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5.0 out of 5 stars Pause. Rewind. Playback, 10 Nov 2013
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ghost in the Machine (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books that see an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on TV return to the role, to read an all new adventure for their character.

They do all the voices save one, which is performed by a guest actor.

The stories are usually complete in two parts, of twenty five to thirty minutes each, and come on a single cd.

This one sees Katy Manning return again to the role of Jo Grant, whom she played opposite Jon Pertwee's Doctor back in the 1970's.

The two episodes both run for just over thirty one minutes [approx].

The story sees Jo come into the TARDIS console room. Only to find no sign of the Doctor. Outside the doors, she fins herself in a place where something terrible has clearly happened. And a log recorder, with the words 'Use me' on it.

As she records her investigation into the place, and her hunt for the Doctor, onto the recorder, she slowly becomes aware of something very dangerous lurking in the shadows. And of something that isn't quite right...

It takes a moment or two at the beginning to get used to Jo talking to herself, but it does feel in character. And when she has the recorder, it then works perfectly.

This grips from the beginning, though, because you are as much in the dark as Jo is as to what is going on. Her investigations and the gradual unfolding of the truth are involving because of that.

The episode is a long one simply because the nature of the threat is gradually revealed, via a few moments that might make you go 'oh! hang on a minute!'. All this is subtly done and unsettlingly scary because of that. Once you do realise the full horror of the situation, it does make for a very effective cliffhanger.

How things are resolved in part two is decidedly clever. With some superbly original ideas. You do need to concentrate fully on the episode as there's some clever stuff going on. But that makes it all the more worthwhile.

Scary, clever and very original, it's an excellent release. And well worth a listen.

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

And just over ten minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the two tracks after that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling Companion Chronicle Adventure, 31 Oct 2013
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ghost in the Machine (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Positive.
Jonathan Morris chilling script brings a fresh take on this type of adventure.
Katy Manning as Jo Grant acting shines through in one of her best written story's to date.

Negative.
60 minutes doesn't do justice to this great adventure.

Audio Info.
1 CD 2 episodes Running Time 60 minutes, Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

Review.
The Tardis is empty, The Doctor is missing & all companion Jo Grant has is a Log Recorder with a note that reads "Use me".

Jo Grant ventures outside The Tardis to discover The Doctor is lying Frozen, In this adventure Jo's all by herself.

Jo Grant steps into the unknown with her Recorder logging event's but was is exactly is out there lurking in the shadows? Or within a tape machine?

Without a doubt this is one spooky adventure that Big Finish have commissioned & showcases the acting range of the wonderful Katy Manning.

Sorry but that's all your going to get as to say anymore on this story would do Jonathan Morris excellent script a disservice as this audio is a wonderful chilling Companion Chronicle.

Katy Manning gives one of her best performances of Jo Grant on audio to date showcasing fear & bravery in her character making Jo genuinely brave & worthy of being a Tardis companion of the Third Doctor.

This is a excellent addition to the Companion Chronicles range & a highly recommended audio release.
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