Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 9/1/15 8:43 am
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"Axos calling Earth. Fuel system exhausted. Request immediate assistance." Many years ago, the vast space parasite Axos attempted to suck the planet Earth of its energy. Now it's all but forgotten - a dried-up husk, marooned in orbit, still stuck in the time loop it was placed in by Earth's defender, the Doctor. Forgotten, that is, except by space tourism billionaire Campbell Irons – who’s hatched a plan to solve the world's energy crisis by reviving Axos, and transmitting its power back to Earth. But the crew of the spaceship Windermere aren't alone aboard the parasite. The Doctor has returned, to correct an error of decades past…"
No, not 'Timelash' I am afraid, we are still stuck with that one! 'The Feast of Axos' is a retread let's make no bones about it, a slightly inverted one with an Axonoid duplicate of the sixth Doctor taking Delgado's role it all feels just a little too familiar. The Doctor is travelling with the artful dodger type character in the form of Thomas Brewster that Adric should have been and Evelyn - my Gran basically.
I am not a fan of the audio version of Six, much preferring his TV appearances. His softer less blusterous and bloviating persona is as bland as Davison's Doctor. I know that makes me very much an outlier in terms of Who fandom but there we are. I can't say the stereotypical wideboy persona of Thomas holds much sway with me either and Evelyn.....
If it goes on offer grab it but there isn't really much of a dual role for Colin as he is just an extension of Axos, so you maybe disappointed there. If this had been filmed there would have been a lot of running down corridors but it had Axons and I wanted something different so what the heck! Unfortunately most BF I listen to had Colin so I would have liked a change from him too. My griping about the Doctor and the companions is just me complaining I suppose but it really is an inverse 'Claws of Axos', where we go to them to tap them up for energy rather than the other way around - fuel crises, eh?
Anyway I was just glad to get away from the usual fare of Cybermen, Daleks and so on. Sorry if this is a bit of a retread to my first post but I should have put more detail about the story itself in. Brewster after causing the Doctor numerous problems in the previous two adventures has to prove himself to the Doctor who doesn't trust him. Evelyn just wants to mother him, and the Axons try to get him on side as a pawn but he quickly discovers how expendable people are to Axos. The Trouble with all this is that Brewster's motivations are never really clear. At one point you think he is going to come through but then you think he is back to his old ways quicker than an atom spins on its axis.
It's full of interesting pieces but doesn't gel as a whole and ...oh, did I say it's a retread?
To be thankful for small mercies at least we don't have to see Sixie's coat on an Axon set, this really was made for audio. The background music is scintillating though. Bernard Holley really stole the show for me. I have a soft spot for the return of rarely used monsters from many years ago and in one sense this is a breath of fresh air with no Master, Daleks or Cybermen in sight. On the other hand despite it's epic feel and several rather nice moments it does lack originality. If it goes on offer get it, otherwise hold on because isn't anything earth shattering