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28. Invaders from Mars

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Reviewed By: the13thdrReview Date: 2/18/18 4:37 pm
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This is a story that I have tried to listen to many times hoping that each time there would be something that would make me realise that this is a masterpiece but sadly each time the same problems are on show. The performances aren't that good because the script doesn't allow them to be.

Thankfully this is a blip because the rest of the run is good enough. They tried to do something different and that is perhaps one of the few positives that I have. At least they
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 6/15/17 8:40 pm
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I love this story (the Main Range was really on a tremendous winning streak at this point at this point in its history, and it's not over yet), but not exactly because I think it's good. I don't mean to say that it isn't good, because I really love it. I don't know how to say what I'm trying to say. When I try to objectively evaluate the story, the script, the performance, the whole package... well, I think it's got some pretty big problems, and on the whole, it shouldn't really work. On the other hand, I look forward to this story every time I revisit it, and I never fail to enjoy it. It seems to be that rare story where none of its flaws really matter.

Looking at it objectively (as much as I can, anyway), this story strikes me as rather overcooked. Too many characters, too many plot strands, too many red herrings. I feel like the story could have worked much better if it had been streamlined and focused. On the other hand, there really isn't any particular part of it that fails to make a worthwhile contribution to the effect of the whole. It would be going to far to say that every piece of the story is indispensable, but every piece does contribute something worth having.

What I love about the story is its sense of humor, its use (and subversion) of its period setting, its evocation of the Golden Age of Radio, the brilliant way it incorporates Welles's "War of the Worlds" into the plot, and the aliens (who are basically a comedy version of the Dominators). It's wonderful stuff.
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Reviewed By: drwhatPieter2Review Date: 5/28/16 4:47 am
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The opening of the second Season of the 8th and Charley Monthly range season, and in the style of War of the Worlds (well sort of)

Mark Gatiss returns after he written Phantasmagoria in 1999. And this time with the 8th doctor. The Doctor bringing charley to New York City in 1938, the same year where Orson Welles broadcasts his live radioplay War of the Worlds. At the same time gangsters in Manhattan hd stealing some alien weapons to use it to sell it to the greatest enemy of the USA.

At the same time some aliens are searching these same weapons they lost. And they want it back now before there are consequences. The Doctor and Charley must solve this problem but they need help from Orson Welles.

I like this style of the audio play on this, Mark Gatiss realy did this with a alien invasion/film noir style it suited on audio.
And there are some important celebrities in in this including Mark Gatiss self as writer and director. Simon Pegg (Spaces, Shaun of the Dead, Hott Fuzz and Doctor Who the Long Game) is playing the gangster boss Don Chaney with a good New Jersey Accent. Jessica Stevenson (Spaced and Doctor Who Human Nature and Family of Blood) playing Glory Bee who was helping the Doctor, but with a sinister secret. and of course David Benson who played Orson Welles with a good impersonation of the oned famed Director.

Good alien invasion noir audio story such fun season opener. 7 out of 10
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/6/15 9:34 pm
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'Invaders from Mars' was written and directed by Mark Gatiss was recorded on 16 and 17 January 2001. The headline on the Invaders from Mars cover is from a real newspaper reporting the War of the Worlds panic. The imitation poster on the CD booklet was drawn by Mark Gatiss. Actors David Benson (who plays both 'Orson Welles' and 'Professor Stepashin') and Ian Hallard (who plays 'Mouse' and 'Winkler') both appeared in the Doctor Who episode Robot of Sherwood, which was also written by Mark Gatiss. The story formed part of an Eighth Doctor series on BBC Radio 7 in 2005, alongside the stories 'Shada', 'Storm Warning', 'The Stones of Venice', ‘Sword of Orion’ and 'The Chimes of Midnight' and has been repeated on multiple occasions since. This led to the commissioning of the original series The Eighth Doctor Adventures, debuting on the digital station in December 2006. Due to a limited timeslot, scenes were edited out of these versions; excluding 'Shada' and 'The Chimes of Midnight', these were collated into 'The Eighth Doctor Collection' in 2008 with an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary and booklet. 'Minuet in Hell' was excluded from broadcast due to its adult themes. The Invaders from Mars was the original title for the 1970 Third Doctor story, The Ambassadors of Death.

Some mistakes:

1. There were 48 States in the United States in 1938, not 49 as Chaney claims.

2. The CIA was not established until 1947, almost nine years after the events portrayed here.

3. Welles fails to recognise a Shakespearean quotation.

4. Don Chaney claims to own a 1929 Lamborghini previously owned by Al Capone, but Lamborghinis did not exist until 1963.

The first two "mistakes" in this list were deliberate, intended to be examples of anti-time contamination. The third was also deliberate, but was explained in The Time of the Daleks. The last was not deliberate but was later retconned to be another example of anti-time contamination.

Whilst trying to take Charley to Singapore the TARDIS lands in Manhattan Halloween 1938 just days before the infamous radio adaptation of H.G. Welles' 'War of the Worlds'. The Doctor poses as a dead Private Detective and becomes caught up in a search for a missing Russian scientist, and a genuine alien invasion.

There isn't a lot of background music and what there is imitates the period. It’s quite refreshing not to have constant music of some sort in the background. They use actors affecting caricature period Manhattan accents, and the sound effects are cartooney. The alien voices are strangely modulated. I wouldn't say it was an out and out comedy but there are some genuinely amusing moments, with a lot of weak attempts at humour.

The acting is all very good and there is a bit of stunt casting with Simon Pegg playing 'Don Chaney', and Jessica Stevenson playing every female part except Charley. Don Chaney's name is a reference to horror actor Lon Chaney, his nickname is "Phantom" which is a reference to one of Lon Chaney's most famous film roles, The Phantom of the Opera; Bix Biro's name is a reference to the Bic and Biro. Cosmo Devine may be reference to determining what is in space. Stevenson also played Joan Redfern in two episodes of the 2007 series of Doctor Who (entitled "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood") as well as Verity Newman in "The End of Time", while Pegg appeared in "The Long Game" as well as being the narrator in the first series of Doctor Who Confidential. This is the first audio story to credit India Fisher as Charley on the front cover. It’s a curious juxtaposition that both the main parts, Paul and India, play their characters so straight in such a cartoony world. It reminds me of 'Roger Rabbit'.

The plot is pretty unexciting and straight forward. Being dialogue heavy I can’t say much about the plot, it’s quite simplistic. It’s a historical pastiche comedy with some genuinely amusing moments but generally the humour was a bit weak.