For me this Companion Chronicle just doesn't quite work. Having listened to most of it four or five times, I still don't really follow it. I have wasted time I could have been listening to the next 3-4 stories. I know you might think that this reviewer is daft, but I had listened to 6 Companion Chronicles (5.07-5.12) prior to this and fully understood them on just one listen. I also followed the related stories; Home Truths and Guardians of the Solar System.
Despite good sound effects and Marsh's wonderful tones, The Drowned World just doesn't get the story across in the right way as I am sure from the fragments I do follow that the story elements are good. The balance of narration, pace and lack of interaction of other characters are what I believe to be at fault. I feel I need a detailed plot synopsis to piece together my understanding.
Having listened to 32 Companion Chronicles (series 1,2,3 and 5) this is the first story I have not followed. It is probably better suited to textual fiction as some of the scenes are of not particularly interesting action just go too long whereby those words could have been put to better use. I like bits of this but am so frustrated that I cannot follow the complete narrative.
Recommended for 'completists' only because it helps to have some understanding of Sara Kingdom and to have listened to Home Truths (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
, but then most of the Companion Chronicle audience are 'completists.' This story acts as a reminder of how much harder going Companion Chronicles can sometimes be than the top notch monthly full cast audios.