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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844354652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354658
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2010
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Latest Doctor who companion chronicle. These are talking books that see an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on tv returning to the role to read an all new story featuring their character. They are complete on one cd and run for roughly an hour, with two episodes of approximately thirty minutes each.

The returning former companion reads all the parts save for one which is voiced by another actor.

This one sees Caroline John return once again to the role of Liz Shaw, who she played opposite Jon Pertwee's Doctor on tv back in 1970.

The story sees Liz in the present day visit UNIT HQ for the first time in many years, where she and a sergeant examine something that's been kept in a vault for decades. Liz tells the sergeant the tale of how the thing came to be there in the first place. Back in the 1970's, UNIT and the Doctor are called in when an alien spaceship crashes in Britain. The story is set during the third doctor's first season when UNIT were more of a secretive and occasionally ruthless organisation than the cosy family they became, and this depicts that very well, with the alien ending up in a secret base and the military keeping wraps on things.

At the same time, more aliens are on the way, and the doctor, who was exiled to Earth, might have a chance to do something about that.

That's just part one.

Part two begins with a cliffhanger resolution that I really didn't see coming, and moves along nicely after that with a good few twists and turns. A very interesting race of aliens. A few moments that will please those who know the continuity of third doctor era. And an interesting scene of alien infiltration that Jon Pertwee would have relished playing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Oct. 2014
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Doctor Who : Shadow Of The Past (Companion Chronicles).

Product Info.
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companion: Liz Shaw, Brigader Lethbridge Stewart
Main enemy: The Mim
Writer: Simon Guerrier
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Release number: 4.9
1xCD
2-Episodes
Running Time 65 Minutes

Extras.
Trailer
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Cast.
Liz Shaw - Caroline John
Marshall - Lex Shrapnel

Trivia.
1)The older Liz telling the story is aware that there are "half a dozen" other incarnations of the Doctor which followed "hers".
2)The Doctor & the Brigadier are still not back on good terms after the bombing of the Silurian base on Wenley Moor (TV: Doctor Who & the Silurians)
3)Liz comments that her dissatisfaction with her role in UNIT arose because she felt all she had to do was tell the Doctor he was brilliant & pass him his test tubes. She later told the Brigadier this, because he used this to convince the Doctor to accept Jo Grant as his new assistant in Terror of the Autons.
4)The Sergeant who dies in the story is stated to be Benton's immediate predecessor, thus setting this story before The Ambassadors of Death. Liz comments wryly upon the oddly British practice employed by UNIT of "hot sweet tea" salving all wounds.
5)The Doctor is said to still be deeply offended at being imprisoned on Earth. (TV: Spearhead from Space)
6)The Time Lord in a bowler hat appears in the TARDIS. He would later appear in (TV: Terror of the Autons) to warn the Doctor of the Master's arrival on Earth.

What's Up Doc?
There's a secret locked up in UNIT's Vault 75-73/Whitehall & Dr Elizabeth Shaw is the only one left who knows what that secret is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2012
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This is another in the series of Companion Chronicles, this one being a story told by Liz Shaw of an episode in her time with UNIT and the Third Doctor. I liked this story, as it had a rather dark feel to it; all was most definitely not sweetness and light in this story, and it seemed that Liz Shaw, as a person in the Doctor Who universe, had carried the weight of this episode with her since the 1970s. Liz is telling a UNIT soldier with her the background to the Vault 75-73/Whitehall. The crash-landing of a spaceship in the 1970s has UNIT scramble to get to the craft and find out who or what is behind it, and what it implies. But there's much more to it than that. The Doctor has been stranded on Earth by the Timelords - will he see this as an opportunity to effect his own release? The Doctor has not forgiven the Brigadier for what happened to the Silurians; how driven is he to flee Earth and the human race?

Caroline John, as always, does a marvellous job narrating these Companion Chronicles with Liz Shaw; and she does a fine job at the other character voices as well - not easy to portray the Doctor or the Brigadier, but she does well at it. The story builds to a crescendo which seems fairly typical of the 1970s UNIT era; but there's more to it than you might at first expect.

The atmosphere is well crafted, the story is engaging, the characters are true to the `classic' Doctor Who series, and Caroline John tells a story that draws the listener in from beginning to end. Totally recommended.
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