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If you are expecting a story, this is not it.It is more like a commentary track with a odd melding of original story, a new 'retrospective' from Quatermass, and the original writers historical commentary on the origins of the ideas.
Oh, and if I hear Holst's "Bringer of War" one more time...
This BBC radio production takes an interesting approach to adapting old TV sci fi. For the 'lost' Dr Who TV stories the Beeb took the original sound tracks (mostly recorded by fans) and produced new scene naration by original cast members. In practise what we got was a lot of old people doing dull audio description in the present tense. Certainly an accquired taste!
For Quatermass we have a mix of the original sound tracks, character naration and writer Nigel Kneales commentary on world events at the time of the TV broadcasts. This appraoch generally works very well. Occassionally the naration has to gloss over vast chunks of the story. This is frustrating and had the effect of throwing me out of the story.
By far the best part of the whole thing are Nigel Kneales fascinating 'real world' contributions, particulalry on the racial elements of 'Quatermass and the Pit'.
This is an very interesting production but I felt that it lacked something overall. There is certainly plenty to enjoy, but some of the story telling doesn't totaly work, at least it didn't for me. If you are a fan of BBC sci fi or old telly then add an extra star.
If you like 1950s BBC snobbery, precise stiff uppah lip commentary and posh cockneys this is for you!
For me, I prefer realistic characters I can refer to, not a bunch of well-to-do Hooray Henrys just out of some Knightsbridge drama school that mumsy and dadsy paid for along with a hefty annual allowance!!!
Pathetic, Weak and Out-dated.
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