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Orbis - I came halfway across the galaxy only to get blown out by a jellyfish?,
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This review is from: Orbis (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
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.