The Sword of Orion - Resistance is useless! You WILL enjoy this ripping yarn,
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This review is from: Sword of Orion (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the seventeenth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight and India Fisher as Charlie Pollard. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some notes from the author.
By this time, Big Finish had established a good track record, with interesting adventures for old doctors, great reintroductions to old foes and in the previous story (Storm Warning) a cracking introduction to Paul McGann's eighth Doctor, which made me mourn the televised adventures with him that we never had. And here they continue the trend, not only providing another strong script for Eight, but building up his new companion Charlotte Pollard and reintroducing the Cybermen in an absolutely thrilling and suspenseful fashion.
The Doctor and Charlie are exploring the Garezone system in search of a cure for Ramsey. By a bizarre chain of events they find themselves on the space equivalent of a refuse truck out to salvage a very mysterious large wrecked ship drifting in space. There is, needless to say, a nasty surprise waiting on the ship. An entertaining yarn ensues as the Doctor once again tries to save humanity from not only the Cybermen, but from themselves. There is an interesting subplot revolving essentially around the futuristic version of racism and humanity's treatment of what it perceives as inferior beings. It throws up some interesting moral points.
A rip roaring adventure, with lots of twists, plenty going on and lots of verve. McGann builds on his personification of a Doctor with youthful vigour and enthusiasm, tempered with centuries of learning and experience. India Fisher is on form as the Edwardian lady suddenly experiencing futuristic technology. The supporting cast are pretty good, with some great characterisations, especially the slightly over the top Grash. And the Cybermen sound truly menacing, with a cold ruthless logic (seriously in need of a sense of humour...) and no low budget TV work to limit the imagination's picturing of them.
It's a classic little 4 part adventure, and one that I listen to again round about. 5 stars.