Reviewed By: traves8853
Review 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.