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4.0 out of 5 stars A world at war
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 the role to read an all new story for their character.

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

The stories are usually two parters, complete on a single cd, with episodes of...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Longwinded and unconvincing
On the plus side it is great to hear Peter Purves again as Stephen, and his impersonation of William Hartnell is particularly enjoyable. Sadly he is let down by the script which rambles on at length. Years pass in the course of this story, so that when our heroes meet up again it all seems massively contrived. Not one of Big Finish's best efforts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A world at war, 27 April 2014
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This review is from: The War to End All Wars (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 the role to read an all new story for their character.

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

The stories are usually two parters, complete on a single cd, with episodes of twenty five to thirty minutes in length. [Approx].

This one sees Peter Purves once again reprise the role of Steven Taylor, whom he played opposite William Hartnell's Doctor back in the 1960's.

The story has two episodes of both thirty two minutes in length [approx.].

The story starts many years after Steven left the TARDIS, at the end of tv story 'The Savages', in order to become leader of an alien civilisation. There are some continuity references to that in this. But anyone who listens to this will probably be familiar with that story, so it shouldn't be a problem.

Steven is now the deposed King of that world. He shares his story with a girl who wants to know more about what he's done an why.

He tells her the tale of a visit he, the Doctor, and Dodo made to a strange world. Where they were quickly arrested and separated. And where he found himself in an army, fighting a seemingly never ending war. Where his efforts to change things led to some surprising discoveries...

As anyone who has listened to his other releases will know, Peter Purves does a brilliant vocal version of the first doctor, which is always great to listen to. The Doctor doesn't actually feature too much in this story, though, so you don't get to hear too much of that. But his take on Dodo's accent is very good.

This story takes a little getting used to, because the framing story does reference events in Steven's time as leader, which of course we have never seen or heard in any other stories. And then when you're into the main plotline things do happen quickly at first, and it covers a big timespan in a short while.

But once you get into that it does get interesting, as Steven finds himself in the middle of a conflict that could have come out of something by Orwell or Kafka. The notion of a person caught up in a conflict where many things about it aren't clear is quite potent, as are the efforts he makes to try and do something about it.

The bulk of this is good character drama centring around that. Then the main story is resolved, in an interesting manner. Although it's one that Steven doesn't really get to play a part in. Which initially seems like a slight stumbling block.

However the way the writing then ties this in with all that we're heard so far, and explains a lot about things Steven has done, is quite superb, making the entire two parts a good strong character drama all about this man and why he has made certain choices that he has.

One little plot point is left unresolved though, which leads to part two ending on a very good cliffhanger.

Whether we will ever get back to that remains to be seen, as the companion chronicles will end - at least for now - after the next two releases. As releases go, this one is very good, and is well worth a listen.

A trailer for the next release is on the penultimate track of the disc.

And there's a nine minute long interview with the writer on the last track. Which is as much about the range as a whole as this one release, and thus makes for a good listen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars War, What Is It Good For, 21 April 2014
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This review is from: The War to End All Wars (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
CD Info.
1xcd of a 2 episode audio adventure, Running time 60 minutes approx.

Extras.
Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Director Lisa Bowerman is better known as Bernice(Benny)Summerfield.
2)Part of this story takes place after First Doctor tv adventure The Savages.
3)It's revealed Steven has 3 daughters in this play.

Synopsis.
Many year's after traveling in the Tardis with the Doctor, Companion Steven Taylor reflects on his life during & after his departure from the Tardis as Steven revisits a story of how he survived a great war from his prison cell to a mysterious visitor a girl named Sida.

The story Steven tells is of a whole world at war on the Planet Comfort were Steven is seperated from the Doctor who is classed as a subversive & taken prisoner to be executed.

Steven & Dodo & are of age to fight & are trained as a soldier's as they battle in the trenches in a long & brutal war, Steven awaits an opportunity to escape while making some shocking discoveries about the dangerous threat they face in battle.

Steven's training here stands him in good stead against the Elders in the near future Doctor adventure yet this bloody war seems to have took it's toll & psychologically scarred Steven for life.

Why is Steven recalling this story to a mysterious girl named Sida?, What is her connection to Steven & just why was he disposed as King?

Timelord Thoughts.
Ths story by writer Simon Guerrier features two tales about Stevens past life travelling with the Doctor & his present day situation as he's confined to a prison cell taliking to a mysterious visitor named Sida.

Simon Guerrier delivers a interesting tale detailing events in Steven's life after leaving the Doctor & Dodo Guerrier reveals more about the aspects of Steven's character we find out he has 3 daughters the youngest of which is named after his former time travelling companion Dodo & how his character has matured during his adventures with the Doctor effecting Steven to have a wider responsibility to others he will help.

This adventure builds up pace nicely keeping the viewer enthralled throughout, The climatic cliffhanger is a masterstroke that raises the stakes for hopefully a further adventure.

As the Companion Chronicles reach there end this series isn't slowing down as this range delivers quality storytelling with one of Doctor Who's most underrated companions.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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2.0 out of 5 stars Longwinded and unconvincing, 1 July 2014
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On the plus side it is great to hear Peter Purves again as Stephen, and his impersonation of William Hartnell is particularly enjoyable. Sadly he is let down by the script which rambles on at length. Years pass in the course of this story, so that when our heroes meet up again it all seems massively contrived. Not one of Big Finish's best efforts.
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