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5.0 out of 5 stars Robots and humans - do they mix?, 19 Sep 2011
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Keen Reader "lhendry4" (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Robophobia (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
The background to this story is from the Tom Baker, Fourth Doctor era - when he and Leela land on a sandminer where much of the work is carried out by robots - but the robots aren't quite as docile as they might seem. (The Robots of Death, 1977).

In this story, the Doctor is aboard a cargo ship which is transporting thousands of robots. The earlier episode aboard the sandminer is not known to the general populace, and has been covered up by the company. But is it as simple as a link to that when one of the crew is murdered - apparently by a robot? And why is the Doctor there?

This is a good story - it did seem that it was all wrapped by episode three of the four episodes but there were a few plot twists saved for the last episode. Sylvester McCoy is alone in this story, and that's not a bad thing - it gives him a chance to flex his `Doctor'ness (mysterious stranger turning up for no apparent reason), and as it is never explained why he is actually there or how he knew to be there, he seems to drift in and drift back out of the other characters' lives in a suitably mysterious manner.

Great story well played by all concerned - highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the robots, 30 Aug 2011
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Robophobia (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
A new Doctor who audio featuring Sylvester Mccoy as the Doctor, this is the first in a new trilogy of adventures for him.

It's a good jumping on point for casual listeners because it has no ties in to previous audios.

It does tie into the tv story Doctor Who - The Robots Of Death [1978] [DVD] [1963]. This audio being a sequel of sorts to that. There is enough exposition in this so that those who haven't seen the tv story won't be confused. But if you're a Doctor Who fan then you will doubtless have seen it. So that shouldn't be a problem,

The story runs for four parts, from twenty five minutes to thirty minutes approx in length, and it is spread over two cds.

It takes place on board a spaceship delivering a huge cargo of robots to another planet. There is a rumour doing the rounds amongst the crew that Robots on a sandminer went bad and tried to kill the crew. Nobody really believes that to be possible.

Then a crewperson dies. A mysterious stranger called the Doctor who seems to know far more than he's letting on appears. And the crew find themselves in danger.

But everyone knows Robots can kill humans. Surely?

This one is a little tricky to get into initially because the pre credits sequence in the first episode ends on a cliffhanger of sorts, which then takes a little while afterwards to get explained. It builds tension very nicely as crewmembers investigate and get paranoid.

Then there are moments when all hell appears to be breaking loose, which makes for great drama.

Yet as per usual the Doctor doesn't reveal everything right away. Because there is a little more going on here than meets the eye. Which leads to some surprising twists and turns.

Taking the old Doctor Who story template of a remote outpost under siege allows for gripping and suspensful storytelling and drama. Which this certainly manages to do. Where it also succeeds superbly is in the characterisation. I can't think of many others in this range that have managed to delve so deeply into the feelings of the characters and give them so much depth. The cast do respond superbly to this quality material.

All does become clear come the final part which turns into a gripping race against time. And allows for some powerfully emotional moments, none of which you will forget in a hurry.

This doesn't simply repeat the tv original, it does manage to come up with a new spin on things. And it's a superbly acted and written drama which will tug at the emotions. It's a highly recommended listen.

There are nine and half minutes [approx] of music from the story at the end of disc one.

A trailer for the next release in this range at the end of disc two [which isn't actually the next part in this trilogy. That one is The Doomsday Quatrain (Doctor Who) which is out right afterwards]. And fifteen minutes or so of interviews with cast and crew after that.

Do be sure to listen to all of these because they hint at something rather interesting that you might otherwise have missed. You'll see what I mean.

And right after that, the final track is something rather special that shouldn't be listened to till after you've heard part four. You'll see what I mean about that as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robophobia - And so the drama continues..., 16 Jan 2014
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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Robophobia - And so the drama continues...

This is the hundred and forty ninth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as a companionless Seventh Doctor. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc and a few minutes of the soundtrack at the end of disc 1.

