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The Ice Warriors

Actually finished listening to this mid-week, but due to pressure of other things have been only slowly catching up with reviews. Four out of six episodes survive, and perhaps I should give it another chance by watching them (I may even spend some time on the BBC's photonovel); I'm afraid I wasn't overwhelmed by the soundtrack, herewith linking narration from Frazer Hines. Troughton's Doctor doesn't seem to own each scene he is in, in the way that Hartnell's did; and especially when listening, his voice and accent are confusingly similar to some of the other characters'. Also he's surprisingly trigger-happy in the end about wiping out the Ice Warriors. And while Victoria just seems to exist to get into trouble and scream in every story she is in, Jamie's main role here is also to get into trouble (gets knocked out at the end of episode one, spends much of the rest of the story paralysed).

Having vented my frustration with the regulars, there were several things about the story that I really did like. First of all, the Ice Warriors themselves. Bernard Bresslaw, plus colleagues, with that sinister, painful, hissing voice. Unlike the human characters, they sem to know exactly what they are up to. While Roy Skelton's voice of the human computer is sadly difficult to understand, I did like the fanatical relationship between the humans (particular Leader Clent) and the computer - early foreshadowing of the Paranoia role-playing game. And the technobabble and had-waving science was pleasingly incomprehensible, thus not getting in the way of enjoying the show.

So, willing to be convinced about this one, but not yet convinced I'm afraid. We are listening to "Fury From The Deep" while driving at the moment. Irritatingly my car stereo doesn't play my MP3 CDs of the two Yeti stories. Are they reasonably easy to convert into ordinary CD format and re-burn? Or should I just listen to them on the computer?

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loveandgarbage
Jul. 30th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
I had trouble converting the MP3 CDs to normal format - and ended up acquiring the ordinary CDs too.

Both are pretty good. The Web of Fear is one of those stories I'd love to see them find. The remaining episode and clips are very strong and this seems the best of the Haisman and Lincoln scripts. The Abominable Snowmen works better in Target form. I felt it dragged a little (in a way the Web of Fear doesn't) but it has an interesting score. I think the Intelligence works better in Snowmen, though. I can't remember if the credits for the Snowmen CD repeat the inaccurate apocryphal story about Harold Pinter's appearance (denied by the man himself). However, the first time I heard it it certainly enlivened things listening out for Pinter. Gave added meaning to every pause ;-)

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