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34. Spare Parts

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 6/22/17 1:21 am
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The first time I heard "Spare Parts", I thought it was over-rated. It's not that I didn't like it. I liked it a lot, but I liked "Loups-Garoux" more. I thought "Spare Parts" was terrific. but I just didn't think it was quite as good as all the hype made it out to be. And I maintained that opinion (quietly) for some time. But then I noticed that every time I listened to the story, I noticed something new. Every single time, I liked it a little bit more, including when I listened to it earlier today. And over the years, I've listened to this one many, many times. Now, I don't think it's even possible to over-rate this story. No superlative is superlative enough. It's a towering classic.

The most important element is that author Marc Platt chose to highlight the tragic nature of the Cybermen. Unlike outright, vicious monsters like the Daleks, the Cybermen are the product of a civilization's desperate efforts to survive an unimaginable catastrophe, and this story makes the most of that idea. While the Doctor rants about the evil that's about to be unleashed upon the universe, the people of Mondas don't have the luxury of worrying about the future.

Every single character in this story is memorable, complex, and believable, and there are quite a few characters. It's hard to pick a favorite, but if you held a gun to my head, I'd choose Doctorman Allen. Her conflicted, ambivalent attitude toward the Cyber-program cuts right to the heart of the tragedy. She's not happy about the future she's building toward, but despite her misgivings, she desperately grasps onto any chance to help it succeed. And the role the Doctor plays in her plans is one of the most stunning plot developments I've ever heard in a Big Finish story.

So make room for me on the bandwagon. I still think "Loups-Garoux" is under-rated though.

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 5/15/17 3:13 pm
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This story does for the Mondasian Cybermen what the TV story 'Genesis of the Daleks' did for the Daleks: give us an incredible and terrifying story of their origins with the Doctor and companions getting caught up and directly involved in the drama. This time, it's the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa landing on the frozen planet of Mondas where cyber implants are the only things keeping the population alive even if it costs them their emotions and their humanity. Things quickly spiral and in the end we get a story that is consistently ranked as the best thing that Big Finish has ever created, seriously high praise that in my opinion is very well earned. I've always found this version of the Cybermen (who coincidentally are returning in Series 10 for the Twelfth Doctor's final stories) to be infinitely more interesting and creepy than their modern counterparts and this story takes advantage of every little detail of horror that is associated with these monsters to full affect. Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton have never been better in audio form as Five and Nyssa giving us a similar argument over the Cybermen as Four had with Sarah Jane Smith in 'Genesis' that matches in tone, power, and message. With the conflict, script, dialogue, and atmosphere so foreboding, so real, so tense, and so affecting, this is in my opinion represents some of the absolute best that Big Finish has to offer. It's only $2.99 right now on their site so all Whovians have absolutely no excuse to check this one out.
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Reviewed By: Patrick McGannReview Date: 4/14/17 7:31 pm
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Do not get this story if you ever want to take the Cybermen seriously again because there is no way any other story they are in could ever compare to this one.

It is everything that one would want from a Cybermen origin story and is better than Genesis of the Daleks in my book. It single-handedly made the Mondasian Cybermen my favorite version of Cybermen. Their voices are just terrifying.

A thrilling and emotional tale that has you holding your breath the entire time.

And remember: "Daaaaaaaad? Daaaaaaaaaad? Daaaaaaaad?" one of most heartbreaking moments in Who history.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 3/17/17 11:43 pm
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Definitely enjoy Spare Parts, imo it is perhaps quite overrated for being the best Big Finish, on the contrary, its great and the twists are twisty but its nothing phenomenal unfortunately. Don't go into it thinking its above and beyond everything else because it may well not live up to that like in my case.
Great to hear the Mondasian voices again, and can't wait for their series 10 outing :D I hope it doesn't retcon this story though :/