This kick starts a trilogy of adventures for a solo Seventh Doctor in brilliant fashion. The story opening is unnerving, plays with expectations and introduces the Seventh Doctor in an effectively elliptical manner. From this the story builds beautifully, playing with a firm fan favourite (Robots of Death) from the classic series in an intelligent fashion. The pressure builds, we are kept on the edge of the seat with tension, wondering just what will happen next nad where this gripping story is going to go until it builds to a final, ever so satisfying conclusion. It's a clever bit of writing and production, and delivers a story with real punch and power. All this is helped by some great performances. McCoy in particular has never been better as the dark, manipulative Doctor.

5 stars for a truly excellent release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robo Excellence, 18 Feb 2014
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Robophobia (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
CD Info.
2x CD of a 4 episode adventure, Running time 120 minutes approx, Trailers, Music, Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Nicola Walkers character Liv Chenka features in Dark Eye's 2, Walker has appeared in Spooks & 1999 post apocalyptic thriller The Last Train.
2)Toby Hadoke is best known as his comical roadshow tour, Doctor Who Ate My Scarf & has been a constant fan & supporter of the series.
3)Notice the Tardis is Black in this adventure what could that mean, Check out audio adventure Black or White to find out?
4)This story is set 3 months after the Tv classic story The Robot's Of Death.

Review.
There's rumours that robots started turning homicidal on a Sandminer that was heading for Kandor City that nearly wiped out the entire crew, Saved only by a curly haired big eyed adventurer with a long scarf & his savage looking compainion.

The Seventh Doctor arrives on the spaceship Lorelei & discovers that a cargo of One Hundred & Fifty Seven Thousand Robot's all seemingly deactivated & rendered harmless.

If the rumour is true & the massacre on the Sandminer did happen then there is no heightened alert or sense of danger with deactivated robot's on Starship Lorelei is there?

Until that is The Doctor witnesses a Murder by a robot?

Timelord Thoughts.

Agatha Christie & The Deadly Robot's this adventure would be titled if it were made into a Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot mystery as this story is written by the dependable Nicholas (Dalek) Briggs is a excellent intriguing mysterious adventure from start to finish.

This story has a great plot twist that I didn't see coming & contains well written character's with excellent high production values that we've come to expect from Big Finish Productions.

Sylvester McCoy I feel is at his most dangerous & manipulative as the Seventh Doctor when he is traveling alone & McCoy here gives a enigmatic performance in this play bringing out the darker aspects of his incarnation of the Timelord.

Nicola Walker delivers acting range to her character of Liv Chenka & proved so popular as the character Nicola Walker has just reprised the character in Big Finishes Eighth Doctor mini series Dark Eye's 2.

This is a story that you will play without a break as it builds up a great mystery & climaxes with a brilliant ending.

This is a worthy sequel to the Fourth Doctor tv story The Robot's Of Death & is one of the best Seventh Doctor solo audio adventures by Big Finish Productions to date & a highly recommended purchase for Doctor Who fan's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We are robots, 24 Jun 2012
This review is from: Robophobia (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
After the frankly disappointing Rat Trap (Doctor Who), this is a definite return to form for the Big Finish monthly Doctor Who series. I have to admit that Sylvester McCoy has become my favourite 'audio Doctor'; the development of his character as a Machiavellian galactic chess player and arch manipulator has continued unabated, and the beginning of this story sees him immediately embroiled in a murder and up to his old tricks; albeit without a companion this time.
With the robots voiced more or less exactly as they were in the 1977 story that this is a sequel to, Doctor Who - The Robots of Death ( The Robots of Death ) ( Doctor Who: The Robots of Death ), and continuity references that link the two stories nicely, this is both a nostalgic treat for long time fans and a vibrant and intriguing Sci-Fi drama for those newer to the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tale with great performances, 11 Aug 2011
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This Seventh Doctor story features him sans companion and at his most irritatingly superior. Being the first of a trilogy (interrupted by #150) this finds the Doctor on a space transporter in a timeline not long after the Fourth Doctor TV tale 'Robots of Death'.

Although the twists in the tale may be reasonably obvious, this story is elevated by the usual quality production and a superb performance by Nicola Walker as med-tech Liv Chenka (who is featured on the cover - yes the actress from Spooks!).
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