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5.0 out of 5 stars first day on the job, 1 Aug 2007
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Human Resources: Pt. 1 (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Seventh audio in an eight part series featuring the eighth doctor who and his new companion, feisty northern teenager lucie miller. All these are forty five minute long episodes. Some are complete stories and others are two parters. This is one of the latter, and will be concluded in the forthcoming human resources part two.

Throughout these stories, there's been a running story. Lucie was put with the doctor by the time lords because she saw something she shouldn't have. But they blocked her memory of it. And a mysterious bounty hunter has been on her trail. Now with lucie in the clutches of those who were after her, the doctor is on his way to the rescue. But he's been warned not to interfere too much. And he might just find there's a good reason for that..

You will find this a little tricky to get into if you haven't heard any of the previous ones in the series, since it ties up a lot of plot from them. It also brings back an element of the show that hasn't been present in the new tv series, for reasons that will quickly become apparent. This is a very strong script, lucie's predicament being an interesting take on a modern aspect of life, the cast are as good as ever, especially the two leads, and it ends on one of the most fantastic cliffhangers the show has ever done! So don't read the cast list or the inlay first if you want to keep that a surprise.

There are twelve minutes worth of interviews with the cast at the end of the disc. These are a little cursory, but they have their moments.

A really great audio. Roll on part two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And just to remind me why I started buying Big Finish stories in the first place!, 5 Aug 2007
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After the unbelievably poor stories of 2007's main Dr Who range it is a delight for me to say that this is an absolute stormer of a story! Well, so far...

The obstreporous Lucie has been nicely assimilated into the Doctor's world when she is unceremoniously jerked straight back out of it again. She finally gets to where she wasn't supposed to go and the whole thing speeds along like a runaway train.

The supporting cast are uniformly excellent, without the big names that marred previous BBC 7 audios, and it sounds excitingly cinematic. Oftentimes I could see vast images in my head that I haven't seen in the main Big Finish range for quite a while. The direction is concise and clipped, the sound effects approachable and the lack of telepathic moments is to be applauded.

Already my odds on favourite (along with the wonderful Mark Gatiss audio play 'Invaders From Mars') to be remade as a Tennant TV story - now THAT would be something to see - I can't say how overjoyed I am to find this gem among the rocks.

You see, Big Finish CAN get it right when they want to! Perhaps it was the BBC commission that made them try harder?

All I can do now is hope that part 2 lives up to expectations...!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Cybermen Adventure, 15 May 2014
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This review is from: Human Resources: Pt. 1 (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Cd Info
1xCD containing Part 1 of a 2 cd audio adventure.
Running time 60 minutes approx.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

1)This 2 part Cybermen adventure ties up the arc of why Lucie Miller is being protected by the Timelords.
2)Nickolas Grace played the Sheriff Of Nottingham in 80's tv drame Robin Of Sherwood.
3)Roy Marsden featured 6 weeks later on series 3 of NuWho as Mr Stoker in the series 3 opener Smith & Jones.
4)The Doctor refers to the Cybermen as "More machine than man" a direct quote of what Obi Wan Kenobi says to Luke Skywalker about Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker.

Plot Synopsis.
The Eighth Doctor is given a time ring by the Timelords to allow him to rescue Lucie Miller, In present day 2006 Lucie Miller begins her first day at Hulbert Logistics division in Telford who's mind has been distorted into believing all her adventures with the Doctor were in fact dreams.

The Doctor arrives & manages to restore Lucies memories & together the duo investigate Hulbert Logistics as they discover the company is working on military tactics.

The Doctor discovers a dimensional corridor which leads to a office on earth run by a man named Hulbert who explains he helps to fight alien wars by brainwashing humans to run the War Machines with the Doctor seemingly his next target.

The Doctor discovers the office is the interior of a giant War Machine on a alien planet were the Doctor discovers a group of ex Hulbert Logistics employees, The Doctor plans to sabotage the conference rooms defence systems but to the Doctors dismay his old enemy's The Cybermen arrive surrounding the conference room.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is part 1 of 2 in the concluding story to series 1 of the Eighth Doctor adventures.

Human Resources is written by the ever excellent writer Eddie Robson who here has written another outstanding audio adventure this time featuring the Cybermen.

Robsons story is a wonderful engaging tension filled audio drama filled with some great plot twists & features outstanding performances by Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor & Sheridan Smith as Lucie Miller who both deliver strong performances & share a great Doctor/Companion dynamic.

Credit also goes to Roy Marsden who gives a brilliant performance as Mr Stoker & Katarina Olsson as the mysterious Headhunter.

Yet the cliffhanger is the dramas biggest tension filled moment as the silver nemesis of Mondas appear as one of the Doctors greatest enemies the Cybermen make there arrival known.

A solid entertaining part 1 Cybermen adventure with excellent production values by Big Finish Productions & great solid performances by the cast.

Timelord Rating.
10/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucie Miller meets the Cybermen during work hours - Part 1, 29 Jan 2014
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This is a really good story and one of my favourite audios with Paul McGann as the Doctor. It's one of my favourite Cybermen stories from Big Finish and it ends the first season with Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith as companion Lucie Miller on a high. It's a lot more sophisticated and intelligent than any other Who story I've listened to, but it's full of wit and charm and that's what makes it all the more appealing.

