Critical Praise for Kaldor City: Occam's Razor
"The tale (which stands alone successfully, not requiring the listener
to do any homework) of unexplained murders and a mysterious ex-assassin
is simply but intelligently written and benefits enormously from a cast
that knows when to play things down and when to build them up... Paul
Darrow's enigmatic Kaston Iago, with his sinister, brushed-metal voice,
is frequently brilliant."
--Gareth Jelley, Outpost Gallifrey
"The script is excellent on the whole, with Hunter in particular
getting some great, often very funny, lines... it rolls along at a good
pace and is consistent and logical throughout. The actors give
uniformly enjoyable performances, with Hunter and Darrow obvious
standouts and the background effects and music are never intrusive. All
in all, a very promising first disc in the series."
--Stuart Douglas, Outpost Gallifrey
"A strong star cast, the performances are energetic, sardonic and full
of black humour. There are some fantastic quotes and one-liners
throughout the story."
--Damian Christie, Outpost Gallifrey
"Fuses elements of style and tone from these two famous BBC science
fiction series [Blake's 7
and Doctor Who]
to form a powerful hybrid unique in its own right. Occam's
Razor establishes the dark tone
of the series superbly, the
arresting blend of corruption and power games at the highest levels
providing compelling listening as rivalries are created between the
different factions and the scene is set for dangerous and absorbing
--Simon Catlow, Shockeye's Kitchen
"First off, I have to say what a totally kick-ass theme tune! The
performances are also uniformly excellent with Russell Hunter and Scott
Fredericks effortlessly recreating characters over twenty years old and
Trevor Cooper, Brian Croucher and Patricia Merrick creating anew some
wonderfully entertaining and believable personas."
"I thoroughly enjoyed this one - it's a good drama, with some
interesting developments of the society on the planet in "Robots of
Death". Lots of politics on both the personal and society scales.
Russell Hunter does a wonderful reprise of his role as Uvanov - you
wouldn't know that there'd been a two decade gap between recording
Robots of Death" and "Occam's Razor." I'll be buying more Kaldor
--Julia Jones, Lysator
"I have just listened to Occam's
Razor. I must say I'm impressed with the quality of the writing,
and acting, and am looking forward to hearing the others."
"I thought I'd start listening to it just before I went to bed; just
*start* it and then listen to the rest of it later. But, by golly, I
couldn't stop! What pacing, what plot -- and when that wasn't absorbing
me, I was just being fascinated by the voices of Scott Fredricks and a
rough-edged Paul Darrow. Whee! Gee that was fun. "
"What a breath of fresh air. Can I just start by saying that I
thoroughly enjoyed this CD and recommend that everyone give it a go...
I liked the fact that it was more character driven and less of a
showcase for the Robots, who function as background characters. I had
absolutely no problem imagining this as the soundtrack to a sadly lost
missing episode. A richly textured, believable world highly reminiscent
of both TV series. 5 out of 5!"
--Rex Duis, Time Space Visualizer #66
honestly say that it is one of
the best audio spin-offs I have ever
heard. The story is pacy, well written, brilliantly acted and explores
some excellent ideas. I can highly recommend this release - I've just
ordered Kaldor City 2: Death's Head."
--imforeman, Outpost Gallifrey Forums
"Paul Darrow... is at his lip-smacking, sneering, sarky peak as far as
his acting is concerned. The feel of "Occam's Razor" is shamelessly
blockbusting and eighties comic-strip in approach. It reminiscent in
some ways of Dirk Maggs' marvellous productions, which is why I like it
immensely. If Terry Nation's misanthropic plot driven style is your
bag, dive in."
--GazHack, Outpost Gallifrey Forums
"The whole CD was excellently put together from acting to sound
effects, the story was believable and I recommend it to anyone even if
they have never listened to Doctor
Who or Blakes
7 as I don't feel you need to
know of these shows to enjoy
what is a great story on its own. I look forward to the next one."
--Paul Taylor, Tenth Planet
"Unfortunately I enjoyed it immensely - as I was looking forward to
telling Jim it was shit. but it isn't. Darrow gives a great understated
dry performance, getting the best out of the black humour. The script
is sharp, the sound wonderful and there's lots of unnecessary violence.
Perfect. The only gripe I have with it is that I can't actually SEE
Patricia Merrick while I'm listening to it."
