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153. The Silver Turk

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/17/18 12:48 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This excellent adventure fits into the Doctor's timeline alongside the other stories featuring Mary Shelley and here Mary accompanies him to nineteenth century Vienna where two original Mondasian Cybermen in different states of mental and physical disrepair present potential danger.

This story has a fantastic gothic horror feel and is reminiscent of such greats as The Talons of Weng Chiang with its atmospheric, creeping sense of dread. It features a quality script and quality acting all round. This is a really interesting and engrossing serial with a lot to recommend it. I love the use of original Cybermen whose voices and creepy but sad personas always impressed me. They are used well as monsters tinged with tragedy and the plot utilises them in a very interesting way. As with a lot of audio dramas not all the characters stand out individually but there are no substandard elements of note and Mary Shelley makes for a brilliant companion. McGann is on peak form as the Doctor too delivering strength, depth, humour and intelligence. The finale is possibly the least brilliant part of the 4 but is still very good indeed. A great adventure.

Ratings: Parts 1-3: 9.5/10, Part 4: 9/10

Overall: 9.38/10
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Reviewed By: SteffWilliams18Review Date: 10/12/18 10:30 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Silver Turk is a phenomenal piece of work by the talented Marc Platt, notable for several fantastic Doctor Who stories! This episode starts as a charming romp between 8 and Mary on their first adventure, which slowly develops into an eerie and grim story with gory revelations and intense performances.

The Silver Turk is a massively atmospheric story with a bunch of insightful characters that you truly care about and are interested with. Mary and 8's relationship is sweet and lovable and it's great to see the duo get on so well on their first tale. The Cybermen in this story are convincing eerie and their actions are grisly and gory and give an on-Edge feel, with that melodic Mondasian voice juxtaposed against the horrifying truth of the iconic enemies.

The music and sound effects for the entire story are perfect and are just amazing, they really add the authenticity to the dialogue as well as the setting, allowing the listener to successfully visualise the Scenes and settings.

The Silver Turk is a perfect Cyberman story, and a perfect Eighth Doctor sorry. Marc Platt offers a tale with new and old ideas for what was a grim adventure which made me fall in love with the ideology that originally created the Cybermen and the idea of what they can be. Highly recommended, this is one of the best stories I've heard from Big Finish in any range and I feel this story will remain in the top 10 audio stories for Doctor Who.
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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
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

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