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Peri and the Piscon Paradox (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Nev Fountain
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844355055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844355051
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Double CD, running time 120 mins, starring Nicola Bryant and Colin Baker.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The two Peris 15 Feb 2011
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books which usually see an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on tv return to the role to read an all new story featuring their character. They do all the voices as well save for one which is voiced by a guest actor.

Usually these are two part stories complete on one disc. But this is a four parter spread over two discs.

It sees Nicola Bryant return to the role of Peri, who she played alongside both Peter Davison and Colin Baker's Doctors on tv. Since it's three years since the last audio to feature her this is a welcome return.

The story involves Peri and the fifth doctor hunting down a fish like alien called Zarl in Los Angeles 2009. Zarl has threatened the future of the planet Earth.

The guest voice actor in the story is Colin Baker.

As the Sixth Doctor.

The first two episodes involve Peri and the Fifth Doctor trying to stop Zarl's schemes. The extra length of the story really gives it time to breathe, opening with a long monologue from Peri that really cuts to the heart of why she went off with the Doctor in the first place. And then has some entertaining and very well written culture clash as Peri, a lady from the 1980's, has to adjust to life in 2009.

Then she meets a future version of herself. A hardbitten secret service agent who deals with alien incursion and threats to the planet.

Elder Peri - who doesn't think much of her younger self's dress sense - clashes with her younger self and the Doctor over the best way to deal with Zarl. But is she telling the truth? And can she be trusted?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Whovian milestone not to be missed 8 Nov 2011
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Peri meets another version of herself, a version she grows to dislike to an almost abhorent level by the end of the first disc. The second disc gives the alternative Peri's perspective. Wow! How we can misjudge...

The latter part of the second disc had me literally stop in my tracks. After many amusing moments, one of the most profound arrives, a reality that Doctor Who has not addressed in this manner before.

Essentially this is a two part story told from two perspectives with some significant revelations. Companion Chronicles do focus on back and forward stories for companions and are worth the listen. Nicola Bryant conducts the first double length Companion Chronicles, and just when you think it is beginning to drag you are snapped back and "corrected" such that you want to re-listen to the whole thing.

This is the 7th release of the fifth series, and it has to be said that it is the best and most profound Companion Chronicles. It breaks the mould big time for conventional story-telling just as [ASIN:1844350282 Flip-flop (Doctor Who)]] did many years ago for the monthly stories.

Colin Baker makes a significant and comical appearance on the second disc, and you quickly forget this is not a mainstream monthly full-cast audio.

If anyone is to buy just one Companion Chronicle, this is it. It may cost slightly more because of the double length, but the writer Nev Fountain and Nicola Bryant playing more than one role deserve recognition for adding something quite special, and more importantly significant, to the Doctor Who canon. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peri and the Doctor(s) 18 July 2011
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This is another in the companion series of audio stories. However, this differs in that it is spread over two cds; two interlinked stories of two parts each. The other main point of difference in this story is that the second cd actually has one of the Doctors; the sixth Doctor makes an appearance in this part of the overall story.

The first cd is narrated by Peri; a young Peri, who has been travelling (in this audio universe) with the Fifth Doctor for some time. Listeners to the audio series will know that there are a number of stories including the Fifth Doctor with Peri, both on her own and with Erimem. So there is a lot more to their relationship, and the growth of that relationship, than was evident from just the few stories shown in the TV series before the Fifth Doctor and Peri visited Androzani, with somewhat unexpected results for the Doctor.

The second cd is also narrated by Peri; but this is not the same Peri who travelled with the Doctor. She is older and changed; and how and why that is so becomes evident at the end of the story. We find out what happened to her when, according to the tv series during the Trial of the TimeLord with the Sixth Doctor, Peri stayed with King Yrcanos. We also know from the audio series that Peri has travelled for some time in other stories with the Sixth Doctor. So how are these various relationships tied together? Well, you have to listen to find out.

