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1.1 - Domain of the Voord

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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.
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Reviewed By: SkyTwoReview Date: 11/28/14 3:29 am
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The Companion Chronicles was pretty hit-or-miss, though the same could probably be said of all of Big Finish's product lines. I was sorry to see it end, and eager to see this series begin. I really liked the premise of CC, but there's nothing wrong with 'more Doctor,' either, and Russell gives a characteristically solid performance as Ian and the voice of the Doctor. Carole Ann Ford has had lots of opportunities to do something she wasn't really permitted to do much in her time on the classic series, and it's very refreshing to see Susan as the confident, intelligent young woman that many of the 60s writers just couldn't seem to handle. The supporting cast is also quite good. Maybe even excellent. And things get off to a fantastic start, with the sort of epic adventure that even the newer, costlier TV series can still only dream of.

Which is why I ultimately found myself so disappointed. I was pretty excited to see that the Voord would be returning as the villains for a couple of reasons: first is their enigmatic nature and (flippers aside, of course) the menacing aura it gives them. Second is the fact that I actually kind of LIKED Keys of Marinus. It wasn't what you'd call good, but it was ambitious, imaginative, endearingly cheap, and totally bonkers (near-rape aside, of course). When this story decided to establish a lot of backstory and motive for the Voord, I felt like it was ditching a lot of their appeal. Especially in the way it was handled, which just made them feel like a water-logged imitation of another series villain. The second disappointment was the decision to resolve the threat of a full-scale planetary invasion with a rinky-dink, 60s TV-scale plan.

These are pretty subjective criticisms, of course, and the quality of the performances and the production suggest that a lot of care is going to go into the series. I'll still be looking forward to future entries, and all in all this is a promising start.