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waiting for the humans to come,
This review is from: The Cannibalists (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
sixth release in the third season of doctor who audio plays featuring paul mcgann as the doctor and sheridan smith as his companion lucie miller.
As usual it's a complete in two episodes running each a few minutes over twenty five, and contains them and ten minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew, all on one disc. and you can listen to this without needing to have heard any of the earlier releases in the season first.
the story involves the tardis arriving on haven, a vast space station where the robots who run it have been waiting a very long time for humans to come and live there as planned. in the meantime things have decayed and the robots who are in charge of the place are in fear of the cannibalists, a group of robots who have overriden their programming and who upgrade themselves by taking parts from other robots, destroying them in the process.
And then there's poor old servo, a robot who just wants to write poetry.
Haven also has legends of it's own, and one other type of robot lurking in the dark....
the robots all have voices that could be silly if this was played the wrong way, but the tone of things is just right. excellent sound design really creates the atmosphere of deserted and run down corridors very well. And what seems like it might be a fun but inconsequential story at first soon becomes anything of the kind as the secrets of haven come to light in the second part. this leads to a plot that does manage to keep the surprises coming very nicely. right to the final and rather clever solution to things.
lucie does get to be proactive but for a lot of the second episode she only acts a sounding board to the doctor. but she's such a lively and entertaining character that this really doesn't matter. added to which the doctor gets a few moral speeches that you might just find yourself concurring with, so well written are they.
Clever, original, and very entertaining. It's an excellent litle story and well worth a listen.