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The Prisoner of Peladon (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Mark Wright , Cavan Scott
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844354261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354269
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 524,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cavan Scott is an author, editor, producer and pastry lover who lives near Bristol in the UK.

He has written novels, audio dramas, short stories and comic strips for such popular series as Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Warhammer 40,000, Adventure Time, Blake's 7, Judge Dredd, Highlander and Power Rangers.

He has also written children's novels, activity books, annuals and game guides for Skylanders and Angry Birds and non-fiction books for Doctor Who, Planet Dinosaur and Countryfile. His next non-fiction book, Who-ology, the Official Doctor Who Miscellany, was co-written by Mark Wright and will be published by BBC Books on 2 May.

When he's not writing, he produces audio dramas for Big Finish and has edited magazines for Future Publishing, BBC Magazines and the National Trust. In 2007, he launched Countryfile Magazine and has previously edited a large number of children's mags including Disney Big Time, Jetix and yes, even Disney Girl. He still writes for many titles including SFX and Doctor Who Magazine, but has yet to find a mag that will allow him to review biscuits.

Cavan lives with his wife, two daughters and an inflatable Dalek called Desmond. His hobbies include anything to do with James Bond, getting muddy in the great outdoors and writing about himself in the third person. He supports Bristol City football club and knows the secret identity of club mascot, Scrumpy.

He can be found on twitter @cavanscott. Come and say hello!

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4.0 out of 5 stars alien asylum 19 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
Latest release in the latest series of doctor who companion chronicles. These are talking books that feature an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on tv returning to the role for an all new story. They are complete on one disc and run for two long episodes. And they also include one other actor playing one of the characters, although the main actor does all the other voices.

But this slightly breaks the format as they did with earlier release Mahogany Murderers (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) in that it uses a supporting character from the tv show to tell the story rather than a companion.

This features david troughton reprising the role of King Peladon, who he played on tv opposite Jon Pertwee in 1972. Whilst this follows on somewhat from that story Doctor Who - The Curse of Peladon [VHS] [1963] you don't need to have seen that to be able to understand this.

The story involves the king telling someone a tale. A tale of when Peladon was taking in refugee Ice warriors from mars following a revolution there. following all the resulting political tension things only get worse when an ice warrior is murdered. but why at the same time is the king hearing noise from a long forgotten room in the citadel? is the myth about the prisoner of peladon real?

Lucky for him the doctor is back.

The first episode runs for twenty eight minutes and sets a lot of the plot up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not really a Companion Chronicle 5 Dec 2011
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Not strictly a Companion Chronicle in the first sense. There is not a Doctor Who companion telling the story or participating in it, but a notable character from one four-part story The Curse of Peladon. This is a Companion Chronicle in the other sense, a companion to the Doctor Who television chronicles.

Whilst we have not had a full television adventure without a companion to judge how the third Doctor would behave, here the author has a stab, an opportunity therefore to give us insight. Instead it rather detracts as the characterisation doesn't convince.

To a non-Who viewer, The Curse of Peladon is a well written story by more-than-compentent TV writer Brian Hayles, but less well executed because of the realisation of two creatures. One not so good creature (or its head) in a survival machine and one simply dreadful creature that is both awful in design and easily the worst voice in Doctor Who history. If this creature was a villain it would be deemed the worst, but it was not a villian. Unfortunately it appears in this story and the impersonation of the voice is very poor; but a very poor impersonation of a dreadful voice is two negatives and here the character is ironically more bearable than in the 1970s. The character is key to the plot so I can see why it is used, but frankly, some of the creatures in old Doctor Who annuals are better.

David Troughton deserves 5 stars, although a better use of him is in playing his father (Patrick Troughton) than as a one-off character. The format and plot themes are very similar to The Curse of Peladon, which whilst good from a familiarity point of view, something fresh would be just as welcome, as King Peladon, by his own rantings of never being told anything, is more two than three dimensional.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected pleasure 26 Nov 2009
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I was a little surprised to King Peladon as a character in the Companion Chronicles. Although the actor David Troughton (son of the 2nd doctor) has been a staple of the audios and has appeared in the simply AWFUL 10th doctor episode Midnight (he was pretty good in it) I saw absolutely no reason to repriese the character from a single appearance in 1971.

Big Finish didn't let that stop them and despite my surprise it works. We see a much older and wiser King Peladon dealing with the responsibilities of monarchy and federation membership. The plotting of the Martian civil war and it's effects on Peladon and the federation are well played. Troughton does Jon Pertwee fairly well and is acceptable as Alpha Centuri. Nick Briggs being Nick Briggs handles the various Ice Warriors smartly and Cavan Scott's story reinforces the existing the two 3rd Doctor Peladon tales and is enjoyable if predictable.

It is an interesting departure for the series but I don't know if it would work with other minor characters. True it was done with Mahogany Murderers (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) but I don't expect to see it again.

UPDATE: Forgot to mention that 5th & 6th Doctor companion Nicola Bryant directs. I don't know how important direction is to a project like this but it's a very good start for her.
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