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199. Last of the Cybermen

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/21/18 5:22 am
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The second Doctor Swap in the locum Doctor trilogy works far better as the Sixth Doctor has been paired with Zoe and Jamie before. It also has some clever elements after a set up that seems like a rehash of Tomb of the Cybermen.

One of the story's strongest saving graces of this story are the Captain and Lanky. They're likable and fun additions. The general chemistry between the Sixth Doctor and his companions (including almost coming to blows with Jamie) is fun to listen to. I also appreciated all of the plot twists in the final act, including some nice time-related ones.

What hurts this story is some forced moments as well as several minutes of characters spouting off references to old stories, the only one that really had any resonance or relevances was Zoe doing a callback to Wheel in Space.

Still, this was a good, if flawed production and a great improvement from the previous story.
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Reviewed By: YorickReview Date: 1/16/16 7:27 am
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Yet another P.G.Wodehouse type character in this story. Give it a rest Big Finish. No one really talks like that now, let alone in the future.

An enjoyable enough story but nothing that really impressed me. Very middle of the road
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/24/15 10:58 am
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The Locum Trilogy is Big Finish's version of 'Quantum Leap', and started with 'The Defectors' which wasn't great, but was kind of amusing at times. In fact, I am sugar coating it. It was so bad it was funny. The next instalment in the trilogy is 'Last of the Cybermen', by Alan Barnes. The second Doctor is spirited away mid escapade and replaced with Colin' Doctor. The whole point of this seems to be to have a Doctor and companion pick and mix. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Sylvester’s Doctor had an adventure with Jo Grant? No, neither had I.

Firstly, the idea of a Cyber-Museum after the end of the Cyber War is kind of intriguing, as is the idea of Sixie with Jamie and Zoe. This is set between 'Space Pirates' and 'The War Games', which makes 'The Two Doctors' place in the timeline confusing as Jamie doesn't recognise the Sixth Doctor. Nigel Frairs did the music for 'Shadow of the Scourge', and 'Nekromanteia' and nothing since unsurprisingly. Yet, he returns to the Big Finish stable with this stories mostly plodding and drum laden music. At the beginning the sound effects for the storm are so loud that the first scene sounds like it's actually outside but Zoe and Jaime are inside the Tardis watching events on the scanner. Wendy Padbury's attempts at sounding like her younger self are almost comical, and then you have 'Lanky' the half converted Cyberman with a Lancashire accent – equally, poorly executed by Nick Briggs. Then there is Captain Frank, who rather oddly, sounds like a Second World War spit fighter pilot.

Secondly, the first episode is abysmal. Zoe not only sounds like a child but speaks like one too. Their first encounter with Lanky they believe him to be a proper Cyberman, who is in distress, and you hear Zoe shouting things like, "Sorry, Mr Cyberman!", has she forgotten the events of wheel already? Then there is the Cyber-Museum shaped like a giant Cyberman's head in order to accommodate some mystery because as the Doctor keeps saying the Cybermen don't do monuments. That isn't suspense, it's just silly. Shortly after, it's explained that Lanky has only had his body converted, hence is Lancashire accent and referring to Zoe as, "“Lass". The Doctor and Jaime, in the meantime, decide to have a punch up.

Thirdly, they get taken back in time in order to defeat the Cybermenace. Not sure that was strictly necessary. The villainess, 'Zennox', wants the human race to be governed by logic and strict scientific principal, so decides to bring the two races together. Of course the inevitable happens and the Cybermen betray her. Her last words are, "That's logical". I am sorry but not only is her character paper thin, and her motivations convoluted but her demise is as cliched as they come.

So to sum up, the accents are anachronistic, the dialogue stilted, it's packed full of over describing and the whole thing is totally lacking any imagination. I haven't heard 'Legend of the Cybermen' but it features the same Doctor, companion combination, plus we have seen Jaime with Colin in 'The Two Doctors', nothing about this is new. The stories don't seem to link up in any meaningful way, it's just a gimmick.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 7/4/15 4:23 pm
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The 6th gets a chance to dance with Jamie and Zoe, there is a reason why the 6th Doctor as been sent, more to do with method that he will deal with the last of the Cybermen, as opposed to his other incarnation. We are quickly involved in the action when the two companions on seeing the "new Doctor" don't too kindly to his arrival, it takes a while for Jamie at least to appreciate that it is the Doctor. By which time we are immersed in a scheme by earth scientist who on the face of it are capturing Cyber technology in order for the preservation for future generations, however nothing could be further from the truth. They say that power corrupts and it certainly does in this adventure. Zennox a scientist from earth is besotted with the idea merging Cyber technology with human kind, Zennox is intent on utilising Zoe intellect to further her course, and, when she couples her to the cybermat to create the ability for a host army of Cyber army so that the beacon can send to 10,000 waiting Cybermen. The Doctor is forced to try and send a message back to the Time Lords, will it all be too late.

This is a wonderful mix up of old and new, and it is also lovely to see the newer Doctor with an older companion, the mix is really rather good. Jamie and Zoe make wonderful additions to No.6's list of assistance. This is a cracking story to boot as well, Alan Barnes as really pulled out all the stops with this release, and it makes for a cracking listen. With this the penultimate release before the Main Range hits 200, this is I feel as raised the bar again for the Main Range releases.