The story seems, for quite a time, to be a `comical' turn; funny noises, bad puns, lots of running around and falling down. But by the time you get to the end, the tone has changed. It left me sad; sad for Peri, sad for the Doctor. But it makes you think.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Should Have Been Full Cast? 6 Jan 2014
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Nev Fountain, in case you didn't know, has written two of Big Finish's finest, most inventive outings: Omega, the excellent, though slightly over-long sequel to The Arc of Infinity; and The Kingmaker, the even better repost to Shakespeare's often unquestioned historical bias. What characterised these two tales was equal measures of complexity and wit; with two such unmissable stories under his belt, another one was eagerly awaited. No surprise that both 'complex' and 'witty' are there in spades in Peri and the Piscon Paradox and no surprise either that Nicola Bryant does an excellent job in handling the various voices that the story requires. Even though the music overdoes the cutesy and saccharin-tragic more than once, the sound design is pretty good too. So far, so good.

Disc 1, it has to be said, is a rather lengthy set-up: not bad by any means and with enough to keep you intrigued but still not much more than an extended prologue. Disc 2 is, for the most part, much better than the first, due to the unravelling of the paradox of the title being far more engaging than its set up. Peri's more cynical other self brings a welcome new aspect, while the actual voice of the Sixth Doctor makes it sound much more 'real'. The whole thing really takes off and builds to something unexpectedly dramatic.

So why is it so uninspiring?

Not long after Big Finish started releasing Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctor CDs, I can't have been the only one who wondered if somehow stories could be produced that featured the first three. Nor can I have been the only one who thought up something not dissimilar to what the Companion Chronicles actually became. Now for those Doctors no longer with us, the format is as much as one would expect (or could hope for): a well-intentioned attempt to fulfil a yearning for times irretrievable. Yet for those Doctors still around, the Companion Chronicles format feels like short change: one has come to expect the full treatment whenever possible. However clever, however well-performed Piscon Paradox undoubtedly is, like so many other Companion Chronicles, it's just something one might listen to once, maybe quite enjoy and never listen to again. Had the budget stretched to actually having Peter Davison voice the Fifth Doctor on disc one, the effect might have had more weight, but then one would have come close to dramatizing the whole thing anyway. I'm still wondering why they didn't do just that.

There is, alas, a more obvious difficulty with P&tPP; that the unexpected dramatic climax doesn't fit. We are led to believe that Nicola Bryant had a great deal of input into the script and there's nothing actors like better than a chance to show off their 'emotional range'. So it is that the writer (her current partner, so I'm told) seems to have been persuaded to include something for her to, er, get her teeth into. Near the end of what has been broadly comic, we get five minutes or so of heart-rending, angstful introspection. Again, Ms Bryant does a fantastic job in delivering it but, while I certainly don't want to make light of domestic abuse, the (un)intended shock actually comes from a writer of such calibre resorting to a list of well-worn cliches to achieve it. And it's so out of place. When that's all over, we're straight back into wry-smile mode with a let's-tie-up-some-loose-continuity-ends moment, ending in a haze of wistful melancholy and two truly awful puns.

The problem with The Piscon Paradox is not only with its own peculiar tonal rollercoaster but with the Companion Chronicles range as a whole. Other CCs usually sound decidedly 'third division' compared to the main monthly range and though this particular one generally doesn't, it's not going to appeal to anyone other than real die-hard old school fans. If the combined talents of Fountain and Bryant can't make this format truly work, then alas no-one can. Enough people must be buying each Companion Chronicle release to make it worth Big Finish's while persevering with them, but while I have often been tempted by the synopsis, they never seem to deliver. At least Peri and the Piscon Paradox comes close.
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Agent Perpugilliam Brown 10 Nov 2013
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Came on time and in perfect condition - also the story - full stars! I've always been a huge a fan of Peri, and this really brought me to tears. It starts off a little slow because they couldn't get Peter Davidson and it is all Nicola Bryant - but the second disk really picks up and makes the story. I was not expecting the ending - and it was very moving. A must-listen for fans of Peri!!
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