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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/26/19 5:58 pm
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I listened to the CD version and haven't watched the animation. That said, this works as a really good CD release that actually the same link as some main range stories. The extras are great including an interview from Colin aker that was during the recording of Jubilee.

I think it worked a pretty decent Cyberman story. It's true that the Cybermen were acting a bit out of character throughout this, but there are some very good reasons for that.

The story also gave some great lines and moments to Maggie Stables as Evelyn. The early parts really showcase her quite nicely and if I hadn't already listened to everything else she was in, this would make me more interested. The acting is generally solid, and there are some very good twists.

The release is hurt by some of its writing decisions. Some of the characters revert to tired tropes, and then you have the ending which ultimately leaves the story unresolved. Writer Gary Russell he did this in hopes of getting the BBC to do a sequel. The better approach would be to tell a good story that leaves room for a sequel rather than requires one. Still, I found this a fair listen.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 6/29/17 12:06 am
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If it wasn't for the unresolved ending, I don't think this story would be very well-remembered. It's pretty forgettable. There are some good ideas scattered throughout the story, but it doesn't really amount to much. The story is also padded out with self-important speeches about what it means to be human. These are mostly just pale retreads of better speeches from better Cyberman stories, and they don't really add anything to this story. Stripped of the novelty value of the animation, the remainder is rather flat and dull.
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 12/2/14 9:41 am
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A fast-paced, exciting story which thankfully presents the Cybermen as genuinely threatening. Here they are a desperate, ruthless and dangerous few who will do anything to survive. Performance-wise, Maggie Stables and Colin Baker make a superb team; smart, funny and warm. Unfortunately the other performers range from effective to wooden. Also some of the violence and 'gore' goes a little too far in my opinion. I doubt even Eric Saward would have been allowed a head-squishing scene in his day! But there are some great ideas here such as Godard's secret and the whole thing ends with a wonderfully nasty sting in the tail. Alas, one which has never (and I imagine now never will be) followed up on.
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Reviewed By: SprocketshipReview Date: 10/1/12 4:01 am
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This adventure is a freebie that can still be seen in the Classic Series side of the BBC's DR WHO site. Originally, it could be listened to as a stand alone audio adventure or watched with some very basic flash animation. The program could be viewed with Real Player, hence the name REAL TIME.

Over all, this story has some wonderful moments and some a haunting reveal about the future of the Doctor's companion. But, I honestly believe the script was written to be enjoyed with the animations, because there is just a little too much visual referencing that doesn't seem adequately explained for an "audio only" adventure.

Sadly, Yee Jee Tso is not a voice actor and his performances are frequently flat. colin Baker and Mggie Stables are, of course, excellent. Unfortunately, the supporting cast is about as emotive and engaging as a platoon of Cybermen.

Go watch this online while the files are still available. It's the best way to enjoy this adventure.