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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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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/31/16 10:13 pm
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This is one of Marc Platt's best stories for Big Finish as the Doctor, Liv, and Helen arrive in 1906 in San Francisco just before the quake with the Doctor stumbling off mysteriously and an old cowboy shouting warnings of judgment and a theater owner being offered unimaginable riches.

This is a wonderfully rich script with some very well-drawn characters, and a great sense of authenticity. The story is very neatly researched. The mystery of the gift and its threat really draws the listener in. McGann is a delight to listen to and this is one of his most engaged performances as really gets into this. It's a great set up for the finale.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/27/16 11:15 pm
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The Doctor, Liv, and Helen arrive on a TARDIS that’s stopped in the middle of the Vortex where strange experiments are going on. This is very cleverly written with a great sense of mystery as to who these characters are and what they’re doing, and helped by some very solid guest performers. The story twists towards the end with a very surprising reveal. It serves to amp up the tension for the rest of the box set.

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