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The Macra Terror (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, May 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Doctor Who
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: London Bridge (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563477563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563477563
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 4.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The BBC, in the days before home video, decided that some of its programs were no longer required in its archives. In a somewhat unsystematic purging, many classics were consigned to the flames, including several Doctor Who stories. Fortunately, some fans of the series had made their own audio recordings, and these (following a thorough re-mastering by the BBC) are being released.
'The Macra Terror' is one of these releases. The story features a human colony under siege from a race of monsters - not an unusual description of a Patrick Troughton story. What makes this story unique is the nature of the colony - set up like an archetypical British holiday camp, the enforced bon hommie and cheerful tunes cast it in a different light. (This kind of society was revisited some 21 years later in the Sylvester McCoy story 'The Happiness Patrol'.)
The comparatively recent addition of Jamie to the TARDIS crew mean that all three companions (the other two being Ben and Polly) have smaller roles than might be desirable. The Doctor is very much on centre stage in this story, and Pat Troughton is well in his stride in the part.
Linking narration is by Colin Baker, who played the Doctor's sixth incarnation, and is surprisingly subdued given Baker's portrayal of the Doctor. The visual aspects of the show would probably added quite a bit to the enjoyment of the show (particularly in setting the holiday camp tone), but based on stills the appearance of the Macra is probably not truly missed.
The story is quite strong and not unduly tied in to the shows ongoing history, so is suitable for both fans and casual listeners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew L. Roffman on November 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Neat little Dr. Who story. Not one of the best. Gets four stars because of the work BBC has put into repackaging these stories with linking narration. I enjoyed hearing Ben and Polly since there are so few existing stories with them in it. It's a pretty two dimensional plot which is characterisitc of most of the Patrick Troughton "ooo look at the scarey monster" stories. Basically it's about a brainwashed culture that is dominated by ugly crab creatures that would probably be yummy with some garlic butter or tartar sauce. If you're a who fan, get it.
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In the 1960s and 1970s, British television shows were rarely rebroadcast. Because no aftermarket existed and magnetic tape was costly, wiping tapes for reuse was common. Thus, the BBC's archives were depleted until home video created demand for older shows. DOCTOR WHO was famously hard hit and many of its monochrome episodes starring the original Doctor, William Hartnell, and even more with Patrick Troughton, his successor in the lead roll, remain missing today.

The BBC's Archives hold none of "The Macra Terror's" four episodes, but clips of Macra attacking Polly (Anneke Wills) from the shadows hint at their appearance. Fan audio recordings of DOCTOR WHO episodes exist and enabled "The Macra Terror" to be sold on cassette. Actor Colin Baker, who played the Sixth Doctor, narrated the action around the dialogue, and those recordings were released again on CD. Of course, neither medium showed Patrick Troughton's face in the opening titles for the first time. As the familiar theme faded, though, a rapid heartbeat suggested tension in the Colony, where cheerful songs and propaganda regulated happy workers' lives.

After raving about hideous creatures' nightly invasion, Medoc fled the Colony, attacking Ben (Michael Craze) and Jamie (Frazer Hines) as they arrived with the Doctor and Polly. The strangers' help capturing the escapee earned them a warm welcome, and, amidst the ensuing frivolity, a machine rendered the Doctor immaculate. He immediately exercised his free will and resumed his usual, rumpled appearance with a second machine. The Orwellian image of the young Controller together with this decision suggest the serious themes were woven into Ian Stuart Black's script.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Valdivielso on August 17, 2010
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Doctor Who, The Macra Terror is a interesting story arch that, sadly, no longer exists outside of this audio CD. While they have returned in the new series, in New New New..well, New York, the episodes that gave birth to them have been lost. And, frankly, they heavily relied on the sets, costumes, music and actions of the actors. In other words, there were few words. It must have been a real treat to watch.
And that's the key. The story is about a colony that acts like a holiday camp but is, in fact, a dystopia. How people act and move and look has a huge amount in setting the atmosphere for such a dark story - and the video images which holds that is gone. Gone but for some photos and vague ideas of what the story was like.
Colin Baker narrated it for us, trying to fill in the missing action, but even with his great voice - and how ever you may feel about him as the Doctor he has a great voice - he just can't do the story justice. Nobody could . We miss the dancing, the cheerleaders, the dark mines, the buildings and the feel of the planet.
I refuse to take away any stars - the CD has nothing wrong with it. But you may feel disappointed because you may feel you are missing the details. And you are.
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