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The Doctor and Lucie go glam when the TARDIS makes an unexpected landing in 1974. Slade, The Sweet and Suzi Quatro are Top of the Pops - and brother-and-sister duo The Tomorrow Twins will soon be joining them, if the starmaking Svengali Arnold Korns has his way. But will their dreams turn to dust at a service station somewhere on the M62, besieged by a pack of alien monste The Doctor and Lucie go glam when the TARDIS makes an unexpected landing in 1974. Slade, The Sweet and Suzi Quatro are Top of the Pops - and brother-and-sister duo The Tomorrow Twins will soon be joining them, if the starmaking Svengali Arnold Korns has his way. But will their dreams turn to dust at a service station somewhere on the M62, besieged by a pack of alien monsters?


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The Doctor and Lucie go glam when the TARDIS makes an unexpected landing in 1974. Slade, The Sweet and Suzi Quatro are Top of the Pops - and brother-and-sister duo The Tomorrow Twins will soon be joining them, if the starmaking Svengali Arnold Korns has his way. But will their dreams turn to dust at a service station somewhere on the M62, besieged by a pack of alien monste The Doctor and Lucie go glam when the TARDIS makes an unexpected landing in 1974. Slade, The Sweet and Suzi Quatro are Top of the Pops - and brother-and-sister duo The Tomorrow Twins will soon be joining them, if the starmaking Svengali Arnold Korns has his way. But will their dreams turn to dust at a service station somewhere on the M62, besieged by a pack of alien monsters?

30 review for Doctor Who: Horror of Glam Rock

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    This was quite fun. The Doctor (Paul McGann) & Lucie Miller get into trouble in 1974 when Doctor Who meets Glam Rock - quite the mash-up. There's even a song recorded by the late Stephen Gately (formerly of Boyzone), who provides the voice for Tommy Tomorrow (don't tell DC that the name was borrowed) a Bowie-esque styled singer, and an appearance by Bernard Cribbins as his manager. So jump behind the couch or The Only Ones will gobble you up! Like I said: lot's of fun. This was quite fun. The Doctor (Paul McGann) & Lucie Miller get into trouble in 1974 when Doctor Who meets Glam Rock - quite the mash-up. There's even a song recorded by the late Stephen Gately (formerly of Boyzone), who provides the voice for Tommy Tomorrow (don't tell DC that the name was borrowed) a Bowie-esque styled singer, and an appearance by Bernard Cribbins as his manager. So jump behind the couch or The Only Ones will gobble you up! Like I said: lot's of fun.

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Post Monument

    3 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    Bernard Cribbins has had more lives than the Doctor, pass it on.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emily Ross

    I love the Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller, but this audiobook was a bit of a disappointment. The acting was good, the basic plot was average, but the monsters were underdeveloped and really confusing, the characters got all jumbled up and the book in general didn’t make much sense.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leila Anani

    In terms of story, and the fact that it follows hot on the heels of the blindingly good two parter Blood of the Daleks, Horror of Glam Rock comes as a tiny bit of a disappointment. Paul Magrs can be patchy; when he's on form, his stories are among my favourites, however sometimes he misses the mark and sadly, that is the case here. The Doctor (McGann) tries to return his companion Lucie Miller (Sheridan Smith) to the Earth of her time, however the closest he can get is 1974. They stop at a diner In terms of story, and the fact that it follows hot on the heels of the blindingly good two parter Blood of the Daleks, Horror of Glam Rock comes as a tiny bit of a disappointment. Paul Magrs can be patchy; when he's on form, his stories are among my favourites, however sometimes he misses the mark and sadly, that is the case here. The Doctor (McGann) tries to return his companion Lucie Miller (Sheridan Smith) to the Earth of her time, however the closest he can get is 1974. They stop at a diner full of glam rock wannabes and managers which suddenly gets besieged by aliens. And we learn that Tommy Tomorrow (Boyzone's Stephen Gately) has been communing with them on his stylaphone.... The biggest selling point on this is its extraordinary cast. Sheridan Smith is brilliant and McGann is on top form, I'm liking him as the Doctor more and more. But it's the guest cast on this one that steal the show - Stephen Gately, Una Stubbs, Bernard Cribbins and Clare Buckfield - what an eclectic and talented mix! The production values really do the cast proud - It is just like watching an episode. And I have to say the glam rock who theme to end this is ace! The story is fun and there's lots of music references and puns but it's not particularly 'Who-y' the aliens are generic and this doesn't offer any character development. I think my biggest disappointment are the aliens. I wanted Rutans - from the title you think this should be riffing 'The Horror of Fang Rock' and I suppose in its bare bones there are echos - Isolated, contained setting, alien siege - but that's it. I was rooting for there to be Rutans in this which would have tied in with the glam rock trope nicely - psychedelic disco lights and all. This just feels like a lot of missed opportunities. And the ghostbuster trap the Doctor McGyvers is rather silly. Still it held my attention completely and is a fun listen, just not one of the best 8th Doctor, or indeed Paul Magrs stories.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Albert

