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Ringpullworld (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Paul Magrs
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844354288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354283
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars unauthorised biographer 6 Dec 2009
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Latest Doctor who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books featuring an actor who played a companion to the doctor on the tv show returning to the role to read an all new story featuring them. They voice all other characters as well save one who is voiced by a guest actor.

As uaual the story runs for two episodes of roughly thirty minutes each and is complete on one disc with a trailer for the next in the range at the beginning and a very entertaining interview with cast and crew taking up the last three tracks for roughly thirteen minutes.

This one sees mark strickson reprising the role of turlough, who he played opposite peter davison's doctor back in the 1980's. Mark Strickson now lives and works in new zealand and thus isn't available to do big finish stories very often, so this is a welcome return for him.

The story begins with turlough having disobeyed the doctor and taken a spaceship so that he can go and open up a seal that keeps alien trapped in a micro universe from getting out. The seal was likened to a ringpull by tegan. Hence the title. But Turlough has an added problem in the presence of huxley, an alien from a race who call themselves narrators. They attach themselves to people and record their life. whether the person likes it or not.

Dialogue between turlough and huxley fills us in on how turlough and the doctor and tegan go into this universe in the first place. Thus the narrative structure is not conventional but it's very easy to get used to. and the interaction between turlough and his narrator is so well written and acted it's a captivating listen that makes the first part fly by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I now want more Turlough stories 15 Dec 2011
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One of the most captivating and easy to listen to Companion Chronicles. Ultimately the story is told from many perspectives both by Turlough and a narrator/biographer character that has latched onto the TARDIS crew. The dynamic between the two is excellent, as is the story itself, and Turlough's dubious character. The writer as captured Turlough in a convincing and credible way.

I put off listening to this one for a long time because I prejudged it, and how wrong I was. A thoroughly enjoyable audio story and a very welcome addition to the canon. Mark has done monthly Doctor Who stories but intermittently as he has a significant career in New Zealand. Ringpullworld is his first Companion Chronicle and I really hope that the opportunity arises for more in the future.

For anyone who has never listened to a Companion Chronicle before, and knows about the fifth Doctor and his companions this might be the best one to start with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turlough in trouble again 24 Sep 2011
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is a companion chronicle featuring Turlough, who travelled in the tv series with the Fifth Doctor. Turlough's character was never particularly likeable; from the start he was working for the Black Guardian, and as we see more of Turlough he appears to be largely crafty, cowardly and self-serving. However, he has his moments, and it is in such stories as these Companion Chronicles that some of his better character traits have a chance to be shown, however briefly.

The Doctor, Turlough and Tegan have inadvertently found themselves inside a universe within the universe - but Turlough wants to free the residents of the inner universe. The Doctor does everything he can to stop him - but why? We, the listener, find the story unfolding largely through dialogue between Turlough and Huxley, a novelisor from Verbatim Six who has a very annoying tendency to narrate Turlough's life as it is happening.

The story develops in a roundabout way; an unusual device for a Doctor Who story which leaves an ending slightly without an ending. But it's very clever and the story itself is very well narrated by Mark Strickson as Turlough, also voicing the Doctor and Tegan, with a suitably nasal Australian accent.

Highly recommended.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly solid. 30 Jan 2010
By Peter Ingemi - Published on Amazon.com
Mark Strickson returns for only his fourth appearance as Vislor Turlough in a Big finish audio and his first in 5 years. And this audio proves what the previous audios SHOULD have: He deserves to appear a whole lot more often.

Paul Magrs has written a very clever story that plays off the strengths of the character. Alex Lowe's as one of the novelisors really works I hope we can see them again sometime and the style of writing means that Strickson doesn't have to so much to a faux Doctor voice as to just tell that story with his own perspective.

The Companion Chronicles format particularly worked since we see more the the cynicism that makes Turlough interesting as he doesn't have to play off the Doctor. His character is unique in the Doctor Who universe. Until the 9th doctor we had not really seen what amounts to an "anti-companion" (and even then only for an episode) It makes for a very different style than most tales.

Different or no, it is certainly strong entry into the Companion Chronicles franchise, and will be an even stronger entry to your collection.

But don't be fooled by the cover, this is a 5th Doctor adventure not a fourth but it's still worth your dough.
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