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Doctor Who: Sword of Orion (Big Finish Doctor Who Audio Dramas #17)

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  385 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
The human race is locked in deadly combat with the 'Android Hordes' in the Orion System. Light years from the front line, the Doctor and Charley arrive to sample the dubious delights of a galactic backwater, little suspecting that the consequences of the Orion War might reach them there. But High Command's lust for victory knows no bounds.

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Published February 2001 by Big Finish Productions Ltd
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Nicholas Whyte
seems to be much loved by fans, but I really couldn't get into it. The voices of the two female guest actors were so similar that it was a while before I worked out that they were different characters, and then of course one of them turns out to be a cute robot. (I hate cute robots.) The surprise is that it turns out to be a Second Doctor Cyberman story (Wheel in Space, I think, though I haven't seen/heard it) reheated. I recently decided (after re-watching Earthshock in particular) that No Cybe ...more
Apr 13, 2016 David rated it really liked it
Good fun with Cybermen in Space!
Aug 20, 2012 Drew rated it liked it
The picture on the cover tells you that Cybermen are involved, but it takes quite awhile before the Cybermen show up. Until that point there's a plot involving the TARDIS getting accidentally loaded onto a salvage ship, and some smugglers going after a derelict space ship, and the TARDIS ending up on the derelict, I think because the salvage ship slammed on the brakes too hard. Or something.

This is one of those stories where you have to be paying close attention to figure out where the characte
Jul 08, 2013 Jeffrey rated it liked it
The Doctor and Charley find themselves aboard a salvage ship attempting to recover an abandoned destroyer. But when the crew discovers that the ship's original owners, the Cybermen, haven't actually abandoned ship, everyone is in danger.

This episode is an interesting melange of classic and new Who. It fits both in the Patrick Troughton era and arguably ties in well to Matt Smith's most recent outing by Neil Gaiman.

That said, while the Cybermen are generally well handled, the cover again spoils
Jan 24, 2014 Mel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book
I'm 50% done with Doctor Who: Half way through and I'm really liking this. There's a definite feel to the aliens universe here with the salvage team and corporations and all kinds of subterfuge going on. Having listened to later Charley lately it's nice to go back to hearing her so young and shocked by everything. Her interactions with the doctor are great. Paul McGann is lovely as always!

The 2nd half was really good. There was still plenty of intrigue and while some audios tend to disappear int
Devin Harvey
Aug 25, 2013 Devin Harvey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: big-finish
As you can see from the cover, the Cybermen are involved, but they don't really show up until the end of the second part/third part. It still is a wonderful audio adventure. It is very creepy and the setting is an amazing setting for a cybermen story. It's hard to really explain much, but one notable thing is that there is a very interesting side-story about Android wars, which I hope some day Big Finish gets too. But otherwise this is a fantastically eerie audio and I would greatly recommend it ...more
Dec 20, 2016 Taksya rated it really liked it
Seconda avventura per Charley e l'ottavo Dottore.
Situazione tipica e già vista molte volte, non solo nell'universo del Dottore.
Nave abbandonata, gruppo di avventurieri a caccia di un colpo facile e, all'interno del relitto, un pericolo mortale... che viene ampiamente spoilerato dalla copertina dell'audio.
Cybermen talosiani redivivi, meno inquietanti in audio di quanto non siano dal vivo. Storia prevedibile, dopo le premesse, ma godibile.
Aug 30, 2014 Steven rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who, plays, british
The Doctor and Charley intend to return Ramsay the vortisaur to the Time Vortex, but there's a slight problem; he seems to have fallen ill, perhaps from spending too much time outside his natural environment. Whatever the cause, he's too weak to be moved, and the shock of returning to the Vortex in this state could kill him. The Doctor needs answers—and fortunately, he knows just where to find them...
Christopher Buchanan
Pretty good one. I love when Big Finish takes on adventures out in open space. Always something the T.V. show seems to have trouble with given the budget for such things and all. Anyway, this is a nice old-fashioned deep space adventure. It gets kinda Star Wars-y at times but in a good way. Very nice soundscape. The story is okay but you can see the surprise reveal about 10 light-years out. Pretty good. A weak 4 star rating, but 4 none-the-less.
Jun 06, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
The Doctor and Charley after some complications end up on an abandoned spaceship, that is being salvaged by another one. Only problem is the abandoned spaceship has cybermen on board. This story does take a while to get going, and the cybermen are only really running the plot in the last episode. The characters are intriguing and I like the premise of the Androids of Orion. A good listen.
Sara Habein
Sep 01, 2013 Sara Habein rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
My first foray into Doctor Who audio dramas. Accidentally listened to this one before I listened to #16, but that's all right. This was pretty good -- I don't know how it compares to the others yet, but I enjoyed it. Paul McGann's voice is so well-suited to both being the Doctor and for it working well with audio-only.
Sep 13, 2013 Tanya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book
The 8th Doctor and Charley land on an old space freighter, a scrap ship arrives and go on board and while looking around people start going missing and the Doctor and Charley get blamed until the real villians appear, the cybermen are back, it is really atmospheric and at times a bit creepy as you know they are there and what they can do but the others don't.
Mike Jozic
Jul 09, 2013 Mike Jozic rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I can't say as I'm overly thrilled with the story here but It's so great to see Paul McGann actually get a crack at playing the Doctor that I'm probably a little forgiving of it. It's a little chaotic, a little meandering, but it's kind of fun, kind of canon, and I can listen to them on my iPod.
Aug 29, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: tossed, kept, audio
Eighth Doctor and Charley on an abandoned falling-to-pieces spaceship that pirates are intent on claiming. Sadly, the Cybermen were just in stasis on said spaceship.....waiting for someone to board & warm up the place. Bad luck for the pirates. Bad, bad luck.
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
This one felt like a murky muddle of mixed motivations and metal (cyber)men, a bit shapeless and hard to follow. Neither the Doctor nor Charley come across as well characterised. A very middling entry into this often very excellent series.
Noah Soudrette
Mar 19, 2008 Noah Soudrette rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who, audio
The first hour of this audio really spins it's wheels in the mud of going through the movements. However, when the second hour starts up, things move along nicely, and while the whole thing is a bit predictable, it's still quite a good listen.
Jan 29, 2016 Meredith rated it really liked it
A good drama with the Doctor and Charley being in two separate places for chunks of the adventure, each needing to be resourceful.

Also a solid reflection on what it means to be human, which is an on going conversation with the Cybermen are around.
Debra Cook
Jan 21, 2016 Debra Cook rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
It was an okay adventure. I keep forgetting that the Cyberman aren't all that scary especially in audio adventures. I would still recommend.
Jadetyger Sevea
Mar 31, 2016 Jadetyger Sevea rated it liked it
A solid, if a bit run of the mill Cybermen story. The Eighth Doctor and Charley were great, and the overall story was good. It just didn't blow me away.
Jul 12, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it
This was fun, but as with most Cyberman stories lately, it was sad. I found it was also predictable.
Kate Sherrod
Mar 02, 2016 Kate Sherrod rated it liked it
Charley's first adventure out in time and space has her already sounding like a seasoned traveler, but otherwise a pretty okay adventure. Paul McCann is, of course, fantastic, but meh .
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Nicholas Briggs is a British actor and writer, predominantly associated with the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who and its various spin-offs. Some of Briggs' earliest Doctor Who-related work was as host of The Myth Makers, a series of made-for-video documentaries produced in the 1980s and 1990s by Reeltime Pictures in which Briggs interviews many of the actors and writers involved i ...more
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