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Human Resources: Pt. 2 (Doctor Who)
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on 30 January 2014
"You will move against the wall! All of you!"

That's how this episode starts, as the Cyber Leader orders the aliens on the planet Lonsis.

This is `Part 2' of `Human Resources' following on from 'Part 1'. The Cybermen dominate this first prologue sequence as they sort everybody on this alien planet. I absolutely love this opening sequence as it's scary and terrifying when the Cybermen speak. The Cybermen are a mixture of new series and 'The Invasion' voices which is brilliant! The Cyber Leader gives orders to its units and they comply saying `Understood' before stomping off. I can't tell you how memorable and exciting this opening sequence is for me and I find myself listening to it over and over again.

The Doctor is forced to surrender his sonic screwdriver and the Time Ring by the Cybermen, denying that they're weapons. The Cybermen insist and the Doctor reluctantly gives them wondering how he's going to get them back.

This second disc is about 70 minutes approx in length.

The Cybermen was wonderfully voiced by Nicholas Briggs. Despite their `Invasion' look on the front cover, I can't help but think they're new series Cybermen that speak with a glowing blue mouth when talking to Hulbert and the Doctor. I enjoyed it when Jerry Copper picks up the phone and the Cyber Leader talks through it making threats and demands, and Jerry in his delusional mind thinks it's one of the workers called Kieran and laughs it off.

I also enjoyed it when the Doctor confronts the Cybermen and mocks their determination to `survive'. He defies them and tells them how they achieve `nothing' and simply oppress other species to become like them. The Doctor is pleased to say how he finds the Cybermen `oppressed' and it's like one of those David Tennant moments from `The Age of Steel'.

Hulbert finds himself switching sides and working with the Cybermen, causing the aliens on Lonsis to be killed. It's interesting how Hulbert becomes flexible in his decision making and wanting to avoid conversion by working with the Cybermen. He gets his just desserts when he's eventually killed by the Cybermen.

It turns out that the planet Lonsis happens to be the Cybermen's new home planet. The Doctor's confused as he thought it was Telos. But the Cybermen don't know Telos yet and it transpires they settled on Lonsis after the destruction of Mondas in 'The Tenth Planet'. This is where it gets confusing as the Cybermen are put out of place in their `Invasion' look and new series Cyber voices. But that's Cyber history for you, isn't it? It gets convoluted.

Lucie manages to get back into the office block with Karen, Malcolm and the Head Hunter, who they've recently apprehended. They discover a strange piece of technology hidden under the floorboards of the office department they're in. Meeting up with the Doctor after rescuing him, Lucie shows him this crystalline technology. The Doctor knows it. It's a quantum crystalliser and it's Time Lord technology. He wonders how it got here and with Lucie they use the Time Ring (which the Doctor manages to get back) and return to the TARDIS.

They arrive back to meet Straxus who with his Time Lord technicians have repaired the TARDIS. The Doctor confronts Straxus about this quantum crystalliser and an embarrassed Straxus tells all. The Doctor doesn't like what he hears as it connects Time Lord politics and Cybermen warfare into the mix.

The reason for why Lucie was stuck to the Doctor for the whole of `season one' of the Eighth Doctor adventures is given. Lucie happens to be a project for the Time Lord Celestial Invention Agency (CIA), as she's meant to be a political figure in Earth's future. The CIA wanted to experiment and control Lucie's life in order to change things slightly so they stuck her with the Doctor making the TARDIS inoperable without her. Lucie can't believe what she's hearing, neither can the Doctor as Straxus tells them this. Lucie is upset and threatens both the Doctor and Straxus with a gun and takes the quantum crystalliser with her when the TARDIS arrives back in the office block.

But sooner have they come out during the Cybermen chaos in Hulbert Logistics, that the Doctor and Straxus discover that it isn't Lucie who's meant to be the future political figure in Earth history. It's Karen - Lucie's workmate. Straxus is annoyed, blaming the Time Lord High Council except himself for this blunder. The Doctor tries to find Lucie and tells her what happens before she's about to give the crystalliser up to the Head Hunter who seems to want it herself.

The Cybermen enter and the Doctor gives them the crystalliser for them to have. But it causes their weapons to blow up in their faces when the crystalliser is in use. And on the sound speaker, the Doctor warns the Cybermen to cease their fighting before they all get what they don't wish for. The Cybermen refuse to listen, and pretty soon the crystalliser works against them and the Cybermen get destroyed. Many of them groan in pain, before collapsing to the floor.

With everything sorted out, the Doctor and Lucie start clearing up the mess as they get Straxus and Jerry (who's been locked up in a cupboard for most of the episode) to get the aliens on Lonsis and everyone working in the office block back to their own times and places on Earth. Meanwhile the Head Hunter has acquired Karen aboard her ship after discovering what significance she has to human history. What happens to Karen I don't know. I suppose we'll have to find out in the next series in the Eighth Doctor adventures.

