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17. Sword of Orion

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/21/18 1:08 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This story features 8 and Charley aboard a 'star destroyer' caught up in the fringes of the Orion War and then facing Cybermen who are reactivated having been dormant aboard the starship.

This is a very unexceptional story which seems to aim at recreating a version of Cybermen stories of the past but firstly it is just not an enthralling plot and secondly it is not executed with the style and magic of the better Cybermen stories. It just plods along in a predictable way without anything providing special interest.

On the other hand it also does not have anything that makes it awful it is just mediocre.

Overall: 6.5/10
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Reviewed By: Evan257Review Date: 2/21/18 9:35 pm
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Absolutely terrible. A predictable plot, terrible pace, ear-grating soundtrack and a bunch of half-baked characters to suffer with for two hours. Move onto Stones of Venice as fast as possible.
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Reviewed By: NewWorldreviewsReview Date: 8/28/17 9:21 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Sword Of Orion is, sadly, a bit of a step-down in this first McGann 'series'. Sure, it's classic Who and trad sci-fi through and through, but it sadly feels a bit too 'by-the-numbers', and also suffers from having no real 'likeable' characters, so it just ends up feeling a little flat and bland.

Sure, the set up is decent: a derelict star destroyer, floating in space, contains an army of Cybermen, who start waking up when a salvage crew decide to take it in from scrap. However, after a while, you just get the feeling that the story is just plodding through the motions, rather than actually trying to be interesting and different. That's not to say it isn't enjoyable: on a 'switch-your-brain-off' level, it's decent. But the only novelty to be found here is that this is the newly formed TARDIS team of the Eighth Doctor and Charley, and their interactions are still quite fresh. However, they aren't really given an awful lot to do that is different: mostly just standard Doctor/companion stuff. And the guest characters are so flat and dull that it can be hard to tell them apart. They're so intensely unlikable that it becomes hard to feel any empathy for them when they die. I get the point that Briggs is trying to make, but it becomes a bit of a problem when there's no one the listener can empathise with.

Sword Of Orion isn't bad, per say, but it's not amazing either. For Big Finish's first Cyberman story and their second Paul McGann story, this is alright, but it could be a hell of a lot better.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 4/23/17 3:01 am
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A competent, effective, but unremarkable story. The characters are colorful but lacking in depth. The story is well-plotted but a little too straightforward. There's nothing particularly wrong with any of it, but it's a bit too by-the-numbers for me. Two things that do work very well are the atmosphere and the backstory. The claustrophobic atmosphere is very effective. The backstory is, if anything, more interesting than the main story, and it is subsequently explored in the Cyberman series.