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3.3 - The Beast of Orlok

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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
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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.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 11/19/12 11:14 pm
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Barnaby Edwards has done a great job here. To start with, the story is about fish* but then it turns out it was really about penguins* except that its not that, its about cheese* and really turns out to be an albatross* and even that doesn't make sense until the last five minutes of the story.

The atmosphere was great as well. I almost expected Peter Stubbe to be out there in the Black Forest, though that would have confirmed the story was about fish.


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* The fish, penguins and so on mentioned above range from werewolves to aliens in no particular order. The point is Barnaby keeps teasing us with clues for one idea, only to move on to another as that we are as much in the dark as the Doctor and Lucie are.