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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844353796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844353798
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Oct 2014
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The Magicians Oath (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles).
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companion: Jo Grant
Featuring: Brigader Lethbridge Stewart, Captain Mike Yates, Sergeant Benton
Main enemy: Diamond Jack
Main setting: London, the 1970s
Writer: Scott Handcock
Director: Nigel Fairs
Music: Jamie Robertson
Release number: 3.10
1xCD
2 - Episodes
Running time 60 minutes

Extras.
Trailer
Behind the scenes interviews

Cast.
Mike Yates - Richard Franklin
Diamond Jack - Michael Chance

Trivia.
1)This story is set amid the "freak weather conditions" that occurred around the events of (TV: The Claws of Axos).
2)Mike comments that UNIT "doesn't even mean the same thing anymore," referring to the fact that its name was changed from "United Nations Intelligence Taskforce" to the "Unified Intelligence Taskforce." (TV: The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky).
3)Diamond Jack refers to Jo's uncle, a senior figure in UNIT. (TV: Terror of the Autons).
4)Diamond Jack refers to the fact that the Doctor was exiled to Earth by the Time Lords. (TV: The War Games, Spearhead from Space).

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A heatwave in July & a tube train is discovered buried in twenty inches of snow. A Saturday afternoon in Hyde Park scores of people are instantly frozen to death where they stand while the sun beats down from the sky. Freak weather conditions in London & the Third Doctor and UNIT are called in to find the cause.

Meanwhile, a street magician, who was witnessed at the scene of the tragedy, entertains crowds in Covent Garden. As Jo Grant & Mike Yates disobey orders and investigate alone, they discover an enemy wth terrifying powers & they may not live to share his secrets...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 May 2009
Tenth in the latest series of doctor who companion chronicles. These are a range of talking books that feature an actor who played a doctor who companion on tv returning to the role to read an all new story for their character.These feature the actor in question reading the tale and doing all the character voices [spoken as their character would do it rather than impersonating the other character themselves] save one, which is done by another actor.

These stories are complete on one cd and have two episodes running for roughly thirty five minutes each. They end the disc with a short interview with the main actor and a trailer for the next in the range.

This one features Richard Franklin returning to the role of UNIT Captain Mike Yates, who he played opposite Jon Pertwee's Doctor back in the seventies. In this story strange weather is affecting London and when people are frozen to death in snow in Hyde Park on a hot summer's day, UNIT and the Doctor investigate. They find the cause to be a strange magician called Diamond Jack. His powers are seemingly more than mere illusion. But investigating Jack pushes him too far, and leads to a desperate confrontation atop a London landmark...

This is a story that very much fits the style of it's era, although some of the set pieces would have been hard to realise on a tv budget of the time. But on audio they work superbly. The narration is very evocative in describing the Hyde park scene, and you won't forget it in a hurry.

Guest actor Michael Chance turns in a very strong performance as Diamond Jack, who gets a memorable speech about how little he knows about the Doctor. He's really very scary at times also, particularly at the end of part one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 27 April 2010
Richard Franklin returns as Captain Mike Yates, narrating an audio adventure in which the 3rd Doctor, Jo, Yates and the Brigadier investigate a mysterious magician at the centre of a series of freak freezing conditions sweeping London.

When it comes the ultimate alien explanation for the strange goings-on is fairly well-worn Doctor Who material, but writer Scott Handcock throws in a few twists to keep things interesting. Where this story really scores however is in its evocative sense of mood, and the way in which Yate's melancholy character is explored.

Great stuff for fans of Doctor Who's UNIT years.
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A good story that brings many of the elements of the Pertwee era back to life. Big Finish productions are always really good at that, they hit the right tone of a particular era. The story is good but there are better ones out there.
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One of Big Finish's popular Doctor Who audio ranges is The Companion Chronicles, which focuses primarily on the adventures of the first three Doctors, as these Doctors are no longer with us. Rather than full-cast audio dramas, these adventures take the form of a two-person performance, with one of the Doctor's companions narrating an "unseen" adventure with a second supporting character taking part. They tend to be shorter than the Big Finish's full cast audios, with two half hour episodes on one CD.

This release, The Magician's Oath, is narrated by Richard Franklin, who played Captain Mike Yates, one of the companions from the Third Doctor's era. The second voice actor is Michael Chance, who plays Diamond Jack. This story takes place during the present day with Yates reflecting on past events that occurred during the Doctor's exile on Earth when he was enlisted as UNIT's scientific advisor. As well as voicing Mike Yates, Franklin also manages to portray the Third Doctor, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Jo Grant - each with their own vocal style. I particularly liked his Lethbridge-Stewart!

The story begins when UNIT are called in to a bizarre scene - during a July heat-wave, scores of people in Hyde Park are instantly frozen to death under the summer sun. The only lead that the Doctor and UNIT have is that of a street magician who was witnessed at the scene of the tragedy. The Doctor dismisses this as a credible theory, leaving Jo Grant and Mike Yates to disobey orders and investigate him alone, but what they discover is far more terrifying than they could have expected...

The concept of people being frozen alive during a summer's day was very intriguing and drew me towards buying this audio.
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