'Human Resources' is a two-part story that was broadcast on BBC7 from the 11-18th of February 2007. It's spread across two discs sold separately on CD. It's a shame they couldn't have put both episodes in a two-disc set as one but that's only a minor complaint.

The first disc is 60 minutes in length approx.

If you haven't been following what's been going on in these Eighth Doctor audio adventures, it's best to start with 'Blood of the Daleks - Part 1' and 'Part 2' before getting an idea of what occurs in this story.

Lucie Miller has been captured by the Head Hunter (played by Katarina Olsson). Waking up she finds herself at the offices of Hulbert Logistics where she was meant to be going for her new job before getting involved in the adventures with the Doctor. The Doctor meanwhile is in the TARDIS trying to set it in motion in order to find Lucie Miller but can't as it won't operate without her. A Time Lord appears named Straxus who gives the Doctor a Time Ring (similar to the one in 'Genesis of the Daleks') in order to find Lucie whilst he and a number of Time Lord technicians repair the TARDIS whilst he's gone. The Doctor goes, not knowing what's in store for him.

The Doctor eventually finds Lucie at Hulbert Logistics and together they investigate the mysterious goings-on as this seemingly ordinary office block. It soon transpires that planning meetings at this company do not deal with mundane daily logistics but in actual fact involved plans for underground war strategies on alien planets, something which makes the workers unaware of. Lucie herself discovers with her workmate Karen (Louise Fullerton) that the office is actually from the outside a walking robot tank with guns patrolling about on a jungle planet. It's a very mysterious organisation and one the Doctor hopes to unravel.

This story written by Eddie Robson is at its classiest and high quality. I really like the familiar setting of the office block and the mundane routine going on between workers and having chats over coffee. The atmosphere feels really business-like and down to Earth. And some of the personalities that go on at this company are very believable and what you expect from a working office block to be like and for me, working in an office myself, makes it all seem real to me. Even the voice announcer (Barnaby Edwards) who provides amusingly-written office announcements made it believable to me. The dialogue is also very witty and engaging to listen to, and it's the sort of setting you would expect Lucie to come from before we even met her.

Paul McGann is great in this story as the Doctor. I enjoyed his scenes when he was concerned about Lucie Miller and goes off to find her. He eventually hires Lucie as his aide and the two of them split up to investigate the goings-on at Hulbert Logistics. I enjoyed it when the Doctor passes himself off as a member of staff and eventually gets to meet Todd Hulbert, head of the company, and passes himself off as an alien client in order to get information about what Hulbert Logistics is all about in its mission statement and objectives. He really has come about very well in his role as the Doctor and is given more meaty stuff and dialogue in these audio plays compared to his first TV appearance.

Lucie Miller is great in this too and Sheridan Smith is wonderful as the new companion. Both the Doctor and Lucie have mellowed since their first meeting and seem to like each other despite some friction. Lucie is rough and has a sense of her own independence. She knows her own mind and is capable of keeping it together when things go bad, especially when she and Karen get thrown out of the office block after being fired. Lucie gets to use her mobile phone to take a picture of the walking robot office block which was an inspired moment. Also when they're on the jungle planet, Lucie keeps Karen safe when they met up with Malcolm (former manager at Hulbert Logistics) and escaping the war zone. This is a true story for Lucie to prove her mettle and Sheridan Smith seems to be enjoying it playing the part of this northern-accent companion.

The Head Hunter (played by Katarina Olsson) comes into her own in this story. She's this mysterious character who's been popping in and out for the whole of this first season of Eighth Doctor adventures. We're not sure what her motivation is, but it's clear she's determined to get Lucie back into Hulbert Logistics since she's been travelling with the Doctor. She's this really mysterious character with a posh voice and business-like strategy and Katarina plays her wonderfully throughout. Just why does she keep following Lucie and hunting her? What does she want her for and why?

Roy Marsden also appears in this story as he plays Todd Hulbert, head of Hulbert Logistics. Marsden appeared in `Doctor Who' not long after this in the David Tennant story 'Smith and Jones' with Martha Jones and the Judoon. Here he plays a professional business man who seems to know how to deal with alien clients and sorting out wars on alien planets. Marsden pulls of the part remarkably well with his business like attitude and doesn't sound too dissimilar to his TV role in `Doctor Who'. I enjoyed listening to Roy Marsden and could picture him easily after watching him in his TV episode, and he certainly enjoyed playing this part after being engrossed in the script.

Nickolas Grace plays Straxus in this story. Straxus is a member of the High Council of Time Lords. We don't get to see much of him in this episode, as he only appears in the prologue sequence before the opening credits. Straxus is your typical Time Lord High Council official who seems proud, rather snooty and a bit of a coward in my opinion. Nickolas Grace plays the part of this Time Lord very well and it's such a joy to listen to him in this story.

