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Reviewed By: kiwifluffyReview Date: 9/21/16 1:17 am
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This story surprised me. As a direct follow up to The Robots of Death, I thought I knew exactly where the story was going to go. Instead, I found a brilliant tale and one that I might use if I want to convert people to Big Finish in the future. While I guessed the plot twist quite early on- I believe the novel Corpse Marker may have something similar- it was well written and kept me second-guessing myself quite often.

I came to Robophobia having already listened to Dark Eyes, and therefore already familiar with the character of Liv Chenka. I hadn't been her biggest fan in Dark Eyes, and was shocked by how much I enjoyed her in this story. Essentially serving as the 7th Doctors' companion, Liv gets a real opportunity to show her intelligence, something I think had to be understated in Dark Eyes with characters such as Sally Armstrong around to steal the limelight.

Overall, this one is in many ways an excellent introduction to Big Finish- a standalone release which may not push the boundaries as much as some, but still gets to showcase the quality of their releases as well as introducing an original companion.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/13/16 9:57 am
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A good concept where the Doctor is viewed as a monster by a race he stopped long ago and is playing up to the reputation for his own reasons, but he finds the aliens have strange goings on for which the Sandman is being blamed.

Overall, this is a very fun story. Evelyn is the perfect companion for the Sixth Doctor in this story where he’s trying to be an over the top menace. There are some clever ideas here. I particularly like the idea of the Doctor’s multi-colored coat actually being a weapon.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 9/9/16 9:15 am
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The Emerald Tiger contains three of the best cliff hanger ending of any Doctor Who story. There is great acting and a very solid story that the listener gets dragged into.

The supporting cast work very well with strong characters that are born out of the ear of the British Raj, a time and place well established in the story.

What begins as a journey to see a test match becomes a chase across Calcutta and India leading to an ancient alien tragedy that could bring about the end of the world. At the centre of this maelstrom is the emerald tiger whose bond with Nyssa adds a layer to the story telling.

Its only flaw was the lack of effective background sounds. Often the actors spoke with no sound in the background of the busy streets, racing train or jungle beasts. This left it feeling a little hollow, but did not undermine the quality of the story nor its replay value.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/5/16 7:07 pm
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The best thing this story has going for it is it's music. The story begins with a cute opening that set up a remixed theme. Both the opening and closing themes are worth a listen, but that's about all that's worth a listen in this release.

In many ways, the story represents a step back from the end of Colditz which saw Ace choose to start going by her last name, "McShane," which signaled a growing up which is not realized at all in this story unless you consider going out and getting stupid drunk with a bunch of unlikable strangers. The story takes on a soap operatic feel as she meets her long lost brother that she never knew existed. The Doctor pscyhoanalyzes the villain and is at his most shouty and unconvincing. The material brings out the least likable aspects of this duo.

At the same time, most of the other acting is weak or over the top. The reflections on religion are weak and often feel random. Other than the music, there's nothing to commend this story.

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