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2.2 - The Sands of Life

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 2/16/19 1:05 am
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This story is part 1 in a pair of connected releases and contains episodes 1-3 of 5.

The Sands of Life / War Against the Laan is a great example of a story that would never have worked on television but can be explored in audio. It doesn't push any boundaries or do anything experimental will the radio format but the core concept of pregnant time traveling psychic sand manatees accidentally invading the Sahara could never have been done on camera. Beyond the bewildering creature menace the story is a little shallow and muddled in parts. This first release of the pair starts out with some interesting ideas. Unraveling the mysteries of psychic communications and seeing the conflict between the Earth's political and corporate powers takes a while and builds a good foundation. Sadly nothing much of interest is built from it. As Tom Baker cracks non-sequiters about boiled eggs we have a humdrum non-invasion and overreactions without any momentum in the plot. The opening chapters are more interesting than the conclusion (more on that in the next review) but only because of the promising premise.
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Reviewed By: civi68Review Date: 10/2/17 11:01 pm
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Similar to other raters, I found this story to be rather bland. I purchased it since I enjoyed the sequels "Pursuit of History" and Casualties of Time." The best part is the beginning with the Tardis team in the Tardis but it plods along after that. Not one of the best stories of season 2. Most of the story could be summed up with the Laan lands, gets attacked, and the Doctor and Romana get caught in the middle.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 11/9/15 9:22 pm
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The Sands of Life is odd in that it is the first three episodes for a five part story and the best bits of the story are whenever Tom Baker and Mary Tamm are playing off of each other. The plot involves the Doctor and Romana arriving in the Sahara Desert after a species called the Laan appeared in Romana's mind along with the voice of a parrot in a really funny gag. The humor in this is the best bits and when we get to the serious stuff it gets really boring. David Warner is alright I guess as Cuthbert but as it stands it feels like The Beast Below mixed in with The Green Death. The Laan are the only original thing in the story and there is a good idea there if it is explored in the next release.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/20/15 10:03 am
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'The Sands of Life' and 'War Against the Laan' were both written, directed and scored by Nick Briggs. They're essentially a two-parter, and unusually for a Big Finish production it's divided into three parts. Mind you it takes the Doctor and Romana twenty minutes to get out of the Tardis. This is essentially set up for the following story, and is very dialogue driven with a loud action scene at either end. There is Tardis Turbulence at the beginning and a loud action scene at the end.

Which leads us onto the audio qualities of this production, it's loud. Wall papered in music, which bounces between woodwind type instruments of the early Baker era with a big dollop of wonky techno music from the Pertwee era. There is even a piano thrown in for good luck. Plenty of good sound effects though, must of them being the crisp crunching of sand. John Leeson is back as K-9 Mark II, and the unmistakable David Warner stars as the villain 'Cuthbert'. Tom is at his magnificent quirky best, and Mary Tamm is given plenty to keep her occupied.

Finally, it's not often a Forth Doctor Adventure won't hold my attention, but I struggled with this, and for a story about seven and a half billion psychic sea cows from space giving birth and possibly blowing the planet and time stream apart that's saying something.