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. It doesnt feel like it breaks any new ground story telling wise, but the quality of the sound design which really makes you feel as if you're in a cold old stone citadel and the quality of david troughtons reading, which sounds very regal, means it's a very absorbing listen.
The second part is quite long compared to it, almost twelve minutes long, and it's during this that the plot really kicks in. all of which is seen from the king's perspective, and that's presented very well, as his mounting frustration with certain things build to a very believable character moment.
Added to which there's a nice surprise in that one supporting character - who will be familiar from the tv story - gets to do far more than you might have imagined possible.
Ultimately this doesnt break any new ground story telling wise, but it's a very pleasant and absorbing listen and worth getting for that.
The disc begins with a trailer for the next release in the range, and ends with ten minutes of interviews with cast and crew. well worth a listen, not least for some interesting anecdotes as to what the people in the monster costumes on the tv show go through.