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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who versus the Elements, 12 Jan 2010
This review is from: Frostfire (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
This, the fist episode of the Companion Chronicles features Maureen O'Brien reprising her role as the first Doctor's companion Viki, a space traveller from he future, who left the TARDIS after she fell in love with the Trojan hero Troilus, and departed to begin a new life in the ancient world as Lady Cressida. This story reveals that she misses the advanced world of the future, but she has a secret friend hidden deep underneath a temple in the form of the mysterious 'cinder'.

In the story that she recounts to the cinder, she recounts how, along with the Doctor and fellow companion Steven, she visited Regency London druing a bitterly cold winter. A frost fair is being held on the Thames, where they encounter novelist Miss Austen and a mysterious egg. Writer Marc Platt weaves an engenious plot, capturing beautifully the flavour of the early series of Doctor Who, and painting a very convincing picture of the period. He also writes Jane Austen very well, capturing her elegant but catty personality admirably well. She is just one of a rich and varied cast of characters that you can believe are really from the nineteenth century. At the same time, the science fiction element of the plot is very present, and the story is wonderfully creepy and tense, with enough humour to lighten it without tarnishing the effect. In short, the elements are beautifully balanced. Best of all, there's an ingenious time loop, making use of the legend of the pheonix in a very creative and effective way. Maureen O'Brien only adds to all this by reading the story beautifully. Her impression of William Hartnell is very good indeed, and it helps that Platt has captured his character perfectly. The plot threads are woven into a wonderfully satisfactory conclusion to an exciting, flawless and memorable narrative. Possibly the best of the Companion Chronicles that I have heard yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fire and ice, 14 May 2008
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Frostfire (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
first in a series of audio plays that feature actors who played companions to doctor who on tv, reprising their roles and telling stories - in the format of a talking book - of untold adventures for their character and the doctor.

This one features maureen o'brien as the first doctor's companion vicki. in this story she and the doctor and fellow companion steven visit london in 1814, and go to the last great frostfair on the frozen thames. they meet jane austen. and a deadly threat to the world.

And at the same time, years after she left the tardis, vicki is relating this as a tale to someone. who is imprisoned and desperate to escape. do the two stories tie together?

a wonderful listen. superbly read by maureen o'brien, this brilliantly recreates the atmosphere and style of 1814 london, and it's a great doctor who story in it's own right as well. things do tie together very neatly at the end.

It runs for an hour in total, over one disc, with two half an hour long episodes.

an excellent start to this range
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Companion Chronicles Debut Adventure, 18 Nov 2014
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Frostfire (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Frostfire (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles).
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Vicki, Steven
Main enemy: The Cinder
Main setting: Carthage, 1164 BC
London, February 1814
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Marc Platt
Director: Mark J Thompson
Release number: 1.1
Format: 2 episodes on 1 x CD
Running Time 60 Minutes

Extra.
Trailer For Fear Of The Daleks

Cast.
Vicki Pallister - Maureen O'Brien
The Cinder - Keith Drinkel

Trivia.
1)The Cinder mentions the Doctor's hearts.
2)Vicki notes that St Paul's Cathedral is still standing in the 25th century, after the Dalek invasion in the 22nd century & four World Wars.
3)The Doctor, Vicki & Steven Taylor are joined on this adventure by Jane Austen.
4)The TARDIS crew attend the 1814 frost fair on the River Thames.
5)The Cinder's timeline is a time loop, with its defeat bringing it into existence. The Cinder's existence is therefore a temporal paradox.
6)This story was the debut release of The Companion Chronicles range.

What's Up Doc?
Vicki has a tale to tell.
But where does it start & when does it end?

Ancient Carthage. 1164 BC.
Lady Cressida has a secret. She keeps it deep in the cisterns below the Temple of Astarte with only one flame for warmth & it must never get out.

Regency London, 1814 AD.
The first Doctor, Steven & Vicki go to the fair and meet the fiery Dragon, the novelist Miss Austen & the deadliest weather you ever did see.

But which comes first?
The Future or the Past?
The Phoenix or the Egg?
The Fire or the Frost?
Or will Time freeze over forever?

Timelord Thoughts.
Frostfire is the first Companion Chronicle audio adventure & while Big Finish haven't quite grasped the tone for this new range just yet writer Marc Platt delivers a solid intriguing script that includes an appearance by a famous author & captures the atmosphere of the First Doctor era magnificently adding a cracking pace throughout this enjoyable audio adventure.

Maureen O'Brien is back reprising First Doctor companion Vicki Pallister now Lady Cressida of Carthage & narrates this adventure with infectious enthusiasm & has fun playing all the characters in this play & captures the late William Hartnells mannerisms of "mmm"s excellently throughout while guest actor Keith Drinkel is superb giving a good performance in his role as The Cinder.

Frostfire is an exciting Companion Chronicles adventure from the brilliant mind of writer Marc Platt that features author Jane Austen, a fire-breathing dragon capturing the true spirit of The First Doctor, Platt concludes his story with a very clever twist & sets the bar high with whatever storys follow in this exciting new range & is a superb introductory audio adventure for this series.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well made for what it is, 31 Mar 2011
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Tony Jones "Tony" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Frostfire (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Unlike the main range full cast audios this is a single main actor (the companion) with one other voice. The companion narrates a tale from time with the Doctor and we have music and sound effects.

The story here is fun - London, Jane Austen, the first Doctor, mysterious weather and street urchins and good value
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