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The TARDIS brings the Doctor and Mary Shelley to the continent of Zelonia, on the frontier world Draxine – where, many moons ago, the twin citystates of Garrak and Stronghaven bore testament to mankind’s colonial spirit.That was before the sinister death cult of Garrak’s President Harmon took hold – and Garrak annihilated itself, utterly, in an apocalyptic explosion. BeforThe TARDIS brings the Doctor and Mary Shelley to the continent of Zelonia, on the frontier world Draxine – where, many moons ago, the twin citystates of Garrak and Stronghaven bore testament to mankind’s colonial spirit.That was before the sinister death cult of Garrak’s President Harmon took hold – and Garrak annihilated itself, utterly, in an apocalyptic explosion. Before the bones of Garrak’s dead came back to life, and its skeletal citizens began marching, marching, marching on Stronghaven itself.But what do they want, this army of death? And can anything stop them? In search of answers, the Doctor and Mary must journey into the dead heart of a dead city to face a terrifying adversary, whose ambitions transcend the stuff of life itself....

Title : Doctor Who: Army of Death
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ISBN : 9781844356034
Format Type : Audio CD
Number of Pages : 598 Pages
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Doctor Who: Army of Death Reviews

  • Kevin
    2019-04-04 04:20

    The Eighth Doctor and Mary Shelley find a planet in the grip of fear after a terrorist attack blows up one of their major cities. The strange thing is that skeletons are marching toward the other major city, killing everything in their path.This one was definitely more sci-fi than horror, but it did work. I would have liked to have heard the terror of the skeletons and the ghostly voice been played up more. Also I have to admit I was pleased to have skeletons rather than zombies. I know the difference is minimal, but good skeleton stories are quite rare.The Doctor and Mary manage a bit more time together in this adventure, which is nice, especially after the last one. Though I still don't think it was enough time, as they were separated from most of chapters two and three. The story leaves it open as to whether or not there will be more adventures with the two of them, but I certainly hope there are.This adventure also has a complicated, if a bit nonsensical, political plot. I though this was probably the weakest aspect, though I did like the storyline involving Nia. It also shows the stupidity that people allow after a terrorist attack, as an American this theme hits especially close to home. Unfortunately they only glanced the surface of these themes.Overall, I;d say its worth a listen especially for Eighth Doctor and Mary Shelley fans.

  • Tim Weakley
    2019-04-10 09:08

    Merely okay. The only thing it really had going for it was more development of the relationship between the Doctor and Mary. The story was fairly stock plot stuff.

  • Andrew Huey
    2019-04-01 05:15

    This was a fun adventure. Reasonably well-written and well-acted. I like McGann's Doctor, and Mary Shelley makes an interesting companion.

  • Jamie Revell
    2019-04-01 04:13

    The final part of the "Mary Shelley trilogy" sees the Doctor take the eponymous author into our future for the first time, rather than just her own. The action takes place on a human colony world that's supposedly peaceful and prosperous - naturally the Doctor manages to turn up at a time of great conflict anyway. The conflict in question consists largely of armies of walking skeletons attacking a city, again emphasising the Gothic feel of this particular trilogy. Mary, unfortunately, doesn't get quite as much to do in this story as in the previous two, even though she is once again separated from the Doctor for most of it. This is more to do with lack of opportunity than with any inconsistent portrayal - certainly she seems willing to take an active role, but the chance to do so doesn't really present itself.There are also some oddities in the plot, with a couple of apparently significant plot points being entirely ignored after they are mentioned - one suspects that they may have meant more in an earlier draft of the script. On the other hand, there is some good imagery, with the final monster being impressive, if a bit over-acted, and the local continent basking in perpetual twilight (one assumes the planet is tidally locked to its star, but this is never stated). One would have thought that Mary visiting an alien planet would warrant more of a mention from her, but we're blithely told that there have been other adventures between this and its predecessor that we haven't seen, which blunts the impact. On the plus side, there is some well-written reflection on her feelings about the Doctor, and how that evolves as the story, and her time with him, progresses - ultimately, her decision to leave at the end makes perfect sense.It's not really a great story, although it's by no means a bad one, either. A few good points are offset by missed opportunities, and the trilogy as a whole doesn't live up to the promise of its first part.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-18 10:11

