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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Masterclass, 2 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: The Flames of Cadiz (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
The Flames of Cadiz (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Susan, Barbara, Ian
Main setting: Seville and Cadiz, Spain, 1587
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Marc Platt
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Release number: 7.07

Product Info.
2xCD
4 episodes
Running time 120 minutes

Episode Titles.
THE MORISCO (1)
THE JUSTICE OF GOD (2)
THE DOLEFUL KNIGHT
THE QUEEN'S PIRATE (4)

Cast.
Ian Chesterton - William Russell
Susan Foreman - Carole Ann Ford
Esteban Aribi - Nabil Elouahabi

Trivia.
1)In 1962, Barbara went on holiday to Toledo, Spain.
2)As a boy, Ian's hero was Sir Francis Drake. He has seen films depicting the Spanish Armada in which Drake was played by Errol Flynn & Queen Elizabeth I was played by Bette Davis or Flora Robson.
3)Ian was raised in the Church of England.
4)Father Richard finds a thruppenny bit in Ian's possession depicting Queen Elizabeth II, whom he mistakes for Queen Elizabeth I. The coin was minted in 1962.
5)In 1963, Ian lived in Fenby Street. His landlady was Mrs Russell, a reference to Ian's voice actor, William Russell.
6)The Doctor & Susan once used smoke bombs to escape from the Boxer Rebellion in Peking, China during the late 19th or early 20th century.
7)During her travels, Susan has met several kings and queens.
8)Cadiz is located 30 leagues from Seville

What's Up Doc?
The TARDIS materialises in Spain in the late sixteenth century., The country is at war with England & the time travellers find themselves on the wrong side of the battle lines.

When Ian & his new friend Esteban are captured by the Inquisition, the Doctor, Susan & Barbara plan to rescue them.

But these are dark days in human history & heretics face certain death...

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer Marc Platt simply throws the Doctor, Ian, Barbara & Susan in the middle of the dramatic events during the Spanish Inquisition which was a violent bloody time in Earths history adding great drama, terror, tension & claustrophobia that starts off with Ian's arrest for heresy who is sentenced for execution who then plans an escape while the later half of the story deals with the upcoming British invasion.

The characterisation of the shows regulars is excellent & shows Ian & Barbara have a great affection for one other & we hear lessons have been learned by the duo from there experiences in The Aztecs that you respect history or it will bite back, while the Doctor personality switches between the amusing wanderer to anger & intensity during the darker elements of the story.

The production is excellent throughout, actor William Russell continues to deliver brilliant performances on audio adding believability to his character Ian Chesterton while Carole Ann Ford acquits herself well as Susan who's character is less hysterical than the Tv episodes she used to featured in.

Overall, The Flames of Cadiz is a excellent atmospheric Companion Chronicle written with authenticity & features wonderful performances by the small cast & delivers a dark dramatic First Doctor adventure that doesnt pull it's punches with it's gruesome subject matter & is one of Big Finishes finest historical audiobook adventures to date.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars The holy terror, 12 Feb. 2013
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Flames of Cadiz (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books which see an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on tv return to their role to read an all new story for their character.

They do all the narration and the voices, save for one. Which is done by a guest actor.

They are usually two part stories complete on a single cd, with episodes of roughly thirty minutes each.

At this time each year, the companion chronicles do break the format slightly by bringing out a four part two cd story. Most of those have two narrators.

This story sees William Russell and Carole Ann Ford return to the roles of Ian and Susan, whom they played alongside William Hartnell's Doctor, right back in the early days of the show.

It's a four part story, and the episodes run from thirty to thirty three minutes each. [Approx].

It is in keeping with the style of it's era, because like a few tales from then, it's a purely historical one. With no science fiction elements at all.

At the start of the story, the TARDIS brings the four travellers to Spain. In the late sixteenth century. A country being subjected to the terror of the inquistion. And one at war with England. With invasion plans underway.

It's not a good place to be English. But Ian's innate sense of decency lands him in trouble and at the mercy of the inqusition. As his friends plan to rescue him and a man called Esteban whom Ian tried to save from danger, they are also well aware that Sir Francis Drake and his fleet are on the way to mount a raid. Ian idolises Drake. But there's an old adage: you should never meet your heroes...

The narration duties jump back and forth between William Russell and Carole Ann Ford. The initial changes are rather quick and you do take a moment to get used to that. But it quickly settles down. And the segments they narrate do become longer and longer. The first episode is rather scary. But not in the usual Doctor Who way of frightening alien monsters. The monsters here are humans. And the terrible things that fanatics will do.

The two narrators are very good at this and a pleaasure to listen to. The sound design and the very subtle incidental music do create a great sense of time and place.

But the fact that this is straight drama rather than the usual style of Doctor Who means that the second and third episodes aren't quite so gripping. Although they are subtly involving. There are just a couple of action set pieces in episode three that do grab.

The cliffhanger ending to part three is resolved in a delightfully unexpected way. But then everything does come together superbly for part four. Which features action, swordfights, some great character moments, and a splendid sense of being in the middle of history as it unfolds.

There's also one superb final plot development that you really won't see coming.

This is not the strongest story in this range - pure historicals aren't always to everyone's taste - but it is a splendid bit of drama that does try to do something a little different, and one which does recapture the style for which it is aiming. You might also learn a few things from it. It is well worth a listen.

There's a trailer for the next release in this range on the track right after the end of part four.

Plus just under ten minutes worth of the music from the story on the track after that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good story, 20 Aug. 2013
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A cool historical tale with the Inquisition! All the cast are very entertaining and the story is great!I prefer the original cast in good historicals.
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