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3.3 - The Beast of Orlok

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Reviewed By: XxDachshundxX Review Date: 3/16/19 6:36 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

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.
8/10
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 4/2/15 4:04 pm
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Well this one was interesting, slightly confusing, but interesting. Barnaby Edwards wrote this story and Big Finish pulled together one of the most impressive casts into this hour long story. Peter Guinness's Baron Teufel has one of those voices perfect for audio and is a great villain. Miriam Margolyes' motherly Frau Tod one ups the villain however with her little quirks with her two kids Hansel and Gretel...I mean Hans and Greta. Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith both can't get enough of the amazing script.

Sadly the biggest problem with the script is the first half is really like Marc Platt's Loups-Garoux. It never gets to rip off territory, but the theme and villain is very similar. There is also a pretty good twist near the end and the story is kind of confusing if you aren't paying complete attention.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/13/15 9:43 am
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This story has the Doctor and Lucie landing in 19th Century Germany where a mysterious beast of Orlok appears to have returned and killed several people. Of course, the local burgermeister arrests the Doctor and Lucie, as well as their new friend Hans but quickly the Doctor is on the trail of the truth.

This story has so much going for it. It's got a very atmospheric setting with some great sound design. The script is solid and allows humor, along with action, and some good emotional moments as well as taking on German myths like Hansel and Gretel. The guest cast is amazing and Miriam Margolyes turns in a show-stealing performance as Frau Todd. Sheridan Smith is Lucie Miller in all her glory.

There was a couple weird things that threw me off, such as the inconsistent translation by the TARDIS which while translating most of the speech of the locals struggled with "Black Forest." But overall, this is a very solid story for the Doctor and Lucie.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 5/22/13 10:42 am
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Very atmospheric and well-written horror story. There is a fair bit of misdirection going on, which keeps everyone on their toes. A great stand-alone adventure for the Eighth Doctor and Lucie.