    I didn't have high expectations of this going in - the "army of the walking dead" concept didn't really excite me. I was pleasantly surprised by the first half, which is a tense, fast-paced political thriller. I loved it. (Though I might also have been riding on the high of having just seen "Night of the Doctor", which had me basically bouncing around going, "Eight! Eight!! Eight!!!" for approximately 72 hours after viewing.) I thought the second half let things down a bit. Act 3 has a lot of plot by convenient bad timing, while Act 4 suffers from a big baddie who apparently studied at the Brian Blessed School of Dramatic Subtlety. I also had mixed feelings about the Mary-falling-in-love-with-the-Doctor subplot. On the one hand, it was handled in a way that I thought was both very character appropriate and the way I've always pictured many potential Doctor/companion "romances" resolving: Mary realizes that she's falling for the Doctor, confesses her feelings in an awkward conversation with the Doctor, and then comes to her own realization that Ancient Space Aliens Who Routinely Decide the Destiny of Civilizations Do Not Make Suitable Boyfriends. On the other hand, I think it's a unfortunate that this story happened to be written during an era of Doctor Who in which we seem, on the whole, to be vigorously making up for all those years that we spent denying the possibility that any of the people who traveled with the Doctor might have had other than Platonic feelings for him. And so the whole subplot feels just a tad obligatory. Anyway, I'm very happy that they've left the door open for more adventures with Mary Shelley, because she is a really fantastic companion.

  • Christopher Buchanan
    2019-04-04 02:05

    This story started out with a nice gothic-horror feel to it but ended up just being a standard issue megalomaniac-gone-mad story. It conjures up some decent imagery but the story itself is fairly plain. Also, people in this story are WAY to forthcoming with information and cooperation where the Doctor is concerned. I realize that's kind of a thing in Doctor Who but it is really in your face here. It strikes me as some lazy writing.I should note here, as this is apparently Mary Shelley's swan song, that I don't think much of the character as a companion. I get that they were trying to add a kind of old-school sci-fi/horror feel to things by adding her but I think it could have been accomplished without being so blatant. Additionally, the love-triangle aspect to her and the Doctor's relationship seems really forced and trite. She'd have been okay as a one-off companion I suppose, but I think they trailed it out too much. The fact that she is an actual historical figure takes away some suspense as well since you know that in the end she gets home safe. And why didn't she write more books based on her adventures with the Doctor? Hmmm? What author would let that kind of material go?But I digress, it's an entertaining and well-performed listen but a mediocre story. The big boss at the end is hyper cheesy as well, so you've been warned.Note: This story does have one of the best subtle inuendoes by the 8th Doctor - "Now, delightful company as you two ladies are, I think it's time we slipped out of our fishnets and into something more comfortable."

  • Mel
    2019-03-30 02:21

    I found I'd bought a copy of this ages ago and forgot to listen to it. It seemed like a perfect story for Halloween, Mary Shelly and an army of skeletons! Unfortunately it didn't really work for me. The setting felt really strange, a fairly advanced science fiction style planet, with politicians, walking dead, flying robots and only two cities. It felt like a total mish-mash and not at all a real civilization. The science fiction seemed to detract from the horror and the monster at the end was just silly. I also didn't like Mary falling for the Doctor cause no matter how handsome Paul McGann is, she was married to Percy Shelly FFS!!!! Also she felt quite weak as a character. I think the actual Mary Shelly was much cooler.

  • Nicholas Whyte
    2019-03-29 03:06

    brings the Eighth Doctor and Mary Shelley to a future planet equipped with complex politics, scientists playing with artificial life, and (until recently) two major cities. Mary Shelley is now far from her own background but comes over more as Leela than Victoria, with of course the obligatory subplot of her falling in love with the Doctor. It's well enough done, I felt stronger than the previous run in this series, and I was glad that the ending seemed to leave the path clear for more Eight/Shelley adventures.

  • Louis Strong
    2019-04-11 05:20

    Very enjoyable.

  • Debra Cook
    2019-04-11 09:12

    Mary Shelley and the Doctor land on a planet where skeletons are fighting the inhabitants.

  • Charlotte
    2019-04-04 09:22

    And again the Doctor and Mary spend most of their time apart - I would have appreciated some more Doctor-Mary interaction in this trilogy. And I don't mean the sappy kind that's being hinted at.

  • Yosef Shapiro
    2019-04-20 09:14

    A rather avergae plot. The best part of the story is the relationship between Mary Shelly and the Doctor. The plot was very predicatble and the villian was not good.

  • Anne Barwell
    2019-04-07 06:03

    Interesting insight into the Doctor from his travelling companion, Mary Shelly. Subtle sowing of the seeds for Frankenstein in this one, too.