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The Drowned World (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Simon Guerrier
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844354245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354245
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 11.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 777,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars waterworlds 10 Aug 2009
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
first in the fourth series of doctor who companion chronicles. these are talking books featuring an actor who played a companion to the doctor in the tv show returning to their role to tell an all new story featuring the character. the format usually has one other actor doing the voice for one supporting character.

this one features jean marsh as sara kingdom, short lived companion to the first doctor back in the 60's. it follows on from earlier release Home Truths (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) but gives enough information that anyone who didn't hear that should be able to get into this.

home truths featured robert, a law enforcement man in a far future britain that has been flooded and has gone low tech and almost feudal. a man of high moral character, very well voiced by guest actor niall macgregor, he found a strange house where sara kingdom lives on. in a manner of speaking.

and without spoilers that's all you need to know to get into this. sara tells him tales of her time with the doctor. and in this story he's back to visit her, because there's one he wants to hear again. the tale of her trip with the doctor to an asteroid being mined by humans. when the rather strange native lifeform of this world fights back, sara is in the middle of a desperate struggle to survive, and is forced to confront a few things about herself.

this story is complete on one disc, containing two episodes both of thirty minutes duration. both have moments set on the alien asteroid and in future britain. in part one the latter is more interesting than the former.

but come part two things come together very well.
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the Companion Chronicles subplots 4 Dec 2009
By Peter Ingemi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sara Kingdom only appeared in one Doctor Who story and not even in every episode before she was killed off but she returns for the 2nd time in the Companion Chronicles adventure The Drowned World.

In the first adventure Home Truths (Not currently available at Amazon) we hear the tale of how Sarah visited the house that now contains a copy of her essence.

In the second we actually have two stories, we have the plot of the Robert from the first story returning to the house trying to deal with the situation as to if "Sara" should be allowed to live at the same time Sara tells tells another tale of her travels with the Doctor and Stephen.

The most amazing thing is that although the 1st Doctor story is interesting and fun the House story just blows it away. Author Simon Guerrier has written quite a few items for Big finish including The Prisoner's Dilemma (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) and The Key 2 Time: Judgement of Isskar Pt. 1 (Doctor Who) if this episode is any indication then they'd better time him down to a long term deal. If the solid writing isn't enough the chemistry between Jean Marsh and Niall MacGregor is SO good you know it would work with even an inferior tale.

If there is any objection I can give to this story it's that we are left with a cliffhanger and it will be at least one year before it is resolved.

If at all possible pick up Home Truths first but if that is not possible you still don't want to miss this one. Meanwhile I'll mark Guerrier as someone to watch.
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