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153. The Silver Turk

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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 11/14/16 1:43 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Silver Turk so far is my favorite 8th Doctor audio, and in my top 5 Big Finish releases, its so good. The story is constantly keeping you engaged, the Cybermen are creepy, even though you can't see them; the piano playing especially IMO. Although I was a little confused at the random music that was played between parts 2&3, although it was music from the story, the interlude halfway through did catch me off guard and think it should have been at the end. Still, it does not take away from this "Great" story.
Highly recommended to any New to Big Finish people :)
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/2/15 7:23 pm
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The combination of Cybermen and 'Mary Shelly' is inspired, and Paul McGann with his gentlemanly manner and foppish attire. The casting is spot on all round. Everything just blends together seamlessly in the Viennese setting of 1873. I am not usually a fan of the Doctor fawning after celebrities of the time, but I was excited to here this one. Marc Platt has taken all these elements and created an incredibly detailed world from them with some wonderfully scenic imagery. I love the opening music to the Silver Turk, very different and followed up by the soft singing of Julie Cox as 'Mary Shelley'. Jamie Robertson's musical composition puts him miles ahead of Murray Gold work on the new series.

Then there is Alfred Stahlbaum spoon feeding cabbage soup to his badly damaged Cyberman like a huge mechanical infant in gothic surroundings. There is plenty of contrast between the beauty and horror. The Cyberman is one of the originals from 'the Tenth Planet', which highlights the body horror aspect. When Stahlbaum beats the Cyberman it squeals like a small animal and quietly gurgles in the back ground. The first cliff hanger is terrible, we know well in advance that the Turk is a Cyberman but the Doctor revealing the true nature of the automaton to the Victorian audience is the end event of episode one. That’s rather strange and dull.

There are several moments that tempt to evoke sympathy for the Cybermen and one moment near the end where the Cyberman's tone of voice intimates that it has sympathy for Mary Shelly. I am not keen on this attempt to humanise the Cybermen. Gram the Cyberman telling Drossel to "go to hell" is rather jarring.

This doesn't get the acclaim that Spare Parts does and while it does miss a few beats it’s still very good in my opinion. The focus is more on mood and character; this is a different kind of Frankenstein homage compared to ‘Brain of Morbius’. And here is another classic
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Reviewed By: WreosirReview Date: 9/1/15 12:36 pm
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This. This is what I want Doctor Who to be. Brilliant acting, story, pacing, sound, and overall effectiveness and uniqueness and atmosphere that only Doctor Who can generate.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/14/15 3:37 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This serial represents the first full outing of Horror legend Mary Shelley as the Doctor's companion as she finds herself unexpectably flung more than 60 years forward in time in Vienna, Austria where she and the Doctor run into the Silver Turk, a strange automaton who plays the piano and plays games with all comers, but as we quickly learn is actually a Mondas Cyberman. What are the Cybermen doing on Earth in the 19th Century? Who or what is behind a series of bizarre murders where the corpses are stolen?

Overall, this is a very dark story, accentuated by a creepy score. It has many horror elements, but is also a classic Cyberman story that tells the fate of those who help the Cybermen hoping for gratitude. It imagines how Mary could have had a meeting with the Cybermen that shaped how she'd write Frankenstein. Julia Cox is great as Mary Shelley, portraying a character who is brave, resourceful, and still not sure what she's gotten herself into by traveling with the Doctor.

Overall, a good start to this trilogy.