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172. Eldrad Must Die!

"A Doctor, curse his name, threw me down among the dead… but I endure. I am Eldrad… and I must live!

A nuclear icebreaker, foundering in Arctic waters. Seabirds washed up in the fishing resort of Ambermouth, their wings encrusted with crystals. A shining artefact of uncertain provenance, up for sale on an auction site.

All of these things are linked, as the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough are about to discover. Linked to the rebirth of a genocidal tyrant, presumed dead many years ago...

For the sake of the planets Earth and Kastria alike… Eldrad must die!
Peter Davison (The Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Mark Strickson (Turlough), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Stephen Thorne (Eldrad), Nancy Carroll (Mulkris), Pip Torrens (Charlie Gibbs), Jessica Claire (Kate Sherrin), Brian Protheroe (Bob Gell), Mark Field (Jim)
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Directed By
Ken Bentley


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Review By Gcookscotland
Rated 8/10 on 7/2/13 10:52 am
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Turlough gets the task of killing Eldrad. First half of the story is very good 9/10. Loses its way towards the end 5/10. Watching "Hand of Fear" will help to understand the background behind the story. Good story!
Reviewer Says: No previous stories required.
Review By Lie128
Rated 6/10 on 5/14/13 6:08 am
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Good enough story, but compared to Marc Platt's previous work, a but lacklustre. Eldrad feels slightly underused, and the ending is rushed. Its enjoyable but not much more.
Review By binro
Rated 5/10 on 2/14/14 2:24 pm
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
This story has decent performances and the usual great BF production values, but there's absolutely nothing that you can point to and say "HERE is why you should listen to this story!"

The only novel thing about this story is the return of Eldrad. It feels like someone came up with this title during a BF brainstorm session and since everyone laughed, they bodged a story around it.

In a sense this is BF at its worst -- as just a nostalgia act. Unless you've seen "Hand of Fear" there's nothing here for you.

Skip this one and go to Mercia or Prisoners of Fate instead.
Reviewer Says: Previous stories required!