Owen Brenman (who I've seen from `One Foot in the Grave') plays Jerry Cooper, who's in the charge of the department Lucie and Karen are in. Jerry is a typical business manager who has delusions of grandeur about him. He thinks he's funny and easy to get on with, whereas in fact the women especially Lucie and Karen find him annoying and as Lucie puts it `a chump'. Pretty soon Jerry accuses Karen and Lucie for getting data records wrong and has them fired, throwing them out of the office. He doesn't impress Todd Hulbert very much. The Doctor doesn't think much of Jerry either as he tolerates him up to a point. Jerry is what you would expect a typical office manager to be like who's into the business side of things and doesn't think much of staff morale or well-being.

The rest of the guest cast are good in this. There's Louise Fullerton playing Karen, Lucie's workmate and the two of them gets on well with each other and Karen wants to know all the office gossip. And there's Andrew Wisher (who's related to Michael Wisher (first actor to play Davros)) as Malcolm who was former manager of Lucie's department before Jerry Cooper took over.

I enjoyed listening to the cliffhanger of this story. Once Hulbert has a business meeting in session on an alien planet with alien clients, the planet's defences are down. The Doctor's switched them off. He doesn't like what Hulbert's doing with his business and is determined to stop it. Then stomping footsteps are heard. The Doctor sees them. He's shocked. He didn't realise it was them. Why would it be them? Who are they, you ask? It's the Cybermen! They stomp closer and closer before facing the Doctor and Hulbert. They speak in their cyber voices much like the new series ones (which really got me excited listening to them). They threaten Todd Hulbert who they claim has invaded their `home world'. The Doctor can't believe what a mistake he's made, as he's a fatal `error of judgement'.

TO BE CONTINUED...

At the end of Disc 1, there are number of interviews with the cast of this story including Roy Marsden, Nickolas Grace, Owen Brenman, Louise Fullerton, Andrew Wisher, Katarina Olsson and Sheridan Smith herself. All of them provide their insight on this story and in `Doctor Who' in general.

This is a great opening episode to an exciting story with the Cybermen. I was really keen to find out what would happen next and couldn't wait to put the next CD in.

Find out what happens next in 'Part 2' of this story...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Human Resources Part 1: That's a Time Ring? It looks like something from Top-Shop!, 13 Sep 2013
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First released in 2006, this is the seventh episode of a of the first standalone series for Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with a single 50 minute episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc.

This is the first part of a two part story that wraps up the first season. Picking straight up from the cliffhanger at the end of `No More Lies', the Doctor is trying to undo whatever the Timelords have done to his TARDIS so that he can track down Lucie. Lucie meanwhile is starting a new job in a rather odd company.

The story stats to wrap up the ongoing story of arc of Lucie's origins and why she has been placed with the Doctor by the Time Lords. It's a fun tale, with some amazingly good ideas, especially the nature of the company Lucie now works for an the truth behind the various regional offices. It's a fun scrtipt that goves Paul McGann plenty of opportunity to exercise the Tiggerish side of his Doctor's personality, even when dealing with some dark issues. Sheridan Smith delights once more as Lucie, sharing a great chemistry with Eight. This pairing is now firmly established s one of my favourite Doctor/companion pairings, even more than Six/Evelyn.

A cracking adventure that ends on a stunning cliffhanger as the Doctor makes a terrible mistake. 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cyber-Revival!, 20 Dec 2008
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This review is from: Human Resources: Pt. 1 (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This story see's Paul McGann's Doctor and Lucie confront the Headhunter head-on in a buisness park near Telford, where the employees are being brainwashed - by the Cybermen!

McGann again puts in a good performance as the Eighth Doctor, and Lucie Millers storyline with the Headhunter is interesting. I felt it was a nice build up to part 2, but I didn't enjoy the Phil Neville joke, or the Only Fools and Horses reference.

Worth a listen though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great audio drama, 29 Mar 2014
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Human resources is really great stuff! Another great audio drama with the eighth doctor and Lucy miller and reasonably priced!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who - Human Resources: Pt. 1, 17 Aug 2007
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Having listened to all but one of the BBC7 Doctor Who Audio's with The Eighth Doctor, (Played by Paul McGann)and his new companion Lucie Miller (Played by Sheridan Smith) Human Resources continues on after the audio No More Lies with the Headhunter finally catching up with Lucie and taking her away to her new job.

The Doctor is unaware of this until the Cloister Bell starts to ring out and he is unable to find Lucie. With the Tardis unable to leave with out her The Doctor options are zero until another Time Lord shows up with a request and a time ring.

Meanwhile Lucie wakes up in a building owned by Hulbert Logistics and put to work with her memories of The Doctor, The Tardis and all the place's of time and space she has been, looking to her more and more like a dream.

I liked Human Resources with a great cast heading the play with Nick Briggs as the Doctor enemies The Cybermen, Katharina Olsson as the Headhunter and Ray Marsden as Todd Hulbert. This story ends on a greatcliff hanger and I myself wanting to know what happens in the next part of this great story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 20 July 2010
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Hubby Loves Listening To Dr Who Audios And He Says Thanks A++++++++++++++++++++++++ Will Use Again
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