Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a monthly range of talking books that feature an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on the tv show returning to the role to read an all new story featuring their character.
The usual format is a two part story complete on one disc, with the actor doing all the voices and narration save for one other character who is played by a guest actor.
This one sees Frazer Hines return to the role of Jamie, who he played opposite Patrick Troughton's Doctor on tv. But this time Jamie is travelling with the Sixth Doctor. Not that he remembers his previous travels in the TARDIS and thus he hasn't quite learned to trust this strange man in the garish outfit who claims to know him of old.
The regular audio range from Big finish is currently telling a trilogy of tales featuring this pairing, Dr Who City of Spires CD (Dr Who Big Finish) (Doctor Who) Dr Who the Wreck of the Titan CD (Dr Who Big Finish) (Doctor Who) Dr Who Legend of the Cybermen (Dr Who Big Finish)
and this story takes place in between the first two of those. But this ia sidestep to a bigger tale and it stands pretty much on it's own, so you don't need to hear any of those to hear this. Or vice versa.
The first episode is roughly twenty six minutes long and the second is a little over thirty.
The story sees Jamie and the Doctor trying to get back to the TARDIS only to encounter a monster from scottish legend, and then a mysterious and rather sinister Reverend [guest actor Hugh Ross] who is working a strange influence on the people of the area. Not least a lady Jamie once admired from afar. And he knows more about the TARDIS and the Doctor than would seem possible...
Frazer Hine's impression of Patrick Troughton in the second doctor stories he's done in this range has been absolutely spot on. His Colin Baker isn't quite as perfect, but he captures the sixth's doctor bluster and sardonic nature ever so well and it's a performance that rather grows on you. The tale does benefit from being told by Jamie rather than the Doctor, as the way Jamie views the Doctor works well.And the latter has a very nice line in debunking superstition and strange phenomena, a point well captured by the writing.
With superb and very subtle villainy from Hugh Ross - the reverend initially trying to get people round to his side by using the right words to prey on their weaknesses - it's a very effective story in terms of atmosphere. And the writing gets every facet of Jamie's nature absolutely right.All of which allows for a final scene that may stay with you for a little while afterwards.
This a very strong story for Jamie and a very solid and well realised script. It's a more than above average entry in the range.
There's a trailer for the next in the series at the start of the disc, and a ten minute long interview with cast and crew at the end. It's a good length for such a thing as it does allow the conversation to flow very nicely.