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172. Eldrad Must Die!

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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.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 5/10/15 6:39 am
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After a brief respite we are back with Doctor No. 5. Peter Davidson and his band of merry brothers and sisters are back, and by that I mean Turlough, Nyssa and Tegan, it is starting to sound like the FAB four. I think the use of three companions stories is relevant in the whole Doctor Who history, but I am for one not sure if we are just using them for the sake of it now we get to the umpteenth release with No.5. However, that slight critic aside this story is a belter.

The Doctor is faced with sorting out the potential take over of the Earth by a genocidal tyrant Eldrad. I am sure that people more knowledge than myself on Who Universe will point out that there are some vague references to a previous Who, but for the life of me I struggled to recall. Please email me and let me know via the web site. But that aside if I review this from the point of someone listening to this on it's own, and it's merits as a Big Finish produced story then it is a real winner. Essentially a crystalline entity that has the ability to regenerate from a mere fragment of his own self, is intent of returning to full power and majesty, in order to do this however he sets about utilising the inhabitants of a British seaside town of Amberside, by slowly turning each and everyone and everything into silicon. For me not a bad thing for some of these places dotted around the coast of Blighty. However when an old school chum that Turlough bumps into reveals to him that everyone from his "Hogwarts" style school of yesteryear knew that Turlough and few others where from another world, it enables his old chum (whom is in the clutches of piecing together the last components of Eldrad) to use Turlough to do just that.

There is a real feel of the era that the fifth Doctor was around in this, and especially good use of the accompanying music is made which give it that feel. Even the language makes you think you are back in the early 90's. Big Finish are fine craftsman at their work that is for sure. Peter, Doctor is everything and more you actually feel he has moved No.5 on now, Tegan and Turlough and Nyssa for that matter are all as ever wonderfully reminiscent of that era of Who they are from, in the race to whom I consider the best companion performer however, my mark goes to Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, I just take to her and her whole character so much more than the others.

Wonderful stuff, wonderful nostalgia well worth the price.