Critical Praise for Kaldor City: Checkmate
"Just when I thought things couldn't get any tenser, Checkmate
takes the series to a whole new level. I didn't see the big revelation
coming... so it came as quite a shock when I realised what was
happening! As usual, the performances of the cast were excellent and
with outstanding writing and brilliant production values, Checkmate
keeps up Kaldor City's
tradition of improving
significantly upon each previous release. Of course, the intriguing and
mysterious ending prompts the big question of when we can expect news
of the next instalment!"
you're already familiar with the Kaldor
City audio series, then you'll
have noticed its circular
structure... The intricate plots and power struggles of the first four
CDs feed off one another, apparently without a discernible centre...
The plot threads tighten over the course of the series until they begin
to resemble a noose for the characters and their society... Checkmate
both suggests and denies the possibility of further instalments. It
actually pulls off the difficult trick of being both a new beginning
and an ominously final ending for anyone who isn't a robot. The story
concludes with the secret centre of the plot revealed - and the centre
-Daniel O'Mahony, Celestial Toyroom
times now. It's oppressively brilliantly produced by Alistair Lock; a
subtle atmosphere of dread pervades every auditory aspect making it
deeply unsettling to listen to. Russell Hunter is at his very best ever
in his big long speech at the end, and Peter Miles is superb
throughout. Nice to hear Nick Courtney as Goldstein!!!"
-V. B. Perkins
fantastic. I had high expectations after #4, and #5 actually managed to
surpass it. The previous cliffhanger was satisfyingly resolved, and the
political campaigning and backstabbing continued thick and fast. The
new plot elements were cleverly tied in to the first audio, Occam's
Razor. The resolution of one
apocalypse became another, even
greater apocalypse quite unexpectedly. The emotional scene between Iago
and Justina could have been extremely trite, but was deftly handled,
and the story ended very well. It will be very interesting to see where
the series goes from here."
listened to Checkmate
and like it very much. One observation is that I didn't see the big
revelation coming, except in retrospect... in the end, though, it makes
sense, thanks to the subtle clues in earlier episodes. All in all, a
strong story, well made and very enjoyable."
multifaceted story which draws together all the threads in the earlier
narratives with balletic precision, culminating in a totally unexpected
climax... The emotional impact of this story is particularly strong.
Yes, the humour is still there, but the more dramatic, serious scenes
are very powerful... the horror element is beautifully put across too -
just enough has been done in the way of special effects to suggest
something really terrifying... You will not forget this CD in a hurry,
I promise you that."
-Sarah McEvoy, Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 Website
for, was a corker. The big revelation was a surprise but, well and
truly telegraphed in advance. I'm not sure, from the ending, if (as
some have speculated) this is the last Kaldor
I hope not..."
Checkmate. I listen to these
stories over and over almost
every night. I've always loved Dr.
Who and Blake's
7 and the continuation of any
story-lines (not to mention the
fantastic ones here!!!) keeps me continually interested! Keep up the
good work and thanks again from a big fan."
see that curveball coming in Checkmate,
I was genuinely taken aback by the revelation! A bravura performance
from Russell Hunter, I think, I've really liked his character
throughout - combination of good writing and great acting. A fitting
testament to his skill, I feel."
"I feel I
have to congratulate everybody
involved in Checkmate
and all the Kaldor
City stories to date. I have
found them to be engaging,
funny, sad, sarcastic, shocking, everything I would want out of an
audio. The acting (Especially the wonderful Paul Darrow and Brian
Croucher) is superb and the storylines absolutely brilliant."
--Vanessa Bishop, Doctor Who Magazine
A full review of "Checkmate" by Marilyn Burge is also available on this site.