Doctor Who: Corpse Marker

  • by Chris Boucher
  • Narrated by David Collings
  • 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

An unabridged reading of an original adventure featuring the Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker, and his companion, Leela.
The Doctor and Leela arrive on the planet Kaldor, where they find a society dependent on benign and obedient robots. But they have faced these robots before, on a huge Sandminer in the Kaldor desert, and know they are not always harmless servants....The only other people who know the truth are the three survivors from that Sandminer - and now they are being picked off one by one.
The twisted genius behind that massacre is dead, but someone is developing a new, deadlier breed of robots. This time, unless the Doctor and Leela can stop them, they really will destroy the world....


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Doctor Who and the Robots of Duff

Oh dear: this really does not capture the feel of Doctor Who generally and definitely not the Fourth Doctor. I would not be at all surprised if this was not originally written in the Whoniverse at all but had the Doctor retro-fitted into it.

Practically the first thing the story did was dispense with the original Voc Robots etc. in favour of a new, less robotic, breed so that says a lot. The canonical characters do not ring true and could be anybody.

As well as discordant notes (The Doctor convincing someone they would be killed as a joke/incentive was particularly jarring) the Doctor is often sidelined for great chunks of the story. There are very few examples of particularly Doctor-like attributes being displayed (rather than being dispatched in any clever way arguably the main villain is removed by brute force) and it misses the broader dramatic appeal of the series and instead is SCI-FI in all-caps.

There is an attempt at world-building but it is pretty uninspired and quite painful for those who have not built up an immunity to the language of three-volume sci-fi mega-sagas. No good-natured 'reversing the polarity of the neutron flow' here. The most excruciating parts are the philosophical ramblings of an artificial mind in a Yoda-esque argot exploring the time-after-its-not-being-become-the-is-that-is-no-longer-the-was or some such agony: I was past caring. I think there was an explanation of why everything happened but - even if only because it failed to engage me - by the end I had no idea what had gone on.

The voice performance was fine but - and I could be projecting here - he did not seem to be enjoying himself. I cannot blame him.

If you are hoping for a cosy return to 70s: you will be disappointed. It must be the Blinovitch Limitation Effect at work.
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- A. B. Moriarty

Enjoyable but flawed.

Would you listen to Doctor Who: Corpse Marker again? Why?

I did enjoy Corpse Marker as it was an entirely engaging story - even if it did feel like most instances of swear words were put in solely to try and make the book sound more adult than it was - but it did feel sometimes that the Doctor was a secondary character compared to the returning characters from The Robots Of Death and Leela. As such I would be unlikely to relisten to the story.

What did you like best about this story?

One of my favourite story elements was the inclusion late in the book of the Tarranists as this showed just how quickly people could be deified even if they were horrendous people in actuality.

I was also a big fan of Leela's characterisation as it showed her thought process in a way that was original to my understanding although this could be expected as the author of Corpse Marker was Leela's original creator.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book overall - roughly a 7.5 out of 10 - however I would state that this book is not a sequel for ROD in the sense that it has a similar plot but in the sense that the atmosphere is something akin to a slightly more adult or intense sequel with engaging political games. If you are aware of this I believe you have a larger chance of enjoying the story.

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- Alistair

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-03-2015
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd