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Doctor Who: The Essential Companion [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Steve Tribe
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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22 Nov 2010 Doctor Who
If you enjoyed the "Eleventh Doctor's" first series of TV adventures, you'll love this opportunity to hear again the most exciting, scary, funny and moving moments. What is the new Doctor really like? What's in store for Amy and Rory when they join him on his travels? Confront the Smilers, the Daleks, the Weeping Angels, the Dream Lord and all the other terrifying aliens they face! Meet Winston Churchill and River Song amongst the many brave friends who help along the way. Travel to Starship UK, Alfava Metraxis, Venice, Provence and Stonehenge - all in the company of your favourite Time Lord and his friends. "Doctor Who: The Essential Companion" has everything you need to know about the Doctor's travels before he - and you - set off in the Tardis once again. Meet the Eleventh Doctor and travel with him on his journey of adventure in this collection of exciting highlights, presented by Alex Price ("Doctor Who Confidential").

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (22 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408467720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408467725
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 14.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 738,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Potted Audios of the Last Series 30 Jan 2011
By wabrit
Format:Audio CD
This 2xCD set covers each of the TV episodes from Matt Smith's first season as Doctor Who; each episode is presented in shortened form using audio clips from the series with some linking narration.

My personal reaction to this was one of indifference; if I wanted to relive the series again I'd watch it instead (although the format does allow you better to savour Matt Smith's beautiful deadpan delivery of Stephen Moffat's lines).

However, when I played it to our kids, all of whom are avid Doctor Who fans who already knew each episode off by heart, they fell silent, concentrated on listening, and afterwards expressed how much they enjoyed it.

So perhaps the CD is best appreciated by a younger audience, and is in fact a good way to get children to "listen" to a story that's not too long, rather than sit in front of the TV.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A quick trip back in time! 27 Jan 2011
By Mr. R. Brown VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I was a bit confused when I ordered this exactly what I should expect to receive. Clearly it was an audio CD but were the contents?

As it turns out, this is a 2 CD set that presents a whistle-stop tour of the most recent Doctor Who series, the first to feature Matt Smith as The Doctor.

When I say whistle-stop, some episodes are covered in a fair bit of detail, while others are quickly rushed through. Anyway, this "tour" takes the form of some narration interspersed with audio clips from the episodes in question. It's a useful refresher of the storylines of the last series, but do you really need that?

Personally I think you'd be far better served putting the money towards the DVD (or Blu-ray) boxset so you can actually watch the episodes again, rather than listening to a few sound bites.

Either that or one of the many excellent Doctor Who audio adventures.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre 27 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Like many other reviewers I'm somewhat at a loss to decide what exactly the point of this "Essential Companion" CD set is.

A series of Doctor Who condensed into two cd's with every episode "summed up" by a mixture of narration and various clips from the shows themselves it's difficult to know what to make of this.

It's not uninteresting to those who are fans but you'd be much better off with the actual series on DVD rather than this spurious curiosity which seems to exist purely to make money. Which, admittedly, would be the point of any release but this is one of the shoddiest attempts to offer value you'll find on this site.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit tedious. 27 Jan 2011
By Stuart Burns VINE VOICE
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Tedious. Not the script. The script is superb, some of the best writing Doctor Who has ever seen in fact. Lyrical, fascinating, layered. No what's tedious is that this is essentially an audio plough through the first Smith/Moffat season without much in the way of addition information. Which is fine if all you want is clips of things, but if you have the boxset, and most fans will, there's not much extra to enjoy here. What might have made this worthwhile is if some of the many deleted scenes had been included or some new specially recorded audio adventure. But no. It's just the same stuff you've heard before without the pictures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Silverfrog TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I found it very misleading that the cd was classed as an audiobook as it isn't really, it's just a synopsis of the series. There are no new content although Alex Price does a good job of narration. I half expected there to be additional online content as well to make up for it's loss in audio content however none was to be found - really a wasted opportunity as you could of had at least links to official sites, pictures, a screensaver, wallpaper or something special to make it work your money. At it's RRP it's not worth it. All i can hear is the 'cha-ching' of a cash register.
I saw most of the series but missed a few in the middle You get lots of original dialogue and plot explanation, and if you've already seen the series then you can fill in the blanks. The tension and suspense you get from viewing the series is lost though, particularly the narration of episodes 4 & 5 with the Weeping Angels. When I saw those episodes originally, they had me on the edge of my seat in places, and I found that listening to the cd, when I could remember what happened, the cd was a bit disappointing. For the episodes I didn't see then the narration was better, in fact they made me want to see the episodes! I didn't think I was that bothered about this series before, but after listening to the cds, I do want to watch some of the episodes again (yet another box set to add to my wish list!). I think they act as a good companion, but just that, they had the effect of making me want to buy the box-set, not the cd!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By i wrote this TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I requested a free copy of this CD to review thinking it was an audio book or a documentary.
I was seriously unimpressed to open the box and find it's just audio high lights of the last series strung together with some linking narration! How this is a 'Companion' to the show and not just 'the Edited High lights' is anybodies guess.

So there I was, already to write my Reardonesq rant and give this sucker 1 star - until I listened to it.
The linking narration actually sets the tone very well (although it's far from perfect - we'll get to that) and the clips from the show reminded me just how much I had enjoyed Matt Smith & Karen Gillan scoring off each other. The end result falls flat in all the same places as the series did (Daleks and Venetian vampires I'm looking at you!) but soars along with all the high points too (The Pandorica Opens was just as good as the first time I saw it). So if you like the idea of this disc set then go ahead and buy it, it's a quality reproduction of what I think was some pretty darn good TV sci fi.

BUT, and it's a big but, I have to wonder who this CD is for?
If you missed the TV series and want an idea of what happens you are better off with wikipedia as this production flys along at such a pace and with so little actual audio description that you won't have much clue what's going on most of the time.
If you saw and liked it that much, chances are you want it on DVD or you have it by now.
I guess if you want to recap the events of the last series without the bother of having to sit through it then this CD really is ESSENTIAL. But who are you? And how did you come by these strange requirements?
And wouldn't you be better off with some Big Finish original Doctor Who radio dramas instead?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Far from essential; watch the episodes instead
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Inessential Companion
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for car journeys
At the risk of alienating most Whovians, I went off the Doctor soon after David Tennant took over and Matt Smith hasn't won me over. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2011 by El Loro
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable...but no substitute for the real thing
greatly enjoyed Matt Smith's first season of adventures as the Eleventh Doctor. Even so, I'm struggling to see the point of this double CD. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2011 by Gary Hilton
2.0 out of 5 stars Tacky And Relatively Disappointing Information Source
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3.0 out of 5 stars Briefly diverting
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5.0 out of 5 stars A massively entertaining gallop through the latest Doctor Who series
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Published on 20 Mar 2011 by Mr. D. J. Carr
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