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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/31/18 5:45 am
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The Doctor and Jo land on a planet that has seen far better days but is now almost completely abandoned after the great Cyberwar.

The first full cast meeting between the Third Doctor and the Cybermen doesn't disapoint. It's easily the best Cybermen story Big Finish put out in well more than a decade. The story includes a few innovations to the Cybermen. I love the idea of the Cyberfog that infects people's minds and prepares them for cyber control. It adds a new layer to the terror of the Cybermen.

At the same time, the story is far from just a tale about Cyerbmen. The characters are all interesting and likable, particularly the musician whose body contains multiple musical intrustments. The Doctor and Jo have some good moments, with this being a particularly good story for Jo Grant.

The script is very smartly written. It takes time at the beginning to immerse us in the world and help us know the characters and in the final episode, the story appears to be going one familiar direction and takes a completely different turn. Overall, a delight. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a Big Finish release this much.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 5/30/18 2:48 am
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Marc Platt is perhaps the best writer of cyberman stories. He understands exactly what makes them scary.
It isn't their goose stepping power or their numbers or even their cold logic. What makes them scary is how far they will go to survive. What makes them truly scary is that situations may arise where we could want to become them. He showed this in Spare Parts and again in the Silver Turk. He does it again here.

There are a lot of characters and plot ideas present in this story, but in the background is the dark history of the cyber wars and some of its survivors who will do whatever it takes to survive.

The Doctor and Jo are well written and well performed. The cybermen are present, but not in an "in your face" way.

A good follower to the similarly themed Rise of the New Humans.
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Reviewed By: CriticReview Date: 3/29/18 10:38 am
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You know what really pisses me off. This site has 750 members and only 2 people can be bothered to make a review this week. This is absolutely disgraceful. What is the point if these people can't even be bothered to rate this.