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Orbis (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Mar 2009

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Mar. 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1844353931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844353934
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.1 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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First released in 2009, this is the first episode of the third season of standalone releases for Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with (in a change from the previous releases) two 25 minute episodes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc. It would help if you have heard some previous episodes, especially ‘Vengeance of Morbius’, which this directly follows on from.

Following the cliffhanger at the end of ‘the Vengeance Of Morbius’ (well not really a cliff hanger, as the Doctor had fallen over the cliff and was definitely not hanging on anywhere) Lucie and the Headhunter are off to try and recover the missing Time Lord. It turns out that he has a touch of amnesia and has been leading an idyllic life on an ocean world with some highly evolved jellyfish. For about 600 years. The world is threatened by an invasion of spacefaring clams whose leader (played by Andrew Sachs in fine villainous form) is in the process of changing sex.

This is a great play that uses the audio medium to good effect. The play is full of characters that just could not be realised on screen, and the actors manage to bring them to life. At the heart of the play is the reawakening of the friendship between Lucie and the Doctor, and her jealousy at the thought of him having adventures with other companions. It’s a well done piece, McGann and Smith have never been better together. It bounces along very nicely, giving lots of adventure and nice character moments along the way. I loved it, 5 stars.
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'Orbis' kicks off the third season of New Eighth Doctor Adventures starring Paul McGann as the Doctor and Sheridan Smith as Lucie Miller, and does it in style. Alan Barnes and Nicholas Briggs' story is a great example of exploiting the audio medium to the full, and telling the kind of story that would be difficult, maybe impossible, to tell effectively in a visual medium. The Doctor has settled on the watery planet of Orbis, having apparently forgotten much of his past - it's been a long time since he last saw his companion Lucie, who, having been deposited back home at the end of the last season by the Time Lords, is now seized and dragged across time and space by recurring nemesis the Headhunter. Meanwhile, the Keltans, friendly jellyfish-like natives of Orbis whom the Doctor lives among, are being threatened by the aggressive Molluscari, led by the hermaphrodite Crassostrea. But how do all these strands weave together...?

On paper, none of this sounds especially promising, and I almost skipped 'Orbis' - I'm glad I didn't. It's a gem - funny and dramatic in equal measure, and bolstered by some terrific performances, both from the regulars and guest stars. Andrew Sachs goes completely over the top as the villainous Crassostrea, and strikes the perfect balance between menace and comedy as the script demands, and it's nice to hear Katarina Olsson reprise her role from previous episodes as the Headhunter. But it's Laura Solon (Perrier Award winner and star of Radio 4's 'Talking And Not Talking') playing the Doctor's faithful friend Selta who really impressed - a very funny, and at times touching, performance.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2009
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first audio in a new season of adventures for the eighth doctor and his companion lucie miller. this resolves the cliffhanger that ended the second. and whilst you could get into it relatively easily without having heard that it's probably better to follow this in order as certain things will make better sense otherwise.

this story is complete on a single disc and has two episodes each of twenty five minutes duration.

the story follows on from the end of the previous season in that it sees lucie and a certain former enemy head off to find the doctor. the latter is on a rather strange planet, and some aliens have designs on the place.

the first episode flits back and forth between lucie the doctor and the aliens. the former scenes come to life the most thanks to some excellent dialogue. only in the last few minutes of the episode when lucie and the doctor are reunited does it really click, thanks to a surprising cliffhanger that will put you through as many emotions as lucie goes through.

this is like the first story for a new doctor on tv as he's not quite himself and takes a while to get together again. and they've added a story to go with it.

things do come together well in the second episode as the alien threat and a certain other problem with the planet combine to leave the three main characters facing some hard choices. all of which leads to an emotional ending you may not forget in a hurry.

do listen to the very end of the closing credits as there's a scene there.

and to the end of the disc for a trailer for the next in the season.

this is not a classic release and it does take a while to get going but it's solidly enjoyable and does what it needs to. and this particular doctor companion team have a great chemistry together so it's great to have them back
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