    I am amazed with your storytelling, great job! If you allow, may I share your book to facebook in order to reach more readers? And by the way, NovelStar is currently conducting a writing competition - You have a great potential. If you wish to join, link is attached herein. https://author.starlight.ink/essay/in... (PC) http://app.novelstar.top/index/index/... (APP) you wish to join. I am amazed with your storytelling, great job! If you allow, may I share your book to facebook in order to reach more readers? And by the way, NovelStar is currently conducting a writing competition - You have a great potential. If you wish to join, link is attached herein. https://author.starlight.ink/essay/in... (PC) http://app.novelstar.top/index/index/... (APP) you wish to join.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steven Shinder

    I'm a fan of classic rock, so this was a fun story. Maybe not super complex, but fun. It even includes a song called "Children of Tomorrow" by Stephen Gately. And I like the rock rendition of the Doctor Who theme song. I'm a fan of classic rock, so this was a fun story. Maybe not super complex, but fun. It even includes a song called "Children of Tomorrow" by Stephen Gately. And I like the rock rendition of the Doctor Who theme song.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This is a fun listen that was shared by the family. The plot is easy to follow and full of references to bands and TV shows of a bygone era. The inadvertent stop in 1974 while aiming for 2006 was classic.

  9. 4 out of 5

    TheTimeScales

    RECOMMENDED Amusing dark comedy. The 8th and Lucie are a good pairing. The Diner weaves its way into theme and eats itself. Welcome to my Nightmare 1974. This was 3/5. Director: Barnaby Edwards Writer: Paul Magrs

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Roth

    If you love mystery and you love The Doctor you will want to listen to this audio book Also if you love the actor who portrays Donna's Grandfather you will want to give this 8th doctor adventure a listen If you love mystery and you love The Doctor you will want to listen to this audio book Also if you love the actor who portrays Donna's Grandfather you will want to give this 8th doctor adventure a listen

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aline Leal

    This one was fun. We get to see a hint of Lucy's past. I listened to it on Spotify and there's Two additional tracks at the end with the Glam Rock Doctor Who Theme and a track called Children of Tomorrow. But I think the story was too fast. This one was fun. We get to see a hint of Lucy's past. I listened to it on Spotify and there's Two additional tracks at the end with the Glam Rock Doctor Who Theme and a track called Children of Tomorrow. But I think the story was too fast.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Listened to it over a month ago, so it's not fresh in my brain unfortunately. But it was much fun, and kept me entertained while I was sewing. Paul McGann is fabulous, and I'm so glad that he had the opportunity to shine as the doctor in these productions. The story was fun. Listened to it over a month ago, so it's not fresh in my brain unfortunately. But it was much fun, and kept me entertained while I was sewing. Paul McGann is fabulous, and I'm so glad that he had the opportunity to shine as the doctor in these productions. The story was fun.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Rice

    It has some interesting ideas, but doesn't really live up to either horror of fang rock or the Troughton style base under siege story. It has some interesting ideas, but doesn't really live up to either horror of fang rock or the Troughton style base under siege story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Richard Brooks

    Good. A relatively simple story, but atmospheric and the music theme is unusual and interesting.

  15. 4 out of 5

    H.K.

    Kind of amusing story but completely silly with silly aliens too.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Farnoush Mellark

