Even though I don’t think you could ever call the Voord heavy hitters in terms of Doctor Who monsters, I really love how developed they are in this. Their modus operandi, the way they operate, even down to their exact ideology it’s all good stuff. Plus it clears up just what exactly the Voord are. I still have reference material from way back when which couldn’t tell whether or not they were in fact a species or merely a group of religious zealots.
All good stuff in my eyes and a great start to The Early Adventures as a range.
Just listened to it today, and it took me a while to get into it, to be honest. Susan's character had the whiny quality I disliked in the original TV series, for one thing. For another thing, I had a hard time suspending disbelief and really getting into the story. I think the narration, in part, put me off.
I remember The Keys of Marinus, but I'd forgotten about the masks the Voord wore. I also don't remember anything about the powers of the mask as described in this story, was that in the original story about the Voord.
In any case, the story picked up round by part 4 and I really enjoyed the conclusion
I also don't remember anything about the powers of the mask as described in this story, was that in the original story about the Voord.
Pretty much everything about the Voord culture is introduced in this story - in Keys of Marinus, it's not clear if they're a species that just looks like that, a species that wears those suits or just a group of people.
I don't remember this story super well, but I know the exploration of what the Voord actually are was my favourite bit!
Honestly, this is a really good story and a strong start to the range.
While it doesn't quite have the confidence that later releases have (Like most of the first season, the First Doctor and Barbara have a "vacation" through the majority of the story.
What I do absolutely adore about this story, is the sheer amount of development that the Voord get. They go from the undercooked monsters from the Keys of Marinus to a well realized and fleshed out race in this story. Bonus points for doing nothing to contradict The World Shapers, though I understand that wasn't done intentionally, it adds a certain ambiguity to their ultimate fate which is better than a clear contradiction.
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