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1.7 - Human Resources: Part 1

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 5/4/19 11:00 pm
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For a part 1 of 2 we get a satisfying amount of closure to Lucie's season arc. After a mysterious appearance and teases of the Headhunter Lucie finally shows up to her 9 to 5 where she was originally intended before the timelords showed up and dumped her on the Doctor. The office is intentionally generic with shallow banter between the coworkers and lots of superficiality and mindless jargon to get through the day's work. The Doctor shows up with a bit more clout and gets to know the management while Lucie is at the bottom rung. Amidst the light-hearted corporate parody is a rapid buildup of unease as more and more of the purpose of the office work is revealed leading to a creative twist about the company and a solid cliffhanger to lead into the finale. This episode more than any other in series 1 of the EDA range nails the pace, structure, and tone of the modern TV series and really feels like a bridge between Classic and NuWho.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/22/17 6:34 pm
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It's tempting to view "Human Resources" as a simply a two-part episode, roughly in the Season 22 format. I think that approach makes sense for "Blood of the Daleks", but the two parts of this story are actually quite distinct. This episode is concerned mainly with establishing it's rather clever and audacious premise. Its main concern, besides laying the groundwork for the next episode, is satire. And what satire!

Eddie Robson has delivered an outstanding script which marvelously captures the shallowness of office interactions. The faux-bonhomie, the terrible jokes, the casual sexism... sure, it owes more than a little to Ricky Gervais, but "Doctor Who" has a long and proud tradition of stealing everyone else's good ideas and twisting them into a "Doctor Who" context. This is a sterling example. It's delightful.

And it never outstays its welcome. This is important, because there's only so much life you can wring out of the basic idea before it becomes tedious. That doesn't happen here. Robson's script deftly balances the satire with gradually building suspense, leading up to the ultimate reveal of the true nature of Hulbert's operation, and saved the final revelation for the cliffhanger. Quite impressively for an episode that really is little more than a lead-in to the next episode, the script keeps the listener thoroughly entertained from beginning to end.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 3/18/15 1:51 pm
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Part One of the two part finale sets up the story extremely well. The plot involves Lucie arriving at her job where nothing is as it seems and the Doctor coming to rescue her. The story is reminiscent of The Invasion with a company controlled by a cold calculating businessman who isn't entirely human. What makes this different from that story is that the Cybermen aren't working with the company but attacking it. The Doctor's reaction to the Cybermen's reveal is great. The cast is on top form bringing the office setting to life with a PA announcing things every so often. This story also grows in enjoyment because it really feels like a complete story like Frontier in Space was.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/11/15 10:54 am
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Lucie Miller awakes to find herself with the Head Hunter in an office and she starts to think her Adventures with the Doctor were just a dream. Meanwhile, the Doctor is sent by the Time Lords with a time ring to find her. While the office uses lots of language and style that will be familiar anyone who worked in an office (or who never bothered to get a job but watched office-related shows on television), but the purpose of the office was far different.

In some ways, the story line calls to mind the Second Doctor's final story, "War Games" with a different twist. It's a great concept that's well realized. And when the Doctor tries to stop it, that's when things get really bad...