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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Nov 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1781780870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781780879
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Dec 2013
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of 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.

The stories are usually complete in two parts, on a single cd.

In this one, Carole Ann Ford returns to the role of Susan, whom she played opposite William Hartnell back during the very first year of the show.

The two episodes of this release run for thirty three and twenty eight minutes respectively. [Approx].

And it's a prequel to the show itself. Plus the couple of other stories that this range has done which have taken place before the first tv story.

This one tells the story of what happens to the Doctor and his Granddaughter right after they leave Gallifrey.

They visit a strange world. Meet some very strange aliens. And a man called Quadrigger Stoyn. Who has been brought along for the ride in the TARDIS. He's not very happy about it...

Licensed fiction can't ever do anything to change established continuity. Nor can it create new continuity. Thus those who are looking for the full story as to why the Doctor left Gallifrey in the first place will not find the answers they are looking for here. This one starts with him and Susan in the process of getting a TARDIS.

Mind you licensed fiction can reference established continuity, so you will find a couple of fan pleasing moments early on. They fit in very nicely with the narrative without being at all obtrusive.

The script and the reading manages to convey superbly, via Susan's viewpoint, what she goes through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Dec 2013
Positive.
1)Carol Ann Ford narratives this adventure alongside Terry(Davros)Molloy as Quadrigger Stoyn as both give great performances in this Doctor Who origin story.
2)Another great Prequel adventure written by Marc Platt, He must be the Origin story go to guy at Big Finish.

Negative.
It's a bit pacey in parts & isn't a standalone adventure as this is the first part of a Companion Chronicles Trilogy so not all questions maybe answered in this adventure.

Trivia.
Keep a listen out for a tie-in to Series 7 episode The Name of the Doctor.

CD Info.
1x two episodes, Running time 60 minutes, Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

Review.
Intriguing Story this as it starts with the Doctor & his Granddaughter Susan escaping from Gallifrey & in doing so the Doctor steals a type 40 Time Machine called a Tardis.

Unfortunately a stowaway has also climbed aboard the Tardis as the Doctor & Susan set off for Adventures in time & space the stowaways name is the mysterious Quadrigger Stoyn & he's very unhappy.

What will be Stoyns motives for stowing away aboard the Tardis & what implications does his plans have on the Doctor & Granddaughter Susans future?

As this is part of a trilogy for the character of Quadrigger Stoyn this first part sets up the trilogy & is a intriguing adventure written by the excellent Marc Platt.

Carol Ann Ford returns to narrate this Companion Chronicle alongside Davros actor Terry Molloy who is a portraying a interesting character in Stoyn & I for one am looking forward to see were this trilogy is heading.

A great start to this trilogy of Companion Chronicles to celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who a definitely worth purchasing as this is the start of were it all began for our eccentric time traveller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 May 2014
It took me a while to decide what I thought overall about this story. I came to the conclusion that it started off strongly and intriguingly, got a bit lost in the middle, and then picked up at the end, which left me for a while feeling a bit ambivalent about it. But I have to say, now that I’m analysing it for review purposes, that my overall feelings about it are far more positive than negative. The idea of what happened that made the Doctor and his granddaughter Susan leave Gallifrey all those years ago is one that has, of course always intrigued Doctor Who fans. In this story we find out a little more, and how they got the Tardis that sent them off through the galaxy. But they get more than they bargained for when they take the Tardis that has Quadrigger Stoyn working in its depths, stripping it for decommissioning. Stoyn is an odd character; frightened of leaving Gallifrey, sticking rigidly to the rules he knows so that he can assure himself he won’t get into any more trouble, he blames the Doctor (or ‘Grandpa’ as he keeps calling him) for all that goes wrong. And that, as we who know the First Doctor and his temperament so well does not get him very far in the business of making friends and influencing people.

Where the Tardis and its runaways, and the inadvertent third passenger goes, and who/what they meet when they get there, gives us, the listeners the first glimpse into the strange new way of life that the Doctor and Susan now find themselves living. The Doctor’s traits of curiosity, intellectual searching and irascibility are evident from the start, as is the strong relationship with his granddaughter. I think that where the story fell down a little for me was in the middle when there was a shift in timeframes between the two planets; it all got a bit weird there I thought.
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