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Dr Who Companion Chronicles the Suffering (Dr Who Big Finish) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Jacqueline Rayner
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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (28 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844354636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354634
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jacqueline Rayner is happy to write thousands upon thousands of words of fiction, but has just spent over an hour trying to think of something to say about herself for this biography. She has written books about Doctor Who, Merlin and other TV series, and even some books that aren't connected to TV series at all. She lives in Essex with her husband and twin sons, and spends a lot of time thinking of ways to raise money for http://letsdoitforme.blogspot.com/

About Quick Reads:

"I've been lucky enough to write two Quick Reads, Doctor Who: The Sontaran Games in 2009 and Doctor Who: Magic of the Angels in 2012. Quick Reads is a wonderful initiative providing short, easy-to-read books for people who struggle to find the time for longer works or find them daunting. They aim to open up the world of words for those who've forgotten or never knew how much fun reading can be.

"I have a special reason to love Quick Reads. A few years ago, during a particularly bad bout of ill health, I found myself too unwell to read. This lasted for several months, and as someone who has spent almost every spare second reading for as long as I can remember, it was incredibly frustrating. Then one day my husband came home with a copy of Chickenfeed, a Quick Read by one of my favourite authors, Minette Walters. Slowly, page by page in my sick bed, I managed to get through it. The realisation that reading wasn't lost to me after all is something I'll always be grateful to Quick Reads for."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I really want to give this story 5 stars, I know it is an important theme. But I think it is dragged out a little and could have been more concise. Where I have previously considered Peter Purves the best narrator of the range, I would retract that view for this one story because his rise-and-fall tones become part of every sentence, and just too predictable, although I prefer his disc overall.

The crucial story is very good. Neither narrator fully captivated me on this occasion forcing a relisten to most episodes. This is probably because the pace is just too slow as capable minds need more to keep them attentive. There are some nice scenes, and it is quite amusing at times. Purves does Hartnell beautifully so he should have done them on the second disc rather than have Maureen O'Brien impersonate a difficult-to-impersonate man.

Big Finish are certainly moving into more adult themes with series 4 and 5 of the Companion Chronicles. It does not bother me, but might affect some audiences.

A very good audio overall that perhaps should have been two long episodes, rather than 4 shorter ones. I don't like narrators needlessly padding my day out. When you listen to some other readings, the narrators are double speed at times trying to fit it in. The equivalent series five 4-episode story Peri and the Piscon Paradox (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles), also very adult at times, is an example of how a traditional four-parter is should be done, although I am would not want to encourage more than one a year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Votes for alien women! 16 Mar 2010
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Latest Doctor who companion chronicle. These are an ongoing series of talking books that usually feature an actor who played a companion to the doctor on tv returning to the role to read an all new story. They will do all the voices of the characters as well save for one which will be done by another actor. These usually run for two episodes of thirty minutes on one disc.

But like a few of them lately this one breaks the format because it has not one but two former companions reading the story and it's a four parter spread over two discs.

Peter Purves and Maureen O'Brien played Steven and Vicki opposite William Hartnell's doctor back in the 1960's. They return to their roles here for a tale featuring both their characters. This runs for four episodes spread over two discs, Peter Purves reading the bulk of the former and Maureen O'Brien reading the bulk of the latter. The episodes vary in length from thirty to thirty eight minutes.

The story involves the TARDIS arriving in Britain in 1912. A time of social unrest with the suffragettes campaigning for votes for women. And also that year the legendary Piltdown Man was discovered. Claimed to be the missing link in evolution, it was later exposed as a fraud.

Here, Vicki finds the Piltdown man skull and apparently falls under an alien influence. A creature from another world, a woman from a society where females were slaves to men, the creature hates men with a passion and wants them all dead. And on a planet where a battle of the sexes is raging and turning violent, the entire Earth could be in deadly danger as a result.

The narrative device of the story is that the two companions are recording a record of events after things took place.
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By Jonty
Format:Audio CD
This CD arrived in perfect order, unbelievably quickly and was an amazingly good price.

And now to the story on it itself: oh, that more women had written for "Doctor Who" over the years! The characterisations and the thought that went into this story were truly wonderful and made for something which - for me - is much more thought-provoking and enjoyable than endless special sound effects and explosions.

It was so great for me on a number of levels: the Piltdown element I greatly enjoyed. One of my friends reconstructed the skull of an Australopithecus Africanus and told me that it had taken him just ten seconds to tell that "Piltdown Man" was a fake!

My great-grandmother was a suffragist - someone we're immensely proud of in the family. It was really nice having a story which dealt with that period of British history and of the feelings that must have been there for millions of unenfranchised women all over the country.

And to have Maureen O' Brien, my all-time favourite female companion, reconstructing her character Vicki alongside the wonderful Peter Purves whose imitation of William Hartnell is a joy to listen to.

And the backroom chats with the actors about what life was like working on "Doctor Who" in the 1960s, right down to which restaurant William Hartnell used to take Peter Purves to lunch to (as Peter was one of Mr. Hartnell's "likes" rather than being on his long list of "dislikes" lol!) were all priceless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Suffering Here 18 April 2010
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It is nearly 45 years since Maureen O'Brien and Peter Purves first played these roles, yet they sound no older than when they appeared in black & white! That is the main delight of this story, and they fitted together as though they had never left the show. Having two narrators necessitates splitting the story into two - Vicki's & Steven's - with them being rendered asunder early on and only reuniting towards the end.

Unfortunately the plot, starting very much like an old Quatermass story, does not hold together as stongly as the cast, with the idea of joining an alien entity with the suffragete movement feeling very forced. There are some lovely points, such as Steven and a skeleton on a London omnibus, and Vicki becoming involved in a suffragete riot in London. And both manage to convey the First Doctor's endearing mixture of gruffness and curiousity.

If you enjoy William Hartnell's version of the Doctor, then this is an enjoyable 90-odd minutes, which nicely filled a midweek drive back down the M1. Otherwise, a decent idea that doesn't quite fulfill its potential.
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