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The Cannibalists is a very good, entertaining story. Jonathan Morris wrote endearing characters : Servo (whose name, I suppose, is a pun on the french "cerveau", meaning brain) and the Assemblers. We have very good concepts, and funny moments, from hexadecimal poetry to "bits sticking out". The idea of a robot world, where robots try to create a civilization, may not be that original after decades of science-fiction, but the way it is presented (with both horror and "why so serious ?"), it works quite well.
Still, this story suffer from flaws that slightly ruined my listening experience. First, the sound design, which made it sometimes a bit hard to "visualise". Even if I usually listen to audios while walking in my town, and therefore can't really close my eyes if I don't want to hit something (or someone), I still visualise audios. For this one, it was hard, especially for the Death Metal gang, and (at the beginning) for Servo, because if we can imagine a face from a human voice, it's way harder with a robot.
The second flaw ruined my listening more : the plot. It was soooooo predictable. When the Doctor, in part 2, says he has a theory while talking about the Heavens' age, we (well, "I") understand immediately that the reset switch has been used countless times before, if we hadn't understood it before (maybe my watching of Heaven Sent made me a best guesser as far as reset button/time loop are concerned). The same goes for Servo not forgetting who he is after the reset. Ever since the first time the Doctor said "but Servo, you will forget !", I was almost yelling "Of course he won't, you forbid her to do it!". Two thing were harder to predict, in my opinion : the switch being Minerva (but when we discover it, it seems obvious) and Titus himself pulling the switch (which I can't really buy, so unpredictable for bad reasons).
But despite these flaws, I still felt entertained, and still liked it. A good story in a good season.