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The Child (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Dec 2012

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Dec. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1844359514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844359516
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.2 x 16.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books which see an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on TV return to the role to read an all new story for their character.

They do the narration and all the voices save one, which is done by a guest actor.

They are usually two part stories, complete on a single cd, with each episode running twenty five to thirty minutes [approx].

This one sees Louise Jameson return to the role of Leela, whom she played opposite Tom Baker's Doctor on tv back in the 1970's.

Leela was in three previous companion chronicles, which formed a loose trilogy. The last of those, Dr Who the Time Vampire CD (Dr Who Big Finish Companion) (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) ended with

[minor spoilers for that story follow. But you will get them from the back of the box of this one anyhow]

Leela dying and being reborn as a young girl called Emily. In 19th century Britain.

This new story, start of a new trilogy for Leela, begins with Emily, who is being brought up in the style of times and taught her place in society by her parents, having conversations with her 'imaginary friend'. Who tells her fantastical stories. That Emily wishes to tell her parents.

These are about a great wizard who travels through time and space in a remarkable machine. And the brave warrior girl who accompanies him.

One of these stories involves them visiting a strange world, so that the wizard can teach the warrior girl about something. But the world is not what he expected. It's a cold grey planet where people are ruled over by a glass angel.
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I tried several times to listen to this story and succeeded on the fourth attempt and gained absolutely no enjoyment out of it whatsoever, because Doctor Who is not the format for this sort of story. Maybe I am intolerant of a story told through a child's eyes because I don't have children myself, but I think those without children are more likely to struggle with this than those that are child-tolerant.

I am sure there is a format out there where this sort of imagination works, but for me it is probably my least favourite Doctor Who audio adventure from the 500 odd that I have listened to. You can experiment all you like with Doctor Who, but I think cutting off part of your audience that accept all other stories is a step too far.

For a few minutes there is some interest as you hear descriptions of the Doctor's world through the eyes of a child, but after 60 minutes of continuous exaggeration it wears thin and irritates. I listened to The Justice of Jaxlar prior to this which was far superior, as a listener I felt every bit part of the story and the £11 was very well spent. That is what I want from an audio.
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By S. Phythian on 20 Aug. 2013
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I'm not 100% sure what Big Finish are doing with the character of Leela to be honest. The story is....alright.
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