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Ferril's Folly (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844355098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844355099
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 704,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This story takes place during the Fourth Doctor and Romana I's search for the Key to Time. In this instance, the tracer has sent them to the estate of Lady Ferril, widow of Lord Ferril. Lady Ferril was a celebrated astronaut who, due to injuries, has been retired from any duties with NASA. But what happened on her last mission? And why does she have so many statues and suits of armour on her estate?

This is a companion chronicle, narrated by Mary Tamm mainly, but also in parts by Madeleine Potter as Lady Ferril. I found the over the top nasty villainess screeching voice a bit wearing, but Mary Tamm as Romana was on top form. While her voicing of Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor is a bit off, she narrates and performs well enough to capture the nuances of the script - the Fourth Doctor's humour and eccentricity, Romana's naivety regarding earth customs, the horror of the carnage being let loose in the local village, and Lady Ferril's plans for the Earth. Purists might wonder at the use of the Key to Time in this `missing' story, as it quite clearly had a story arc which incorporated all its component pieces at the time of the original Fourth Doctor tv screening, but that is neatly developed and deal with in the course of the story.

Highly recommended for any Doctor Who fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Irony indeed 18 Nov 2011
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Set in the middle of The Key to Time season (Doctor Who - The Key to Time Box Set (Re-issue) [DVD] [1978]) seems quite bizarre because there are six segments to the key to time and a corresponding set of six televised adventures to find them. I did not initially welcome this mid-season concept, however Ferril's Folly does fit into the season in a clever way, potentially allowing for more adventures of the Romana I character.

The story telling is dual narrative and pleasant to listen to. Season 16, the first umbrella Doctor Who season (all stories linked and consecutive) was far from perfect, but is fondly remembered. This was a more light entertainment and less serious era; the writer has shown Romana's naivety about Earth's practices very well, speaking to parochial Earth people as if they are aware of the galactic classifications that the planet has. Perhaps a season featuring two brilliant Time-Lords needed to be comic else the viewers (and therefore listeners of future audios) would have been too alienated.

Listen to this knowing that it will fit into the season and you will enjoy it more than I did during episode one. Ultimately, I was very satisfied because of various clever aspects to the script. Without giving too much away, the title is clever for more than one reason and a seemingly light and trivial start to the story ends up with a highly significant threat to the planet.

Well-acted, beautifully crafted and sufficiently original to add something worthwhile to the Doctor Who canon that would now be difficult to imagine being without.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maid of Metal 20 Jun 2011
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are talking books which feature an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on tv returning to the role to read an all new story for their character.

They do all the voices save one which is read by a guest actor.

And the story runs for two episodes of thirty minutes [approx] each, and is complete on a single cd.

This one sees Mary Tamm return to the role of the first Romana, whom she played opposite Tom Baker's Doctor on tv back in 1978. In a season of the show when the Doctor was trying to find the segments of the fabled key to time.

This story takes place between the third and fourth stories of that particular season. It fits itself in in a rather clever way, which is revealed at the very end. And it sees the TARDIS arrive in a small village in Norfolk. The lady of the local manor, who is a former astronaut, has set up an observatory in order to track a particular meteorite. She encountered this object once before. And it had an effect on her. Which has made her more than human.

A deadly threat to the human race results. And her ladyship has a power that makes everyday objects very dangerous. Can the Doctor save the day? And find the segment?

Mary Tamm has a great voice, which makes this a very pleasing listen. And the guest actress gets a little more to do than some of them as she gets to narrate entire sections of the story herself. You might get distracted by how much she sounds like Peri, but she does turn out to be an excellent villainess.

The triumph of this one though is how well it fits into the era. Romana is slightly naive, and there are funny moments as the Doctor has to explain certain bits of Earth culture to her.
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