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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two cities
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books which see actors 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 all the voices, save for one which is done by a guest actor.

The stories are usually complete in two parts on a single...
Published 19 months ago by Paul Tapner

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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit dull
Not one of the best tales to be honest. A bit confusing and slow in parts but 'Jamie' and 'Zoe' are good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two cities, 27 May 2013
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Apocalypse Mirror (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books which see actors 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 all the voices, save for one which is done by a guest actor.

The stories are usually complete in two parts on a single cd, with episodes running from twenty five to thirty minutes [approx].

This story sees Frazer Hines return once again to the role of Jamie, whom he played alongside Patrick Troughton's Doctor back in the 1960's. The guest voice is Wendy Padbury, reprising the role of fellow companion Zoe.

The two episodes of this story both run for just over twenty five minutes.

It sees the TARDIS land in the city of Tromesis. On Earth. But the city is a ruin. People struggle to survive. They have other problems as well, such as the strange metal birds called Hawkers who attack people. People who have visions of a gleaming utopian city.

There's also the matter of a large meteor headed their way.

Can the Doctor save a city that is seemingly doomed?

As those who have heard others in this range will know, Frazer Hines does an amazingly good impression of the Second Doctor, and it's always a pleasure to hear that. Wendy Padbury is used well as the guest voice, Zoe coming into the narrative at just the right moments.

This means this one has a little more dialogue than narration, and that is pretty effective. The first episode does set up the story nicely, portraying very well a dead city where the survivors are barely able to get by. It does threaten to become a bit of a run around for the last quarter of this episode.

But then it surprises you because the second episode is absolutely superb. The truth is revealed at just the right pace. None of it is what you might expect. It's all highly original. And there's a wonderful moral dilemma for the characters - and the listener - to consider. As to save the day, people have to confront something that's not very easy to beat.

This leads to a memorable little final scene that will stay with you for a while.

A fine re-creation of it's era, also an original and well acted piece of work, it's a very good entry in this range and well worth five stars.

There's a trailer for the next companion chronicle on the track after the end of part two.

And seven minutes [approx] of interviews with Frazer Hines and the director of the story on the two tracks after that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Second Doctor Companion Chronicle, 23 Nov 2013
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Doctor Who The Companion Chronicles: The Apocalypse Mirror.

Product Info.
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Jamie, Zoe
Main setting: Tromesis, Earth
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Eddie Robson
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Release number: 7.11
Format: 1 CD, 2 Episodes
Running Time 60 Minutes

Extras.
Trailer Behind The Scenes Interviews

Cast.
Jamie McCrimmon - Frazer Hines
Zoe Heriot - Wendy Padbury

Positive.
1)Frazer Hines, Who co- narrates & does a exellent interpretation of the Late Patrick Troughton.
2)The story by Eddie Robson is a very mysterious story which is a change from the usual base under siege.

Negative.
The plot is a bit of a slow burner which may not be to some listeners taste.

What's Up Doc?
The TARDIS lands in the city of Tromesis on Earth -- but it's a world far from the one that the Doctor, Jamie & Zoe recognise.
The buildings are ruined, the streets deserted & against the devastation they see a ghostly mirror image of another place -- the city as it was before disaster hit.

People vanish here, & huge metal birds attack from the sky.

Can the Doctor find the future, in a place that doesn't have one?

Timelord Thoughts.
Eddie Robson is a writer who has a knack of writing exellent Doctor Who & here writing for the second Doctor, Jamie & Zoe he deals a intriguing adventure.

The plot has the Doctor, Jamie & Zoe arrive on earth in the city of Tromesis were the city is in chaos as the city's are in ruins as it's inhabitants struggle to survive as they are being attacked by Hawkers strange robtic birds but why?

To make matters worse a meteorite is on a collision course for earth which will wipe out all life of the planet.

Can the Doctor & his companions save a city that is barely surviving & heading for Doomsday & why do they keep seeing a ghostly mirror image of the planet before disaster stuck Tromesis?

I enjoyed this story as Eddie Robson has written a great adventure & i like the build up to the second episode while it does go a little array it certainly delivers in it's last 15 minutes as the Hawkers pose are real threat & then there's that final scene at the end of this adventure you wont forget in a hurry.

Patrick Troughtons story usually were base under siege so i commend the writer for a refreshing intriguing adventure here as this is well narrated by Frazer Hines & Wendy Padbury who played companions Jamie & Zoe on tv.

A highly recommended Companion Chronicles audio release & Big Finish prove time & again that when it comes to Doctor Who audio adventures they produce top quality entertainment.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must buy for any dr who fan, 6 July 2013
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Frazer Hines and Wendy padbury playing Jamie and Zoe like it was yesterday.
An excellent story which takes you back to the 60`s.
Well done big finish
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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit dull, 20 Aug 2013
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Not one of the best tales to be honest. A bit confusing and slow in parts but 'Jamie' and 'Zoe' are good.
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