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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/26/16 9:01 pm
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The Doctor does something unusual and drops Helen and Liv off in separate time zones as he goes off on his own adventure in Tudor England, Helen in Medieval Prague, and Helen in modern Rome. I was nervous when I realized the set up for the story as I feared it would become a mess.

It doesn't, each adventure plays out on its own and manages to keep up at a solid pace. This story ends on a cliffhanger and is probably the least self-contacted Eight Doctor disc since the original Dark Eyes. The story has a good deal of mystery surrounding this Doomsday clock, and we have some interesting characters show up including River Song disguised as a nun and Thomas Cromwell.

This installment is an episode where the scope of the entire Doom Coalition series becomes apparent, as another piece of that coalition comes into view and we get a hint at the Eleven's past. The acting is fine and the story keeps you guessing as to what exactly is going on, particularly what River's doing.

The only big negative is that Helen's "Adventure" is quite sedate compared to what's going on with the Doctor and Liv, but the closing triple cliffhanger shows her life's about to get a lot more interesting.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/26/16 8:53 pm
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The Doctor, Liv, and Helen find themselves in an English village in the 1990s where mobile Phones are just being introduced and all the residents have gotten free phones in exchange for tolerating the towers.

Helen goes to visit her brother that she left behind while everyone else is getting strange phone calls...from people purporting to be dead loved ones.

This is a very emotional story that puts both companions through their paces. Liv, in the last three box sets, has become a funny and wise cracking companion. Here, she confronts one of her major regrets and we get to know her more. Helen's situation shows why Companions shouldn't seek out their families in the future with harsh consequences.

Other than, the plot is surprising in a number of ways in which departs from typical Doctor Who expectations and does it quite well. What we expect we don't get. Instead, we're given a roller coaster emotional story that sets the stage for the rest of the box set.
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Reviewed By: Adan FlyberReview Date: 7/7/16 4:17 am
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The Cannibalists is a very good, entertaining story. Jonathan Morris wrote endearing characters : Servo (whose name, I suppose, is a pun on the french "cerveau", meaning brain) and the Assemblers. We have very good concepts, and funny moments, from hexadecimal poetry to "bits sticking out". The idea of a robot world, where robots try to create a civilization, may not be that original after decades of science-fiction, but the way it is presented (with both horror and "why so serious ?"), it works quite well.

Still, this story suffer from flaws that slightly ruined my listening experience. First, the sound design, which made it sometimes a bit hard to "visualise". Even if I usually listen to audios while walking in my town, and therefore can't really close my eyes if I don't want to hit something (or someone), I still visualise audios. For this one, it was hard, especially for the Death Metal gang, and (at the beginning) for Servo, because if we can imagine a face from a human voice, it's way harder with a robot.
The second flaw ruined my listening more : the plot. It was soooooo predictable. When the Doctor, in part 2, says he has a theory while talking about the Heavens' age, we (well, "I") understand immediately that the reset switch has been used countless times before, if we hadn't understood it before (maybe my watching of Heaven Sent made me a best guesser as far as reset button/time loop are concerned). The same goes for Servo not forgetting who he is after the reset. Ever since the first time the Doctor said "but Servo, you will forget !", I was almost yelling "Of course he won't, you forbid her to do it!". Two thing were harder to predict, in my opinion : the switch being Minerva (but when we discover it, it seems obvious) and Titus himself pulling the switch (which I can't really buy, so unpredictable for bad reasons).

But despite these flaws, I still felt entertained, and still liked it. A good story in a good season.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/2/16 8:48 am
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The story features a solid performance from Alex Kingston as River Song, and also really gives Helen a chance to develop as she learns the truth about River Song but is sworn to keep it to secrecy. Overall, the story maintains a great sense of excitement, and of menace with a volcano threatening to blow a world apart and Liv engaged in a giant robot fight with the Eleven.

This is by no means a perfect story. When your primary guest character can't reveal himself to your lead character, it's a challenge. In addition, the Eleven seems to lack of the menace he showed his titular introduction story back in Doom Coalition 1, though he's certainly better than he was in the finale of the previous box set. What the Sonomancer succeeds in doing is telling an exciting tale and teasing what's ahead in future box sets and the magnitude and scope of what's ahead. Overall, not great, but this story did it's job quite well.

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