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Bit of a disappointment really. (Putting it mildly).
on 7 October 2009
I nearly always enjoy these Big Finish productions, but this one was a let-down,
Silly, annoying, shouty voices that were meant to be the cannibalist robots, but just sounded like raucous humans with, well... silly shouty loud voices, shouting every time they spoke. Intensely irritating to listen to, and made part one into an endurance test.
Part two was marginally better, because at least by then, some kind of story had started to form. Unfortunately though, all the robots still sounded too human. If they'd sounded more mechanical and, well, robotic, the story would have been greatly improved and been far more interesting to listen to. - And certainly easier on the ears!
I wasn't too keen on another story in this series either, - The Scapegoat. I usually enjoy the 8th Doctor's stories, but not these two. I'm not keen on Lucie Miller, the companion, either, I find her altogether too mouthy and irritating to listen to. Her voice can get really annoying and grating. I much prefer Charlie (Charotte) Pollard, and one can only hope that as she finishes her term with the 6th Doctor, we may get her back with the 8th. They made a great team. (But then she does with the 6th Doctor also).
So, a major let-down for the first part of this story, only just saved by the 2nd part, which just prevented the whole thing being written off as a dismal failure. Sorry. Such a shame, I had been looking forward to hearing The Cannibalists after reading good reviews for it, but it's not to my taste at all. It's hard to imagine how anyone could enjoy settling down to listen to loud, angry, bellowing, rough, raucous voices, but there you go, it takes all sorts I guess! - And quite why it was decided that the cannibalist robots' awful shouty voices all had to have Cockney accents is anyone's guess.....