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|Repeating the past success
|Clive T Wright, St Lawrence, United Kingdom
|Saturday 6 August 2011
A good murder plot with the 7th Doctor in his favourite spot, mixing things up behind the scenes. If felt a little strange not having a companion and lacked some atmosphere at times, too easy to work out who dun it and relying too much on the fact that the robots where back.
Negatives aside, the doctor is strong, a good cast and whilst not a great story its a solid enjoyable one.
|Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
|Wednesday 12 June 2013
I was always thinking that the Voc Roots would be a villain that wouldn't gel with the seventh Doctor, for some reason, but I was glad to be proved so wrong by this brilliant follow on from The Robots of Death, which for me wasn't as good as everyone else says it was, but Robophobia is a brilliant story from start to finish. It takes a neat little twist with the Voc Robots, and the human participants are all colourful and somewhat devious. And add to that the ever brilliant Sylv McCoy and you have a brilliant story. Touch of horror, touch of romance, touch of plain good old sci fi whodunit which outclasses the original in every respect. Or at least it does in my opinion. I also feel too that Sylvester McCoy is the only Doctor who really works well without a companion around him. He's got such a brilliant whimsical but also a streak of ruthlessness and a manipulative side. And this makes for great drama. Nick Briggs has done it again, written a corker of a story!
|David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
|Tuesday 24 January 2017
Nick Briggs has done well with his sequel to The Robots of Death. He has kept some basic elements and added an interesting twist. Doctor 7, sans companion, has decided to take a look at what, if any, lessons have been learned from the events on the sand miner. It's a few months later and the Doctor has made contact with a Kaldor City agent working undercover on a space freighter shipping thousands of robots. The government hushed up the sand miner affair, but the agent has uncovered some of the details and believes that something related to it will happen on this freighter. He is killed before this knowledge gets passed on and it seems like deja-vu all over again, but the Doctor is not at all convinced that this is what is happening.
The story is typical late-period Doctor 7, with the Doctor plotting and scheming, pushing people around through suggestive questions and comments and revealing very little of what he knows. The story is pacey, and the acting is effective.
I reserve full marks mostly because of some dodgy psychology near the end of the story. In total, though, this is quite an entertaining adventure.