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3.0 out of 5 stars deadly holiday, 24 Jan 2008
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This review is from: Helicon Prime (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
second in a new series of doctor who companion chronicles, which involve actors who played doctor who companions on tv reading out a talking book style story of an untold adventure for the characters. Like most of them, this runs for just over an hour, in two episodes. It's the turn of fraser hines here, returning to the role of jamie, to read a tale involving him and the second doctor. the two of them visit helicon prime, a luxury planet and a famed holiday resort throughout the galaxy. But their peace is rudely shattered by a murder. And the doctor investigates... To be honest the plot of this one is rather slight and the episodes do feel a little stretched at thirty minutes. but the pleasure comes from the style and the reading. the feel of a second doctor story is superbly recreated with many nice little touches that the fans will enjoy, and fraser hines is a very good reader to listen to. he also does an excellent impression of patrick troughton. The disc concludes with a short interview with him that is well worth listening to, and the last few minutes of the final track on the disc give you a chance to hear the score for the story all on it's own. Average story. excellent reader. so not bad.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dip in form!, 17 Jan 2014
This review is from: Helicon Prime (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
The second story of the Companion Chronicles series 2 promises a lot: a second Doctor adventure; the return of Frazer Hines to the role of Jamie and a murder mystery set on an alien holiday resort. Unfortunately, the tale is a little mundane and unlike the previous Companion Chronicles I found myself willing the pace and story to improve, particularly once the second episode was underway.

As others have mentioned, there is a lot to enjoy here. Frazer Hines does a wonderful impression of the Second Doctor, capturing his tone and mannerisms perfectly and as the story progresses, it's impossible not to picture Patrick Troughton reading out the story alongside Frazer's Jamie. Sadly, the slightness of the script is the major problem and if I'm being honest, I don't think this is one that I'll listen to again for some time. A brave mis-step from this promising range.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Mixed up Nonsense in - Where?, 12 Jan 2010
This review is from: Helicon Prime (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
This edition of The Companion Chronicles begins rather confusingly. The second Doctor's former companion Jamie wakes up after being hit on the head by something, which has jogged his memory enough for him to remember one of his adventures travelling in the TARDIS - the fact that he starts off a bit hazily is probably why the story is so unclear. The trouble is that the bit that is happening after the main events of the story is just as confusing as the actual adventure - if not more so. A murder mystery set on a spa planet might seem like a good idea, but not when it's so messed up and unexplained. From Jamie's point of view, you don't even get to see the body, and I might have missed something, but it's very unclear as to who this fellow is who's been bumped off. One thing I tend to like about the companion chronicles is that they recreate the flavour of the companion's era and give you a real sense that what's going on could be acheived with the effects from that period. Not so with Helicon Prime. It forces you to imagine that most of it is computer graphics, and gives the feel not even of modern Doctor Who, but more of Star Wars, though Star Wars makes more sense. The start of the plot is OK and even promising, and Jake Andrews does capture the character of Patrick Troughton's Doctor very well, but then he's pushed aside rather and just becomes an idle tourist gawping at famous names. It's true that he does manage to find out a lot more than Jamie, who spends most of this storty creeping up and down corridors and hiding, but he doesn't seem to put it all together the way the Doctor would. Mind you, he's probably just not admitting to Jamie that the plot has flummoxed him. It certainly flummoxed me. There are certainly a lot of impressive ideas, but they're wasted on a story that just doesn't hold together. Some characters come in that don't have anything to do with the plot and you wonder why they're there, and most of them get bumped off in various spectacular ways before you've really had a chance to meet them properly. At the end, you're not even sure who's murdered who, or indeed, who's done what. The story gets shakier and shakier as it goes on, and builds up to a very weak and ineffective ending that left me in a state of utter confusion - the story is on big, over impressive bang that goes out with a whimper. Maybe I just didn't pick up on a vital clue, but I won't be listening again to find out, and it doesn't alter the fact that the story has not real conclusion: you never really find out what happened. You don't even really know what is taking place in the past and what is taking place while Jamie is telling the story. It's a grossly overdone and almost surreal story that wastes such a good actor as Frazer Hines, who does a wonderful impression of Patrick Troughton. Sadly, it doesn't compensate such a lousy plot. In conclusion, I'd say that if you want a good murder mystery set in exotic, luxurious surruondings, don't bother with this mess. Go and read Agatha Christie's 'Death on the Nile'.
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