    Mrs Hudson saved the day once again :D

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Quick and not much to it

  18. 5 out of 5

    julia

    3.5 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    three stars as an episode of Doctor Who, 1 star as a tribute to glam rock. Not gay enough! Velvet Goldmine this isn't. Wilf showing up was cool, though. three stars as an episode of Doctor Who, 1 star as a tribute to glam rock. Not gay enough! Velvet Goldmine this isn't. Wilf showing up was cool, though.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What fun this audio adventure was! Still loving Paul McGann as the Doctor - seriously, he's got the perfect voice for audio adventures, it's lovely. And although I'm not totally warmed to Lucie yet, I can see her growing on me. She's a bit loud, and totally outspoken and my favorite female companions to the Doctor are the ones who aren't afraid to put him in his place when he needs it. Personally, I love the entire Glam rock scene. David Bowie is one of my idols, so the fact that they've centere What fun this audio adventure was! Still loving Paul McGann as the Doctor - seriously, he's got the perfect voice for audio adventures, it's lovely. And although I'm not totally warmed to Lucie yet, I can see her growing on me. She's a bit loud, and totally outspoken and my favorite female companions to the Doctor are the ones who aren't afraid to put him in his place when he needs it. Personally, I love the entire Glam rock scene. David Bowie is one of my idols, so the fact that they've centered an entire adventure around that era and that music is pretty great. My only issue with this story is that I'm not sure it was suited for a one episode story because some of the ideas didn't feel totally fleshed out. Like for example, the Only Ones needed Tommy and his Stylophone in order to breech through to Earth on that night - but how did their physical bodies get there? And who was controlling them if the Only Ones weren't actually inside them? It was still a fun story though. I did find it intriguing that Lucie meets her "auntie Pat" in this episode with very little repercussions. I don't think the Doctor ever even finds out that Pat is Lucie's aunt - I think those scenes all developed when he was somewhere else. Seemed a little strange to me that there were no timey-wimey repercussions for their meeting, but perhaps that's only the sort of idea that makes it into televised episodes of New Who. Also, was seriously great to hear Bernard Cribbins in this adventure. I love him. It's funny though, he mentions in one of the special feature audio interviews included by Big Finish that he actually auditioned for the role of the 4th Doctor but Baker beat him out for it. Apparently, when asked by Barry Letts what he would do as the Doctor if an alien menace showed up, he could fight his way out of it and Barry Letts told him: "Oh no, the Doctor never fights," which seems silly to me if it is true considering how physical 3 often gets! Imagine how different our Classic Who might have been if he had gotten the role as 4 instead of Tom Baker.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Revell

    Let's just go ahead and admit that this has got to be one of the best titles ever for a Doctor Who story, and consider whether the story itself is any good. In many respects, it's a fairly standard base under siege, and surprisingly normal for a Paul Magrs story. Lucie, who showed promise in her initial two-parter, is here reduced to "generic companion", although we do at least get some insight into her family here (which may be an influence of New Who, recently broadcast when this would have bee Let's just go ahead and admit that this has got to be one of the best titles ever for a Doctor Who story, and consider whether the story itself is any good. In many respects, it's a fairly standard base under siege, and surprisingly normal for a Paul Magrs story. Lucie, who showed promise in her initial two-parter, is here reduced to "generic companion", although we do at least get some insight into her family here (which may be an influence of New Who, recently broadcast when this would have been written). The story raises itself to the level of... well, three-and-a-half stars, perhaps... with the glam rock references, the feel of the 1970s setting, and the audacity of having the aliens try to invade Earth through a stylophone. Add another half a star for some top notch acting, and you've got your four. Oh, and there's a cheesy glam rock rendition of the DW theme tune included as a bonus. Oh, yeah.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Eight Doctor is attempting to return Lucy Miller to her own time when instead they land in 1974 and lock themselves into a rest stop diner to escape evil aliens called by a glam rocker's toy instrument. Or is it a toy? I have no real idea of what the heck the kid was playing with throughout, (other than that it made some annoying music & the Doctor had wanted one as a kid) but apparently it used different frequencies which the aliens homed in on so they could invade. Ok. I have to admit that the Eight Doctor is attempting to return Lucy Miller to her own time when instead they land in 1974 and lock themselves into a rest stop diner to escape evil aliens called by a glam rocker's toy instrument. Or is it a toy? I have no real idea of what the heck the kid was playing with throughout, (other than that it made some annoying music & the Doctor had wanted one as a kid) but apparently it used different frequencies which the aliens homed in on so they could invade. Ok. I have to admit that there were some other generational/cultural references in this: glam rock seemed to equate with prog rock and so on and I got through this okay, it just was fascinating. Surprise actor Bernard Cribbens!! Originally "read" on 2/17/14.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I listened to the first season and half of The Eight Doctor & Lucie Miller incredibly close together and back to back, so all of them are going to end up with the same review for the moment while I'm fixing up my forgotten rec's and clearing out my Currently Reading Folder (which shouldn't be 40+ books, it should be somewhere relatively close to right under ten). I have loved meeting Eight, and his resigned but inspirational way of being. I love Lucy's moxy, and her mouth. Her mouth may be the b I listened to the first season and half of The Eight Doctor & Lucie Miller incredibly close together and back to back, so all of them are going to end up with the same review for the moment while I'm fixing up my forgotten rec's and clearing out my Currently Reading Folder (which shouldn't be 40+ books, it should be somewhere relatively close to right under ten). I have loved meeting Eight, and his resigned but inspirational way of being. I love Lucy's moxy, and her mouth. Her mouth may be the best thing on the planet. Even though I know the episodes are roughly the same length as tv episodes, from single one hours to double-extended two hours, somehow they end up feeling like bite-size, leaving me wanting just a little more from every single one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Devin Harvey

