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Summary

On a dark, frozen planet where no planet should be, in a doomed city with a sky of stone, the last denizens of Earth's long-lost twin will pay any price to survive, even if the laser scalpels cost them their love and hate and humanity.

And in the mat-infested streets, around teatime, the Doctor and Nyssa unearth a black market in secondhand body parts and run the gauntlet of augmented police and their augmented horses. And just between the tramstop and the picturehouse, their worst suspicions are confirmed: the Cybermen have only just begun, and the Doctor will be, just as he always has been, their saviour....

Written by Marc Platt and directed by Gary Russell.

©2002 Big Finish Productions (P)2002 Big Finish Productions

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Worth a listen, but not at this price.

Where does Doctor Who - Spare Parts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say it's one of my favourites. It was one of the first Big Finish audios I listened too, so I might be a little biased, but I loved it then, and I still love it now.

What did you like best about this story?

I like how it takes what we know about the Cybermen and adds a lot more to them in regards to where they came from. It's kind of like Genesis Of The Daleks, but with the Cybermen, and with more involvement with the people affected.

Have you listened to any of Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

It's nice to go back to a lot of Big Finish's stuff because the Doctor/Companion dynamic gets expanded, even though it doesn't have all the elements as the on-screen stuff. I think that this audio was a big influence on my love of Big Finish, so I would say that this one is a must listen.

Any additional comments?

I would have to point out that you probably shouldn't get this here. It's marked at £19.24 or 1 credit, so the cheapest you could get it is about £7 (unless you got a credit deal). All of Big Finish's first 50 releases, including this, are marled as only £2.99 to download because they have been out of print for quite some time. I really think that every Doctor Who fan should listen to this, but get it from Big Finish. It is a lot cheaper, and it means that all the money will go to them to make more audios. You will also get to check out some of their other releases whilst there, most of which are amazing.

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new beginning

this story is the first audiobook I have ever read. looks like I'm hooked on big finish productions

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Noisy and incomprehensible

I found it hard to follow the plot and I didn't like or care for the characters. The noise is hard to decipher, a lot of dialogue is drowned out by sound effects.

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It's not the destination, it's the journey...

Mondas. As soon as you hear that word you know what's inevitable for the people of that doomed planet. It's like arriving in Pompeii before the volcano, or the Titanic before the iceberg.

While the Daleks got themselves a definitive on-screen origin story 12 years after we saw them first, the absence of such an on-screen story for the Cybermen mean that the off-screen mythology of these creatures has had to fill in the gaps. Contributing to that rich mythology, this story is incredibly strong and shows how the last known city on Mondas took the initiative to save their planet. It contrasts the identifiable, relatable nuances of everyday human existence with the cold, ruthless logic of survival at any cost. Like the best Cybermen stories - of which this certainly joins the ranks - it serves a reminder that the Cybermen are a perversion of humanity, both in body and mind and that the line between human and a cyberman can be blurred either through our choice of thoughts and actions or the unfortunate, incomplete conversion process.

Equally fantastic and disturbing.

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Technophobia Incarnate.

A wondorous tale regarding the origins of the Cybermen, the fall of Mondasian culture, and the true horrors committed during the earliest creation of the Cybermen.

This story never fails to give me chills, the cruelty of these ruthless creatures, the Doctor's inquisitive, yet fearful mannerisms upon their landing, it all meshes together to create a true Doctor Who Horror Story.

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A harrowing story befitting of such a gruesome concept

Great performances by Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton, and the rest of the cast – I couldn’t knock the acting in this story.

The story was clever and appropriately horrifying but I feel like it was ended pretty abruptly. Nevertheless, a fitting entry in the timeline of the Cybermen.

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Brilliant!

Simply one of the best Doctor Who episodes ever written! Very enjoyable! It's simply amazing!

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This was an interesting enough story to keep me interested from start to finish. The story focuses on mechanical life forms so it’s understandable that there is going to have to be some mechanical type speaking. The downside of that is that I found it very hard to follow exactly what these supposed machines were saying at times. In the context of the story I guess the producers would say “what do you expect? A story about mechanical devices is going to have mechanical sounds” which is true, but the big picture is this is a audio book and the overarching purpose is to listen to it and they should have found another way to keep the style but add clarity. Apart from that the performances were good and I don’t regret buying it as part of a audible deal.

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An amazing story

My first Doctor Who audio story and it was amazing, I really really enjoyed it. It was dark gritty and so much more substance to it than I would have thought.

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great cyberman story

a great cybermen story which takes place on their home planet Mondas with the fifth Doctor and Nyssa. great drama and acting that tells the origins of the Cybermen. highly recommended for Doctor who fans.

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  • David E. Doetsch
  • 13-10-17

Truly Classic Dr. Who!

Felt like I could really travel in time, for it was the early 1980's and Peter was my doctor again. Such a joy, I highly recommend.

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Great Story

Would you listen to Doctor Who - Spare Parts again? Why?

YES. this is one frightening story and gives great background to the cybermen and their development. The older cyberman have always been a bit more frightening and this story shows just why.

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