Doctor Who: Spare Parts (Big Finish Audio Drama, #34)
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Doctor Who: Spare Parts (Big Finish Doctor Who Audio Dramas #34)

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NOT A BOOK. NOT AN AUDIO BOOK. This is an original full-cast audio play produced by Big Finish Productions.

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, r...more
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Published July 2002 by Big Finish Productions Ltd
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Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
An excellent twist on the origins of the Cybermen,very dark and depressing but compelling too. Massive irony as the people of Mondas find a better template for the emerging Cyber-race. We get to see some of the people who became the first wave of Cyberman and this is incredibly poignant. Good characterisation too as Nyssa airs her bottled-up feelings about the death of Adric. The Doc gets mighty shouty, but sadly his decision to try and subvert the course of history this time around doesn't take...more
Nicholas Whyte
Perhaps my favourite of the fifty or so Big Finish stories I have listened to so far. The title of course comes from this chilling exchange from Episode Two of The Tenth Planet (1966), between the newly introduced Cybermen and one of the scientists in the base they have just invaded, in literally the first scene in Doctor Who in which the Cybermen speak. The scene is set on Mondas, with the dying population, willingly or not, handing over their destinies to the process of becoming Cybermen, unde...more
Mel
This was brilliant. I've been listening to quite a few audios lately and was worried that I was just getting over saturated with Doctor Who or something as I wasn't that thrilled by them. But this one I totally loved. Peter Davison is not my favourite Doctor but he was Very good in this. Nyssa was lovely and clever and all the great things that Nyssa should be!

The story was just very creepy. They arrived on Mondas when the first cybermen conversions were happening. It was done really well and b...more
Eumenides
My favorite of the Fifth Doctor audio plays so far. Great performances by all the actors, especially Davison. It gives a chilling story of how the Cybermen came to be that ended up being encorportated into the new Doctor Who series.
Jeffrey
Jun 27, 2013 Jeffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of audio dramas and doctor who fans
I have to admit that I didn't even realize that they covered audio dramas on this site, but let's have a go.

Spare Parts is one of many audio dramas produced by Big Finish begun during the long dark period between the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie and the 2005 series relaunch. This volume, featuring the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, and his companion Nyssa, played by Sarah Sutton, acts as an origin story for the Cybermen. While I wouldn't normally disclose that rather significant plot point since the s...more
Sylvian
I have mentioned around this place that, I love Doctor Who. I do,... I do, I do, I dooohoooo!

Honestly though, I am in love with the show. I care not for things such as Twilight, or Breaking Bad or even Game of Thrones much. But Doctor Who, beautiful stuff.

So, you may be shocked to hear that this is only my second every DW related audio story. I shall be reviewing I, Davros when I can re-listen to it. But from what I remember, it was brilliant too.

It chronically features the 5th Doctor (played b...more
Angela
The Doctor and Nyssa land on a planet where the population live underground. The Doctor wants to leave but Nyssa wants to help the people there. Only problem, this is Telos, the birth place of the cybermen. A really clever character piece with a feeling of doom throughout, this is the beginning of the cybermen and the Doctor can not stop it. The emotional impact is through concentrating on the lives of just one family, and is quite upsetting because of that. A really good listen.
Toni
If you only listen to one Doctor Who audio play in your life, make it Spare Parts. Even Big Finish names it as one of their more popular titles. Written by Marc Platt (writer of the 7th Doctor story Ghostlight, and a number of other audio plays), it became the inspiration for the "Rise of the Cybermen"/"Age of Steel" 10th Doctor episodes.

The quick summary: Spare Parts documents the very beginning of the Cybermen, as the people of Mondas are dying and slowly replacing themselves out with cyberne...more
Legeon Henderson
firstly its the first of big finish's plays that i listened to that included the 5th doctor and second its the cybermen! this is a true dark gritty and in some places disturbing story making one think of the perils of self improvement, slowly replacing ones human nature with plastic and metal implants removing all that makes us what we are. its so nice to see the origins, cyberleader cheng is a brilliant foil for the doctor and Nyssa and the guest cast is brilliant. i think that in the tv series...more
Paul Graham
Awesome!! I absolutely love experiencing new adventures of the classic Doctor Who. The only downside was that the cyber voices were very challenging to understand at times... even if you turned up the volume, I was struggling to figure out what they were saying. Still, an overall fascinating story.
Reg Franklin
Jun 18, 2013 Reg Franklin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Doctor Who Fans
Prior to this, my only exposure to the Cybermen had been in nu-Who, with the clanking footsteps and heavily modulated voices.

This, though? Oh. My. God. These Cybermen are absolutely terrifying. Instead of the modulated monotone, they speak in the sing-song way of their first few appearances, which is as it should be considering you might as well give Spare Parts the subtitle "Genesis of the Cybermen". Peter Davidson's 5th Doctor arrives on the 10th planet of Mondas as it careens towards the vola...more
Dave Bowmore
Simply the best Dr Who audio Big Finish has produced - Deeply moving and profound with great voices. A must for all fans
Sarah
Fifth Doctor and Nyssa land on Mondas; home of the Cybermen. Can the Doctor arouse the population enough to stop them from turning into cybermen? Or are they just a touch to late? Dun dun DUN!!

Still an excellent story with great characterization from the actors. My favorite quote has to be when Fifth Doctor yelled "You brought a cybermite onto MY SHIP?!?!!"

Audio definitely done right. :-D
Avarill
This was one of the stronger Big Finish productions I've listened to. The whole thing runs like a well-oiled, well, machine; and the chemistry between Davison and Sutton is perfect. The whole thing is a horrible tragedy, of course, but there's enough twists and turns and human interest to keep your attention. Highly recommended.
Debra Cook
This was a great Cyberman adventure. The Doctor and Nyssa went back to the early days of Mondo when the Cyberman were first created. It all starts with organ replacements and then…well you know. Nyssa tries to help some people when she and the doctor realize what is going on. Great adventure. Definitely worth listening to.
Steven
On the planet Mondas, the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa discover the origins of the Cybermen, but as with the Daleks in Genesis of the Daleks, he dares not interfere with history by preventing their creation.
Oliver
I'm not a huge fan of the Fifth Doctor. I rather dislike Nyssa. I enjoyed this a lot though. My one complaint is that the ending is a bit weak.
Angela
This was an expertedly told story. It was also one of the most depressing I have ever heard.
Christopher Buchanan
Definitely a classic. A must-listen for audio fans.
Michael Legge
Shame he dies in the end.
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Marc Platt is a British writer. He is most known for his work with the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.

After studying catering at a technical college, Platt worked first for Trust House Forte, and then in administration for the BBC. He wrote the Doctor Who serial Ghost Light based on two proposals, one of which later became the novel Lungbarrow. That novel was greatly anticipated...more
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