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I bought this one purely off the absolutely incredible, atmospheric cover art. I thought the image of a beautiful castle surrounded by massive trees was such amazing imagery that I decided to buy it.
The Beast of Orlok is an interesting tale that reminds me a lot of the Fourth Doctor Adventures. The Doctor and companion are thrown into gothic scenario, are accused of being killers, convince a rebellious young person to help them, discover a beast from legend and then find it has a sci-fi twist. To be honest, even though it reminds me so much of 4DA, it works best here as an 8DA.
It's a very good story. The characters are written very, very well. The actors are amazing, standout being the stunning Miriam Margolyes as Frau Tod. The sound design and music gives us an amazing atmosphere that is very unique. I love the concept of the Golems and the backstory with Hans and Greta. The Doctor and Lucie are delightful, and are rising to being my favourite duo.
Yet this story has a few problems. It is extremely fast paced and there's no padding whatsoever. I feel like it needed at least another two episodes for the story to be fleshed out properly. It's so quick and condensed that it gives the feeling of 'is that it?' When I heard the theme sting of the cliffhanger of the first episode, I frowned and didn't believe I was halfway through the story. Another problem with the story is that the Golems don't appear enough and the revelation of what they are is not allowed to come smoothly, instead, its a quick info dump at the end that begs to be fleshed out. Also, its a bit hard to keep track of what's happening in places because its so fast.
Still, its a really good story and I recommend it to any fan of gothic stories, or even if you like the cover art.