Stories:
2552
Members:
750
Submitted Reviews:
6389
Reviewers:
295
< The Krillitane Storm
The Runaway Train >

Ring of Steel

Rating Votes
10
4%
1
9
0%
0
8
8%
2
7
20%
5
6
32%
8
5
16%
4
4
16%
4
3
0%
0
2
0%
0
1
4%
1
Average Rating
5.8
Votes
25
Writer:

Purchase From:

Latest Community Reviews

From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
6
Plot Rating:
5
Acting Rating:
6
Replay Rating:
6
Effects Rating:
6
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/23/16 7:01 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Ring of Steel is a standard Doctor Who “trouble at a power plant” story with ecological undertones that’s set in Orkney. Overall, it’s an okay story with a convenient alien villain who lets our heroes survive long enough to reveal their plan because they feel obligated to do so because...reasons. A very exciting conclusion makes up for the more lackluster portions of the novel. This is okay, but no means a stand out story.
From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
6
Plot Rating:
NR
Acting Rating:
NR
Replay Rating:
NR
Effects Rating:
NR
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 8/16/14 1:43 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Ring of Steel is a fairly straightforward Doctor-saves-the-Earth-from-alien-take-over-story. The premise of electricity pylons coming to life is probably a little over the top, but in this setting it kind of works. Plus, I always like it when Doctor Who writers pick out something everyday and try and make it scary or dangerous, so I just went with it.
The explanation as to why the baddies had the Doctor brought directly to their secret base of operations wasn't very convincing. It just felt like they had to speed up procedings, because there were only about 75 minutes available to tell this tale, so some of the finding-things-out part of the story had to go.
The music was a little overpowering in places, but on the whole the sound design was quite good. We get some lovely details like the crackling of electricity and the baddies speak with a slightly modulated voice.
It is a bit weird to have one of the regulars narrate when his character isn't actually in this particular adventure. That said, Arthur Darvill is quite a good reader. Occasionally his way of emphasising. Every. Single. Word. works slightly against the flow of the story, but overall he is very engaging to listen to. He has got a great array of different accents and voices, so it's very easy to tell all the characters apart and to get fully immersed in the adventure.
The Ring of Steel isn't the most original of Doctor Who releases, but as a straight-forward little excursion to the Orkney islands it is quite entertaining.