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Reviewed By: kiwifluffyReview Date: 7/1/17 7:03 am
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Nothing special. The story drags on slightly in the middle sections and the "social commentary" is a bit heavy-handed at times, but there aren't really any major problems withthe story.
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Reviewed By: kiwifluffyReview Date: 7/1/17 7:00 am
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This story has an impossible job, coming after the brilliance which is Dark Eyes- that series raised expectations for the 8th Doctor to an absurd level. As such, the story- while an excellent one- still feels like a step back.
It's an entertaining adventure which manages to hit all the criteria for a Gallifrey story- various artefacts of Rassilon, a highly inappropriate person assuming the presidency, obscure references to Gallifreyan law and some clear references to the events of Big Finish's Gallifrey series. The Eleven is an interesting take on an overused horror story trope with clear potential, particularly from the contrast between his different selves.
Despite this, the story never really manages the same level of tension that Dark Eyes did. While it is nice to see Liv as a far less morose individual actually enjoying her travels, this story fails to give her an enormous amount to do- a tragedy, as like the other companions Eight has been travelling with recently, she is incredibly competent and deserves her chance to shine. Most of the story is everyone reacting to the actions of the Eleven as he remains perpetually three steps ahead. Overall, while a good story that sets up a villain with an enormous amount of potential, the story is nowhere near as strong as Dark Eyes and lacks the established cast and strength of character that Gallifrey does (a series which this episode has a great deal in common with).
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Reviewed By: kiwifluffyReview Date: 9/21/16 5:17 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: kiwifluffyReview Date: 9/10/15 8:07 am
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This wasn't a range I had really been able to get into. Until this point, while I enjoyed the stories, I felt as if the range was a bit of a let down.

And then I listened to Just War.

I speak for myself and for my friends from school that I forced this on when I say that this is by far the strongest story in series one. It does what Doctor Who fails to do so often, in that it takes a character and puts them through absolute hell. The danger is real, and unlike TV there's no guarantee that the characters are actually going to get through it in one piece. Bowerman gives an outstanding performance as Benny is tortured by the Nazis, while all the other characters are well developed.

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