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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 5/19/19 9:30 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I'm not much of a fan of The Keys of Marinus and wasn't particularly interested in a follow up. The Voord, although visually striking, didn't leave much of an impression in their single on-screen appearance. I was pleasantly surprised that in this story they became more substantiative and provide a proper threat.

The plot isn't anything too deep but it is interesting enough to get by. The TARDIS is lost at sea and the crew divided with Susan and Ian believing Barbara and The Doctor to be dead. A basic alien invasion / resistance plot takes hold from there with the highlight being the Voord as their culture is defined and we see tensions among their ranks.

If you're looking for a picture perfect recreation of the early 60's program this isn't it. It's a much darker fare than the era in which the story chronologically fits would ever have attempted. William Russell and Carole Ann Ford's voices have also matured enough that they are more believable as the Doctor and Barbara than their own characters, something the more narrator friendly Companion Chronicles hid a little better than a full cast play does. Still, these are nitpicks in an otherwise solid adventure.

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Reviewed By: ChapWithTheWingsThereReview Date: 1/15/17 3:17 am
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"The Keys of Marinus" may not be a crowd favorite, but it has nostalgic value for me. It -- and not the Daleks -- is the story that helped me to fall in love with the First Doctor and his crew when I first saw it in the 80s. The romp across the planet Marinus was fun and the Voord were odd, but interesting villains to me. With that nostalgia in mind, I had high hopes for "Domain of the Voord." The plot didn't deliver ... it's razor thin. But, it was still fun for me thanks to the cast, some interesting development of the Voord as a people and nice audio production.

The Pros:
I love William Russell and his voice and he has great fun here. His interpretation of The Doctor's voice is playful and rooted in respect for William Hartnell. Carol Ann Ford also does a nice job recapturing her youth and the naive nature of Susan. The story -- with its focus on companions and not the Doctor -- is well in line with early Who. And, the special effects, music and world building are well executed. Finally, some of the fleshing out of the Voord as a people (their motivations, culture, use of submersibles) are good and make sense.

The Cons:
At an hour and a half. the plot could have been much more complex. I like that the story takes place over a long period of time, giving it a bit of depth, but precious little actually happens here. The obstacles placed in front of our heroes and the Hydrans are overcome a tad to easily. I finished wanting more, feeling like a nice set up had not really delivered much outside of continued admiration for actors I already admired and a bit more respect for the Voord.

Final Word
This is a faithful -- if unfulfilling -- First Doctor story.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/15/16 6:15 am
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A wonderful story to lead off the Early Adventures, Domain of the Voord is simply superb. It's an example of everything the Early Adventures can be. It includes the best aspects of early Doctor Who but without it's greatest faults such as padding and poorly realized effects.

Domain of the Voord takes what writer Andrew Smith described as a "blank slate" and truly fleshes them out and makes them a memorable and terrifying foe. Episode One is absolutely stunnording sea battle. While episodes 2 and 3 put Ian and Susan on their own with the Doctor and Susan presumed dead. Even in this way, it felt true to the 1960s as if the actors were taking a holiday.

Domain of the Voord has its rought spots. The start of Episode III was a little jarring and there are a few other minor points. But even so, the story features some superb action, fine acting by the returning cast members, and a wonderful cinematic soundscape.

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 10/22/15 6:28 pm
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This takes us the listener to the planet Hydra with the 1st Doctor, here played by William Russell when required, and done with dignity and charm. This release also has the benefit of having Carole-Ann Ford as well as Susan. I was not expecting what l got from this release, it was brilliant. Both superbly acted, with interspersion of William and Carole-Ann providing timely and well timed narration. The story is wonderfully constructed with a soundscape that sets this right back into the exact era of the first Doctor. In fact the soundscape and the use of music of the 60's makes this a time transplanted drama in itself. Cracking production of this make this almost a recording you could well imagine lifted from one of the many lost adventures of the Doctor. The tension and drama builds throughout Disk 1 with the listener treated to a dramatic and timely cliff hanger, is the Doctor dead, did he escape, along with the question of what can Ian and Susan do to stop the onslaught of the Voord. The second disk provides answers and a suitably well crafted ending to the story.
There is one massive over ridding factor, the Voord, are a much I think under used Doctor Who baddie, they for me conjure up images of a cross between Darth Vader/Stormtroopers and jack boot Nazi's they are truly evil, malevolent and down right devious, they are as good of an enemy that any of the Doctors as taken on. Why they do not feature more is frankly beyond me. For that this story take it to a different level. All performances are standout, the story is tight and well constructed. The story it self is dramatic, and makes you feel that there is much more to be told from this first era of Who, many more adventures and many more stories. Cracking story, with a rather enjoyable conclusion. Highly recommended listening.