Ladies and gentlemen, Human Resources is our favourite 8th Doctor Adventure thus far. If you haven’t heard the audiobook yet, and you’re at all concerned about spoilers, then do so before you listen to our review. As per usual, we spoil the living daylights out of it on the podcast, and this audiobook is absolutely worth adding to your collection.
Remember Lucie mentioning, back in A001 Blood of the Daleks, that she was on her way to her first day at a new job when she suddenly found herself with the Doctor? Well, Human Resources starts off with her waking up on that first day at work. It’s as though her adventures with The Doctor never happened, and he, the TARDIS, the Daleks and (thankfully) even Tommy Tomorrow’s freaking stylophone were all just a figment of her imagination. The Headhunter (played by Katarina Olsson) is there to show her around, too, and soon Lucie meets her new colleague/social doppelganger, Karen (played by Louise Fullerton), and her line manager, Jerry (played hilariously well by Owen Brenman).
It transpires she’s been brainwashed to work a boring data entry job, weirdly not in London as she was lead to believe, but in Telford, of all places, which – by the way – is actually also not where she really is. Confused? Not half as confused as The Doctor is about to be when, meanwhile in England, a fellow Timelord by the name of Straxus (played by Nickolas Grace, screenshot here below) pops up to give him a Time Ring and send him off to retrieve his companion…
… which he does. Once in her new office, however, he realises something’s amiss, re-brains Lucie and has all of his worst fears confirmed by Hulbert (played by Roy Marsden, screenshot here below), the head of the company.
Throw in some classic Cybermen and a handful of giant robot warrior office complexes, and you’ve got ‘Human Resources.’ Treat yourself to a listen. It’s fantastic.
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1 hour 26 minutes