The Doctor is about to leave in the TARDIS, and tells Lucie she's free since the ship can work without her now. But somehow Lucie doesn't want to leave the Doctor, and neither does the Doctor want her to go. Eventually the two of them go off together in the TARDIS to have more adventures. Lucie's really excited about this, whereas the Doctor knows he's going to have a hard time of this contending with Lucie. But somehow he doesn't seem to mind that.

The special features on this disc are as follows.

First there's a trailer for 'The Girl Who Never Was' - the last adventure for Charley Pollard with the Eighth Doctor and it's with the Cybermen.

There's also some behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast of `Human Resources' including Sheridan Smith, Katarina Olsson, Roy Marsden, Nickolas Grace, Owen Brenman, Louise Fullerton, Andrew Wisher, etc continuing on from where the interviews first left off in `Part One' with insight on the story and `Doctor Who' in general. There's also discussion on what's next for Lucie Miller in her future adventures in the TARDIS.

That leads onto a trailer for series 2 of the Eighth Doctor adventures with Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith - starting off with 'Dead London'.

This is one of the best Cybermen stories from Big Finish with Paul McGann as the Doctor. It's one of my favourite and hearing new series/Invasion style Cybermen in this gets me excited and happy. Sheridan Smith has done wonders as the new companion Lucie Miller, and the story ends the series on a high with Lucie and the Doctor travelling together. You really will enjoy this two-part adventure. It's great! And with Cybermen added into the mix for a series finale you can't go wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
eighth and last [although a second season is on the way] in the first season of audio adventures for the eighth doctor who and his companion, feisty northern girl lucie miller. These cd's contain stories that are either complete in fifty minutes or are two parters. Just like the current tv series.

This is the conclusion of a two part story, that also brings all the ongoing story arcs that have run throughout this season to a head.

See the review of part one for some of the plot details. It ended on a big cliffhanger with the unexpected arrival of an old foe [I won't give it away, but they are on the box] and now the doctor has to fight to save lots of lives. And discover the truth about lucie.

There's a lot to get through in this one, and it doesn't disappoint. It isn't quite as good a second parter as blood of the daleks part two as there's a lot going on in it and it gets a bit crowded, but it's still a very satisfying epic. I look forward to further adventures from this tardis crew, because they have a wonderful chemistry together. The cd does end with a trailer for them, and a trailer for the forthcoming the girl who never was. Which is the final story featuring the eighth doctor's earlier companion charley. I just thought to mention this because it doesn't say 'coming soon from big finish' before these, so you might get confused.

Don't get this in isolation, as you'll get more from them by hearing them in order. Start with blood of the daleks part one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
First released in 2006, this is the eighth 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 second part of a two part story that wraps up the first season. Picking straight up from the cliffhanger at the end of part one, the Doctor realises the truth and just what a terrible mistake he has made. Pretty soon we are thrust into a thrilling adventure as the Doctor and Lucie struggle to defeat Cybermen, whilst simultaneously unravelling the Time Lord's interventions and working out just what is REALLY going on.

It's another fun run around for Eight and Lucie, with a script that just crackles with energy. McGann and Smith are on top form, clearly having a lt of fun. But there are some darker moments here, which they also handle very well to make this a really top drawer episode. T's a great way to wrap up the season, 5 stars.
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on 20 December 2008
Better than part 1, I was a bit let down by the cyber-voices in parts, as they could be a bit muffled, but on the whole I thought this was a very good production.

The Script writing is better in this episode than in the first, and this episode also makes more sense of the story-arc as well. It seem's I always enjoy McGann's doctor, it's a shame we will probably never see or hear an eigth/ninth doctor regeneration scene.

This is a well written and gripping plot, which is well worth a listen. It's infused with all the usual suspense and terror.
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on 20 November 2011
A good story, but would have been better to have been sold as a 2 disc set. This disc features the Cybermen but does have comedy elements in it. Some of the Cybermans words are difficult to hear clearly,a small point but on the whole Nick Briggs does his usual great job with the cyber voices. Highly recommended.
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on 5 January 2013
A fantastic ending to the first Eighth Doctor Adventure series! Totally enjoyed it! And the CD itself arrived in excellent condition!
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on 14 May 2014
A brilliant audio with Paul McGann as the Doctor. His adventures excel in this medium.And a chilling adventure with the Cybermen.
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on 29 March 2014
This is the Fantastic second part to human resources and continues in the same vein as the first fantastic part
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on 5 June 2015
Am going to get pt.1.
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on 20 July 2010
Hubby Loves Listening To Dr Who Audios And He Says Thanks A++++++++++++++++++++++++ Will Use Again
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