- Audio CD
- Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184435623X
- ISBN-13: 978-1844356232
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1 x 14.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Rings of Ikiria (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Jun 2012
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Richard Franklin as Mike Yates is great in this; he sounds just like he did in the 1970's tv stories. His reading of the Brigadier (strait-laced, with a touch of humour) and the Doctor (at his dandified best) are really good; they all bring a smile to your face as you can visualise, through his voice, the figures themselves as we fondly remember them.
The story has no real suspense; what it is, and what it is best at, is a good old-fashioned "classic" Third Doctor story; UNIT, aliens, the Doctor at his best (with sonic screwdriver), and memories. Really recommended for anyone who enjoyed the classic era, and fondly remembers the old stories.
They will do all the voices save one, which is done by a guest actor.
The stories are usually complete in two parts of twenty five to thirty minutes each [approx] and presented on a single cd.
This one sees Richard Franklin return to the role of UNIT Captain Mike Yates, whom he played opposite Jon Pertwee's Doctor back in the 1970's.
The two episodes here run for thirty two and twenty six minutes respectively.
The story is set in between the TV stories 'Inferno' and 'Terror of the Autons' which means the Doctor has no female assistant. It's just him and UNIT. Investigating when a UFO lands on the channel island of Sark.
The pilot of the craft is an alien lady called Ikiria. Who makes great promises as to how she can help the human race.
It all seems too good to be true to Mike. And when his comrades seemingly fall under Ikiria's control, and the Doctor vanishes, it's all down to him to save the day....
At heart this is a story with a familiar plot. A character trying to fight off an alien influence as all turn against them. But it does offer some decent material which lifts it above average.
Richard Franklin has a very good reading voice and is good to listen to. The voices he does for the other main characters do take a bit of getting used to and don't sound much like the tv versions, but they're designed to show what the characters were like rather than be an impression. So in that respect they work very well.Read more ›
Nevertheless, what we do have is a very unspectacular story that unfolds over 60 minutes and leaves you wondering what was the point of it all. I found attempts at character development with regards to Mike fairly hollow. Richard Franklin's reading is perfectly adequate, although his portrayal of the Third Doctor is off the mark with an overdone lisp.
My problem with this story, like many in the range, is that it doesn't really feel like the TV show of the time and is just another in what is a ridiculously high output from Big Finish. They would do better to concentrate on quality as opposed to sheer volume of releases. Then I suppose mugs like me should stop buying the CDs.