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172. Eldrad Must Die!

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Reviewed By: allowablemanReview Date: 8/18/18 3:35 pm
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Hahahahaha as soon as I heard they were bringing back Eldrad for a sequel I *knew* this would bomb! (Maniacal laughter)

Still, sorry to hear :(
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 7/26/17 2:19 am
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Sometimes you can see the shoe horn a mile away. This is one of those stories.
Just like the time the creative team were looking for ideas and came up with "Concorde" and "Master".

In this case, its the story name "Eldrad Must Die" and the idea of exploring Turlough's past which are being shoe horned into each other. But that isn't all; someone who really liked Star Trek 4 wanted a scene where Nyssa swims with a whale.

The result is Eldrad Must Die, a story that doesn't make any real sense with too many characters in it. Even the cliff hanger episode endings were very poor.

To be fair, the technical aspects of the production were quite good, including the acting, direction, sound and so on. It was only the story that faltered.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/7/17 3:36 am
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Eldrad Must Die! is an unnecessary sequel to, The Hand of Fear. Like with Robophobia, the story seems to be taking a different twist. Unlike Robophobia, the twist doesn't lead to anything mind blowing, but rather perfectly ordinary for Doctor Who.

Still, perfectly ordinary isn't bad. All of the leads are firing on all cylinders. The story moves through the first three parts move at a pretty quick pace. It's a fairly enjoyable science fiction adventure, though with flaws.

The phrases, "Eldrad must die!" and "Eldrad must live!" are said almost endlessly. The final episode drags on a bit. I think they were trying to do something with Turlough's character, but I'm not sure what.

Still, despite these annoyances, this was still fairly entertaining if unremarkable.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/19/15 4:53 am
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I am a big fan of Marc Platt's writing, but I am sure even he would admit that 'Eldrad Must Die' is not one of his best. It's very, very, very average with nothing that stands out about it other than what Star Trek fans call continuity porn. For instance, this isn't just a sequel to 'The Hand of Fear'; it also draws heavily on 'Mawdryn Undead'. As a result, we have some pretty useless by play between Turlough and an old friend of his, which doesn't advance our understanding of Turlough. This is in tandem to the main plot which is pretty much the same as 'The Hand of Fear': Long dead Alien resurrected only to die again by the end. The crystalline cutthroat is as much a one trick pony as the Silurians; everything about this is familiar and predictable.

The production values and acting are up there with the best. The music is understated and the acting is extremely competent. The soundtrack relies much more on sound effects to create atmosphere making it feel very much like you are watching TV with your eyes closed rather than the big Hollywood blockbuster feel of latter Big Finish main range offerings like 'Terror of the Sontarans' that are the sonic equivalent of a teenager who has over done it with his dad's Old Spice.

Overall, this is even paced and quite bland for the most part; its one redeeming feature, however, is the writer's strong imagery that is prevalent through all his work for Big Finish. This combined with the clear directing and understated soundtrack form the basis for what could be an excellent audio adventure, but on its own that just isn't enough.