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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844353818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844353811
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1 x 12.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 596,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 July 2009
please note: this is a review of companion chronicles 3.12, the stealers from saiph. for some reason the amazon system is displaying one review of companion chronicles 3.11 on this page.

the stealers from saiph is the twelfth in the latest batch of companion chronicles, a series of talking books featuring an actor who played a companion in doctor who on tv reprising the role to read an all new story.

this one features mary tamm, who played the first romana on tv in 1978 opposite tom baker's doctor. there's a slight break from the usual format of these releases which generally have one other voice actor in them in that it doesn't occur here. mary tamm reads all the parts herself.

the story is complete on one disc. it begins with a short trailer for the next in the range, then two episodes that run twenty eight and thirty five minutes approximately, and ends with a fun and lively interview with cast and crew.

In this story - which is set after the final tv story in which this romana appeared - she and the doctor are holidaying in the antibes in 1929. Other guests at their hotel include an eccentric greek astologer who tries to warn the doctor of impending doom, and a few upper class people from britain. the style of the characters and the setting are like something out of an agatha christie novel. mary tamm brings them to life very well, and some excellent period style music heightens the effect.

most of the first episode, save for an encounter with a monster at the end, is not the fastest paced tale ever, but the atmosphere of the tale is enough that it doesn't really matter. it's a pleasant listen. but things change direction drastically in the last third of the story when the true nature of the threat is revealed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Nov 2014
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The Stealers from Saiph (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles).
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion: Romana I
Main enemy: The Saiph
Main setting: Antibes, France, the summer of 1929
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Nigel Robinson
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Read by: Mary Tamm
Release number: 3.12
Running Time 60 Minutes
2 - Episodes - 1CD

Extras.
Trailer
Behind the scenes interview

Trivia
1)According to the Doctor & Romana, there has been no unusual stellar activity in Earth's part of the galactic quadrant since the Great Comet of 1800. The comet appeared over Antibes in that year. The local peasants believed that it foretold of the end of the world.
2)Tommy Creighton is attracted to Romana but she is uninterested. Similarly, Madame Arcana is attracted to the Doctor. However, he tells Romana that she is "much too young for [him]."
3)Binky Blaine was reading a copy of Agatha Christie's latest novel but it was stolen from his room.
4)Lady Darlington's two brothers were killed in the Great War.
5)Romana is invited to Charleston by Tommy but she declines.
6)Professor Henri Chevalier's father & grandfather both made significant archaeological discoveries in the Mediterranean.
7)The Doctor refers to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

What's Up Doc.
It's 1929, the Tardis crew is holidaying in Antibes. While the Doctor practises his painting, Romana attempts to fend off the playful advances of young Tommy Creighton.

All is peaceful & idyllic except for the portentous warning of astrologer Madame Arcana, & the fact that personal items are being stolen from the hotel's guests.What is the secret of the cave on the beach?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M Evans on 1 Dec 2009
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..if not exactly earth-shattering. It's great that Mary Tamm has joined the range of companion chronicles as I always preferred her version of Romana and have long wished for further adventures with her character. She reads the story excellently, perfectly recapturing her Romana like she's never been away, and voices all the other characters too, which is quite a feat as there are a lot of them.(although her take on the Doctor is rather poor). The meditteranean setting in the 1920's is very nice, and the monsters are suitably repulsive. Great sound design and music too. The plot is rather lightweight and unremarkable however, and the story just sort of passes you by, but in an inoffensive way. It does, however, fit well into the context of the era of the show it's set in, which is pleasing. Let's hope we get more adventures with Mary Tamm's Romana, but hopefully with extra guest actors rather than having her do all the work.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By griffin on 25 Jun 2009
This is my favourite of all the Companion Chronicles released so far. Andy Lane has managed to recapture the spirit of Litefoot & Jago and write a very enjoyable release indeed. (Don't know who Litefoot and Jago are? Dash it, they're characters from Tom Baker's "Talons of Weng-Chiang" of course! )

I had heard good things about this release and was not disappointed. Christopher Benjamin and Trevor Baxter have remarkably recreated the chemistry between their two respective characters and the result is a delightful romp through Victorian England, with a doctor who-style twist of course. By Jove, get yourself a glass of porter, light the gas lamp and enjoy an hour's audio entertainment. It also includes 9 minutes of interviews with the cast and director/actress Lisa Bowerman, which show the fun had by all. Recommended!!!
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