--Dave "backrubslut" Whittam, Doctor Who Audio List
"It all starts out very traditionally and has a nice twist at the end.
Paul Darrow is superb as well. Best of all it has a cracking theme
--Cavan Scott, Doctor Who Audio List
"It's skill - buy one today!"
"With a fast and fluid script backed up by some familar voices,
'Occam's Razor' draws you into a dark and gritty fantasy world....
all the characters get plenty of opportunities to interact and further
their own motives. From Paul Darrow's perfectly fitting (and
disturbing) reading of Iago, to Scott Frederick's arrogant and
manipulative Carnell, the cast is top-notch and does the gripping
'Occam's Razor' doesn't depend heavily on its [Doctor Who and Blake's 7] forbearers, choosing to presents its own story and its own macro-universe taking elements from favorites such as Judge Dredd and Sinister Dexter. This give us a funny, mature and satisfyingly violent tale hinting at depths still to be revealed."
--Aonghus Heatley, Psy Online
"The whole production has a real sense of excitement and fun suffusing
it.... special congratulations to Russell Hunter for
his lovely comic timing. The theme music really rocks as well and the
soundscape perfectly conjured up a big budget SF movie in the same way
that the old
series did. Can't wait for episode two!"
--Gareth Preston, DW Audio Mailing List
"Just listened to 'Occam's Razor'. Absolutely
brilliant. Loved it to bits!!!"
"Magic Bullet... have brought together the worlds of writer Chris
Boucher's various Doctor Who
and Blake's 7
adventures into a violent, tongue-in-cheek political thriller. This
ain't for the kids.... While Darrow can never be accused of
under-acting, his performance is just what you want from this, the
audio version of a Hollywood blockbuster-- pure melodrama with all the
'Occam's Razor' points at a series to look out for."
--Patrick Denham, SFX Magazine
Uvanov, [Russell] Hunter is every
bit as caustic and ruthless as he ever was... The scene in which Iago
seduces Uvanov's personal assistant, Justina (Patricia Merrick), is
laced with delicious innuendo and is remarkably reminiscent of scenes
that Darrow played with Jacqueline Pearce's Servalan. Writers Alan
Stevens and Jim Smith have succeeded in capturing the spirit and style
of Boucher's best works."
--Richard McGinlay, Sci-Fi Online
"The story really bats along at a great pace and it managed to be
excitingly violent without getting gruesome.... I also think it's quite
an intelligent story, without getting too 'clever-clever.'"
--Anon. review, DW Audio Mailing List
"[The Robots of Death] donates Russell Hunter's Uvanov, a rounded
robo-centric society and the velvet-voiced Vocs themselves....
Like early Blake's 7,
is ultra-violent and
hard-nosed. Alan Stevens and Jim Smith's episode, 'Occam's
Razor', is dominated by... Paul Darrow, as
robot programmer Kaston Iago....
his most famous creation, Kerr Avon, his performance starts from the
and radiates outwards.... Darrow, Hunter and Fredericks are supported
reliable company of BBC SF players, including Peter Miles, Brian
Croucher, Trevor Cooper and Peter Tuddenham. Production is to the Big
Finish standard, with
Alistair Lock directing and moonlighting in the areas of music and
--Vanessa Bishop, Doctor Who Magazine
someone's made an audio drama that
unleashes the potential of the medium....
Although it spins off from characters and ideas in Doctor
and Blake's 7,
this isn't some turgid retro
nightmare. This is a very modern drama, casting off any TV heritage and
using the audio medium to create the sonic equivalent of 'widescreen'.
It has an epic feel.... all executed with a dazzling array of sound
effects... We're never uncertain of what is going on, Alistair Lock's
superb production creates a detailed and clear soundscape that brings
Kaldor City to life."
--Steve Buchannon, Avon Club Website
retaining familiar elements from
the previous stories, 'Occam's Razor' chooses to concentrate on
characters rather than taking the easy route of providing a story about
murderous robots. Alan Stevens and co-writer Jim Smith weave a complex
tale of murder, money, and political wrangling....
Playing a character that you last played nearly 25 years previously
cannot be easy, but Hunter pulls it off marvellously and gives a superb
performance as a suspicious and paranoid Uvanov."
--Ray Miller, Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 Website.