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Dr Who the Time Vampire CD (Dr Who Big Finish Companion) (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Nigel Fairs
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 May 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1844354660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354665
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 12.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The creature from beyond time 31 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books that feature an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on tv returning to the role to read an all new story for their character. These are usually two part stories complete on one disc with the main actor reading the narration and doing all the voices save for one which will be done by a guest actor.

This one sees Louise Jameson return to the role of Leela, who she played opposite Tom Baker's doctor back in the 1970's.This is the third companion chronicle she'd done, following The Catalyst (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) and Empathy Games (Dr Who Big Finish Companions). The three form a loose trilogy, as an aged leela who is prisoner of evil aliens waits for death and tells tales of her past. But there's enough exposition in this that you don't need to have heard the other two in order to get into it.

The two episodes on this one run for roughly thirty five minutes each. Leela tells of how the Doctor decided to build a new version of K9 when the original began to act erratically [a bit of continuity that never really needed to be filled in] and how she and the robot dog encounter a strange etheral creature inside the TARDIS that sends them and the Doctor careering through time.

Thus the bulk of the first episode has them going all over the place into strange situations trying to understand what is going on. This could get confusing but it hooks the listener and makes you want to know what will happen next and what the ultimate explanation is.
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The television Doctor Who stories Underworld and The Invasion of Time have some great ideas, but are ultimately poor products because of production values and inconsistencies. The Time Vampire, therefore is perhaps cursed for being set between these two stories. There are some good concepts introduced in the first episodes (as with Underworld) but episode two becomes incomprehensible and perhaps needed to be visual rather than audio.

The author clearly admits in the interview afterwards that it was his intention for this story to be listened to more than once to fully understand it, however it just simply is not interesting enough to bother, unlike say later complex narrative stories such as Peri and the Piscon Paradox (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) or The Rocket Men (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles).

Louise Jameson is a talented actress and her narration and different accents are the only good thing you come away with from this. K9 is not liked by everyone, and this story will do no favours for the companion.

This is a story not to be recommended to newcomers to Companion Chronicles. I may have the fourth Doctor as my favourite and the only Doctor Who model in my lounge is a K9 one, but I think Big Finish need to forego any K9 stories for the next 5-10 years and focus on the Hartnell companions which in the last two years has proved very successful.

I want to give this story 2 stars, but it is from a weaker era of the programme, and perhaps ironically, there is some unintentional homage as this weak and incomprehensible story is just like The Invasion of Time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We ride together on the winds of time 16 Jun 2010
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In a story that sees our heroes investigating a tempera incursion Leela initially confronts a constantly changing face coming out of the console as featured in the cover illustration in a sequence that is a worthy precursor to the subsequent adventure. Leaving the confines of the TARDIS Leela and K9 encounter a group of tourists strolling around an ancient ancestral house. A seemingly innocent initial scene develops well with the sudden removal of the roof of the royal gallery hall and Tripods like machines appear causing chaos and death on those below. Now it is good having a knowledgeable tour guide on hand to convey historical details of the area with John Leeson doing worthy double duty as both K9 and the Dutch inflected tour guide Holland. Additionally I like the initial inclusion of orange haired woman tourist Vara which affords Louise to demonstrate her talent for rendering a believable Irish accent. The second episode takes our intrepid trio to an adjacent Znai sky city where the dramatic tension and excitement of this title strengthens greatly. Once again it is another impressively commendable performance by Louise Jameson whose measured emotively passionate vocal delivery to the scripted lines is an absolute joy. The main selling point naturally will undoubtedly be the first audio story appearance of K9 rendered by original vocalist John Leeson whom also succeeds in the ultimately chilling Holland. At 73mins in length supplemented by 5 mins of CD extras accomplished audio story writer Nigel Fairs has crafted another pleasing premise suitably embellished by worthy sound design and with two actors on such fine form this is certainly one of the strongest most satisfying Companion Chronicles titles you will find in the range. THE TIME VAMPIRE is a very enjoyable title that I unreservedly recommend you nab a copy of this impressive audio story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing end to the Leela/Z'Nai trilogy 10 Aug 2012
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This is the conclusion to the "Leela Trilogy" within the Companion Chronicles, and it follows the same general format that was used for "The Catalyst" and "Empathy Games". Set late in Season 15, at least in terms of the main story, the primary goal is to explain the framing device of the entire trilogy and bring Leela's story to a conclusion.

The most obtuse and irritating part of the first two stories in the trilogy was the framing device, so the fact that this audiodrama focuses so much upon it is a bit of a problem. Unfortunately, it's just the beginning. The entire story involves several characters moving through time out of order, so conversations are often confusing and hard to place in context, even after everything is explained. And because this is one of the Companion Chronicles, and most of the voices are done by Louise Jameson herself, it can be utterly baffling.

Adding to the confusion (and aggravation) is the presence of K-9. Not only is time spent trying to work this story into K-9's continuity, but his behavior is bizarre due to some reprogramming along the way. It just adds to the elusiveness of the plot. Once the titular "time vampire" arrives on the scene, towards the climax of the story, it becomes almost impossible to figure out just what is going on.

It does manage to bring Leela's story to something of a conclusion, far better than "The Invasion of Time" does, but it does so in a way that just isn't very clear. In fact, I'm not even sure that I know how her story really ends. Perhaps that was the intent, but if so, it still strikes me as a story that would have worked better on television, where the visuals could clarify what audio cannot.
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