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first in a new series of doctor who companion chronicles audios. these are talking books read by actors who played companions of the first four doctors on tv. They tell an all new story not heard or seen before, and they always have one other actor involved who will do the single other speaking role in the tale.

Like most of them, this one runs for just over an hour, in two half hour episodes, and has an interview with the main actor at the end of it.

This story involves steven taylor, companion to the first doctor, played by actor peter purves who reads this tale. In it the tardis arrives in russia in the summer of 1812, and steven the doctor and other companion dodo settle into an idyllic life staying on a farm in the russian countryside. but war is looming, as napoleon is about to invade. and so is another invader from beyond the stars. their peaceful summer is about to be rudely shattered.

This is very well read by peter purves who does a good impression of william hartnell, and whilst the story moves a little slowly at times you simply don't mind because the atmosphere it conjures up in creating the setting is absolutely superb and a pleasure to listen to. It's a good little story, well resolved in part two.

And the above mentioned interview with peter purves is very good and worth listening to. a strong start to the new batch of companion chronicles
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on 6 January 2014
The 1st story from series 2 of the Companion Chronicles, finds the First Doctor, Steven and Dodo arriving in the Russia countryside in 1812. Settling into a peaceful co-existence with the local villagers, the trio soon find their tranquillity threatened by the impending arrival of the French army and Emperor Napoleon (as he marches on Moscow) as well as an unwanted visitor from beyond the stars, lurking menacingly in the nearby woods.

Peter Purves, revisiting the character of Steven once again, does a wonderful job of recreating the pace and feel of the First Doctor adventures and as others have noted, does a very good impression of William Hartnell's Doctor. At just over 1 hour in length, this is a very enjoyable story and a great start to the new series of the Companion Chronicles audio collection.
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