yes it was, because I did.
Don't listen to this in the dark, or late at night, it's warm and sunny right now and I'm genuinely getting chills 30 minutes after having listened to it.
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