Yes. An (forgive me) excellent assortment of 80s Doctor, 80s Cybermen, an 80s writer and Jamie Anderson directing. This ought to be splendid.
I'm loving the Cyber-performances here. It's almost like, for them, talking takes just that little bit more effort than it does for us unconverted. The line about human frailties and weakness has a great "I've never experienced it, but you should know, surely?" quality to it. Like a bug-hunter studying one of his insects in the terrarium. It'll be very interesting to see what Andrew Smith does with these.
I have only listened to Part One so far, but here are a few thoughts. I really like this trilogy featuring the 'new' UNIT so far. In fact, I'd say this rather untrusting, brutal bunch are my favourite current version of the organisation, and possibly the most persuasively realised to my ears. I also liked Steve Foxon's musical echoes to Malcolm Clarke's 80's scores, Andrew Smith's script crackles at a good pace and there is a definite thrill hearing the cliffhanger.
But most frightening of all, as I am listening to this ...
A beautiful Cybermen classic - quite an early birthday present from Big Finish! Andrew Smith has totally nailed it in his script, along with the brilliant directing by Jamie Anderson (son of Gerry). Even the voice acting of the 80s Cybermen captured the spirit of their televised appearances too. Well done to all involved, well done!
By the way, I've noticed that the Subscribers PDF script only consists of Parts 1 and 2. Not sure if that's an error.
This was an absolute blast, and a timely one as well with the UK's current heatwave. It is so good to have Banks and Hardy back as THE Cybermen (at least, the Cybermen from 'my' era). The Cyberleader's broadcast to the world was a highlight - he still has an 'excellent' voice, and age seems to have added another level of menace to it. It would have been great just to hear these two return - an hopefully, they'll do more Big Finish - but luckily, Andrew Smith's story is a belter too. My favourite since the Helliax Rift, actually, which seems to indicate the current UNIT 'trilogy' has hit the spot with me. On that note, it's good to have arcs spread out across the releases, that set up a new environment for The Doctor, and the opportunity to bring in new 'regular' characters with whom nasty surprising and shocking things can be done.
A wonderful release. The monthly range is on great form at the moment.
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