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on 22 December 2009
'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.

Although it would certainly help if the listener was familiar with previous events in the Doctor and Lucie's travels, and in particular those of the Season Two finale 'The Vengeance of Morbius', there's nothing here that should be a problem for anyone wanting to use 'Orbis' as a jumping-on point for this series with little or no prior knowledge of what went before. At roughly an hour long (split into two half-hour episodes), this doesn't outstay its welcome, and really whets the appetite for a new series of adventures for Paul McGann's Doctor. In fact, it's unquestionably one of the highlights of his tenure so far.
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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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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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on 2 December 2011
"Don't you want to break the laws of time, bring back Orbis and live out the rest of your life with a jellyfish?" Lucie Miller to the Doctor in the next episode, Hothouse Hothouse (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures)

This is the story which we get the back story on why Lucie was soooo upset with the Doctor. A superb story for a superb duo in Lucie "Bleeding" Miller and our Romantic Vagabond Doctor after the tissue fest of the end of Vengance of Morbius - I cheered loudly when I heard Orbis for the first time. Vengeance of Morbius (Doctor Who)

So the episode starts with the Headhunter (Katarina Olsson) coming to Lucie's door 6 months after the tissue fest and meet some quantum tipped time bullets right on her doorstep and the Headhunter claiming to Lucie the TARDIS was sick and missing the Doctor and with some good news. So we hear how badly the Headhunter pilots the Doctor's "Old Girl" to a strange and watery world of Orbis. Lucie ends up in the ocean and her tights get washed up to help the Doctor with repairing his craft (which by now readers will gather is NOT the TARDIS).

The episode goes through basically a war between territorial rights between the Orbis natives and the Mullescari with their menacing leader Crassacrea. We see a Doctor and his "Sonic Drivescrewer" and Lucie meet after the Doctor has been exiled on Orbis for 600 years. It is a really really good story and brings out the emotional aspects of Lucie meeting her long lost friend and the Doctor's memories going, quite a sad undertone between a great partnership.

If you want to listen to this, I'd recommend to listen also to Sisters of the Flame and Vengance of Morbius or else you'd be a tad lost and bewildered to the storyline.
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VINE VOICEon 6 April 2009
Back for another series are Lucie Miller (Susan Sheridan) and the Doctor (Paul McGann). Following on from the coda to the last series the adventure starts with the Headhunter shooting Lucie who is back in Blackpool having seen the Doctor fall apparently to his death when defeating Morbius.

The writers go to town on this episode and layer several plot twists one over the other including an excellent moment at the mid point which can't be revealed for spoiler reasons.

Unlike the first two series the format has gone to two episodes back to back instead of a long episode - whether it is that or not but the story seems packed with plot / character and twist.

Apart from Lucie gets back together with the Doctor, there is also a story line for the Orbis tentacled amphibians defending their planet from the mollusc like invaders. This becomes the only weak element of the story as the resolution to the invasion of the molluscs is somewhat brutal.

The writers have also maanged to re-invigorate the relationship between Lucie and the Doctor which I hope they can sustain.

Finally listen to the end for the opening of an story arc - something the first Lucie adventures also had, not the second.

This is thoroughly recommended
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on 31 May 2013
Its Okay.... but does not really capture your mind, just witters on! could do with a few more clever bits!
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