    I actually really loved this audio. I heard a lot of bad comments towards it about being "campy" and the aliens being "boring and underdeveloped" but I thought it was wonderful. It wasn't as campy as they made it out to be (or as campy as you might expect from the title) but the camp-ish parts are rather fun, and the rest is really creepy and exciting, especially helped by the "glam-rock" incidental music and background music in general. It's probably the best audio so far in the series (out of I actually really loved this audio. I heard a lot of bad comments towards it about being "campy" and the aliens being "boring and underdeveloped" but I thought it was wonderful. It wasn't as campy as they made it out to be (or as campy as you might expect from the title) but the camp-ish parts are rather fun, and the rest is really creepy and exciting, especially helped by the "glam-rock" incidental music and background music in general. It's probably the best audio so far in the series (out of the first 3, which i guess isn't a huge selection but the point still stands) and I would definitely re-listen eventually.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Whyte

    Horror of Glam Rock is the Funny Episode, with Bernard Cribbins as a 1970s band manager stuck in a snowstorm on the M62, when his band members start getting eaten by horrible creatures. Stephen Gateley from Boyzone appears as an Irish wannabe popstar (incidentally revealing that he is a popstar who is a wannabe actor). There are lots of reasonably good bits here which almost gel together: Lucie's aunt, the musical aliens, Una Stubbs. I wasn't quite convinced, partly because Gateley's performance Horror of Glam Rock is the Funny Episode, with Bernard Cribbins as a 1970s band manager stuck in a snowstorm on the M62, when his band members start getting eaten by horrible creatures. Stephen Gateley from Boyzone appears as an Irish wannabe popstar (incidentally revealing that he is a popstar who is a wannabe actor). There are lots of reasonably good bits here which almost gel together: Lucie's aunt, the musical aliens, Una Stubbs. I wasn't quite convinced, partly because Gateley's performance drags the whole down, but it's OK.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Noah Soudrette

    A real disappointment this one. I like the basic plot, caught in a snowy motorway station besieged by monsters, but that's about the only thing that works other than the great acting. The aliens are incredibly underdeveloped and lame. They also don't really make any sense. If they have corporeal forms, why would they need Tommy to summon their non-corporeal forms? The whole thing just felt very weak and slapdash. My advice? Skip it. A real disappointment this one. I like the basic plot, caught in a snowy motorway station besieged by monsters, but that's about the only thing that works other than the great acting. The aliens are incredibly underdeveloped and lame. They also don't really make any sense. If they have corporeal forms, why would they need Tommy to summon their non-corporeal forms? The whole thing just felt very weak and slapdash. My advice? Skip it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jackpot

    6/10 Verdict: Recommended This is only recommended because it's the start of the 'auntie pat' arc that becomes integral later down the line. Very classic base under siege story, however the enemy is irritating and the plot is solved by technobabble. The side characters are actually pretty great, with Bernard Cribbins being especially interesting. The relationship between the Doctor and Lucie is also starting to develop in this story, and they are a lot less cagey. 6/10 Verdict: Recommended This is only recommended because it's the start of the 'auntie pat' arc that becomes integral later down the line. Very classic base under siege story, however the enemy is irritating and the plot is solved by technobabble. The side characters are actually pretty great, with Bernard Cribbins being especially interesting. The relationship between the Doctor and Lucie is also starting to develop in this story, and they are a lot less cagey.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ritchie

    The first Eighth Doctor audio play from Big Finish. It's a good start and I know they'll get better. Paul McGann is a great Doctor and I thoroughly enjoyed his portrayal. The usage of actual glam rock names definitely works as does Bernard Cribbins as uber manager Arnold Corns, whose name is a definite Bowie reference. The first Eighth Doctor audio play from Big Finish. It's a good start and I know they'll get better. Paul McGann is a great Doctor and I thoroughly enjoyed his portrayal. The usage of actual glam rock names definitely works as does Bernard Cribbins as uber manager Arnold Corns, whose name is a definite Bowie reference.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha

    I wasn't really happy with the plot on this one, but I really liked the Doctor's childishness and the performances. The appearance of Bernard Cribbins was enough of a redeeming quality for me. The nice part of having short audio books is that if you don't like it, you don't have long before you get to the next one. I wasn't really happy with the plot on this one, but I really liked the Doctor's childishness and the performances. The appearance of Bernard Cribbins was enough of a redeeming quality for me. The nice part of having short audio books is that if you don't like it, you don't have long before you get to the next one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kae

    Una Stubbs (BBC’s Mrs.Hudson) guest stars in this 8th Doctor audio story. The Doctor attempts to send Lucie back to her time period and home but soon learns the closest year he can get is 1974. Stuck here due to a snowstorm The Doctor and Lucie soon learn there is more happening then meets the eye. (As usual around The Doctor)

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