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The Rocket Men (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Aug 2011

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844355810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844355815
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 14.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 April 2012
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This is another in the companion chronicles; in this instance Ian Chesterton tells a tale of when he, Barbara and Vicki, travelling with the First Doctor, are caught up in circumstances they could never have dreamed of. What should have been a pleasant and unexpected holiday on the planet Jobis becomes a nightmare when they are caught up in terrorism and piracy. And what can they, or the Doctor, do to save themselves or the planet?

This is one of the stand-out companion chronicles; the writing itself is so compelling that, together with the narrative supplied by William Russell as Ian (and voicing some of the other characters), you find yourself drawn completely into the story. The audio story is so beautifully crafted that you never find yourself missing any visuals that would have been available in a tv story.

The narrative changes from the present to the past (with shorter distances between the two, as the past becomes the present) smoothly; always there is a phrase or word that is used to link between the two narratives. Ian's character is perfectly crafted; slightly tetchy with the Doctor, protective and loving towards Vicki and Barbara; and terribly concerned to ensure the safety of his friends and companions. The other characters are also perfectly captured in this story, which seems to fit so well into the First Doctor era. This is one of those stories you find yourself playing through twice; not to understand it, but to enjoy once again the story and the marvellous telling of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Sept. 2011
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Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are talking books that see an actor who played a companion to The Doctor on tv return to their role in order to read an all new story for the character.

They usually last for two episodes of roughly half an hour each and are complete on one cd.

And the actor in question will voice all the parts save for one, which is done by a guest actor.

This one sees William Russell return to the role of Ian Chesterton, whom he played on tv opposite William Hartnell's Doctor back in the 1960's.

The story sees the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki visit the giant planet Jobis. A gas giant, which has floating cities high up in it's atmosphere. And giant whale like creatures flying around them.

These cities are a top holiday destination, and the TARDIS crew enjoy their time there. But when a tour boat is attacked by the Rocket Men, a group of interstellar pirates who move through the atmosphere of the planet using rocket packs, an act of defiance leaves them fighing for their lives.

The first few years of the show on tv were very ambitious at times. This recalls in some ways the story Doctor Who - The Web Planet [DVD] which tried to create a very alien world. You can imagine this one being done on tv at the time as well. Mostly via back projection and stock footage and men on wires. But that's all part of the charm.

The narrative structure of the two episodes isn't linear. It jumps back and forth between different moments in the story. This takes a little getting used to. And it does mean that not much actually happens in the first episode.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Le Quin on 17 Jan. 2012
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I am not a fan of having to listen to a story twice to convince myself I have understood or follow it correctly, but here it was well worth the listen. There are some Companion Chronicles that I understood the first time and are just too dull to listen to a second time for many years, but The Rocket Men is so engaging, sweet, dramatic and narratively clever that I was happy to invest the time with it - I really wanted to follow this story because it was so believable and interesting.

William Russell is a joy to listen to, and there are moments that bring a tear to the eye. I am not sure whether this is the emotion of the story or the joy that someone has finally tackled that burning issue so well which commenced nearly half a century ago.
The Hartnell stories are by and large some of the most interesting, daring and well-done of the Companion Chronicle range, even if they do command you to pay more attention than you do with other stories.

One of the most welcome additions to the Companion Chronicle Range; this Doctor Who story feels very special. The second actor has little to do in this story in comparison to some, but if Big Finish are going to do this from time to time, then they have picked the right actor to carry the additional material. I cannot wait for the next William Russell story.
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By Cyrus on 16 April 2012
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What a joyous, suspenseful and action-packed story this is - excellently written, and most important of all - brilliantly acted and performed by the wonderful William Russell - after all these many years - he's still got it! A top-notch job by Big Finish, with gorgeous, retro-sounding effects. The writer, John Dorney, captures the real feel of William Hartnell era Who. What a combination! Whooooshhh!
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By john on 15 Mar. 2013
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THE WAY THIS STORY HAS BEEN ARRANGED, WITH OUT OF SEQUENCE NARRATION, LET'S IT DOWN. I SUGGEST THEY REVERT TO THE USUAL FORMAT IN FUTURE. I THINK IT'S BEST NOT TO BE TOO CLEVER WITH THE TELLING OF THE STORY, IT JUST DOESN'T WORK VERY WELL WHEN IT'S OUT OF SEQUENCE. OTHERWISE A FAIR PLOT, THOUGH THERE ARE A FEW RATHER UNBELIEVABLE SITUATIONS, EVEN FOR DR. WHO!
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