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

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Jun 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1844355101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844355105
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 18 Nov 2011
Once again, Peter Purves does an excellent job of narrating and performing in the second of a loose trilogy of Companion Chronicles whereby a second male companion temporarily (because of overall continuity) becomes part of the TARDIS crew. Although ironically this is a story partly about the loss of the TARDIS and the attempt to get back under very bleak circumstances.

Whilst this is in keeping with the era, The Cold Equations benefits from being written today as it factors in issues and areas that the programme was not able to challenge at the time. In many respects it is a better piece of writing/fiction/Doctor Who than the era it is from; a high accolade for one of the very best Companion Chronicles.

The Cold Equations follows on from the excellent The Perpetual Bond (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) and I am sure the forthcoming The First Wave (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) will be to a high standard too. Peter Purves is one of the finest narrators to participate in Doctor Who audios in general; naturally his Steven is good and perhaps even better than at the time, but he amply succeeds in the more difficult task of impersonating first Doctor William Hartnell. It may have been enough for Purves just to read the script as Steven Taylor, but he narrates the text with such enthusiasm (rarer than you might think) that the story's every detail is captivating, which allows the listener to build a better mental landscape of the story.
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This is a good follow-up to the earlier story that introduced Oliver as a companion travelling with Steven and the First Doctor (Perpetual Bond). Here, Oliver, Steven and the Doctor arrive in the Tardis onboard a satellite orbiting Earth very far in the future, scavenging from what remains of the Earth Empire. This part of the story leads into what really becomes the main point of the story: a struggle for life against the inexorable laws of physics, when the satellite is destroyed by those same laws. Will Steven and Oliver live? And what is Oliver's secret that he carried with him from 1960's Earth? And what does the future hold for the three travellers? Because by the end of this story, we know that there is more in store for them all.

Peter Purves does a great job again as his character Steven, and as the First Doctor - he gets the querulous but caring tone just right for William Hartnell's characterisation. Oliver is a great companion, and I hope he is here for a few more stories yet before we catch up to the continuity of the classic series in The Massacre. While I admit to getting a bit lost in some of the explanations that Steven gives around the mathematics and laws of physics in this story, I think a second listen to the story will set that to rights; and my mathematic failings do not detract from either understanding the story, nor the full enjoyment of it.

Bring on more Steven and Oliver with the Doctor I say!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deadlier than the Daleks 11 July 2011
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books that 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 done by a guest actor.

The stories are complete in two parts on a single disc with episodes ranging from thirty to five minutes in length approx.

This one sees Peter Purves return again to the role of Steven Taylor, who he played alongside William Hartnell back in the 1960's. And it's the second in a trilogy of stories which sees the Doctor and Steven pick up another travelling companion. Oliver Harper. A city trader from early 1960's London who joined the TARDIS because the police were after him. Not that he told his new friends his secret.

All this was covered in The Perpetual Bond (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles), but there's enough exposition in this so that those who haven't heard that will be able to get into it easily.

The story sees the TARDIS arrive on a large satellite orbiting a planet somewhen far in Oliver's future. As the Doctor and friends investigate the place they get a few surprises and find some rather ruthless alien businessmen at work.

But the arrival of the TARDIS has placed everyone on the satellite in peril. For space travel is a tricky business. A little extra weight can spoil every calcuation of how much fuel and air you might need.

And when something else happens a desperate fight for survival ensues. Because there's one force in the universe that's even more powerful than the Daleks. Something else that absolutely cannot be reasoned with.
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