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4.0 out of 5 stars The Brig Gets His Own Compainion Chronicle.
Update 9th May 2014, This review is now dedicated to Big Finish Administrator Paul Spragg who was a genuine kind hearted guy, Doctor Who fan & a Big Finish legend who sadly died yesterday, Gone but never forgotten Paul, rest now my friend.

Positive.
The late Nicholas Courtney who always delivers superb performances on classic Who & audio.
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3.0 out of 5 stars fireside chat
third in the latest series of doctor who companion chronicles audios. these involve an actor who played a companion on tv to one of the first four doctors playing the part once again, reading a talking book featuring a new story for their character and the doctor. There is always one other speaking part in the story.

This runs for sixty minutes, in two thirty...
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3.0 out of 5 stars fireside chat, 4 Feb 2008
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This review is from: Old Soldiers (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
third in the latest series of doctor who companion chronicles audios. these involve an actor who played a companion on tv to one of the first four doctors playing the part once again, reading a talking book featuring a new story for their character and the doctor. There is always one other speaking part in the story.

This runs for sixty minutes, in two thirty minute long episodes, and involves nicholas courtney, the brigadier on screen, telling the story of a strange encounter the brigadier had in germany when visiting a castle used as a UNIT base there, which turns out to be haunted.

The story is framed with the brigadier sitting down, pouring himself a glass, and then telling the listener the tale. this is a nice touch and added to nicholas courtneys superb voice it makes it a real pleasure to listen to. like all these stories the lead actor has to impersonate the doctor, and it tends to come over more like the character doing that than the actor, but his take on jon pertwee's voice works fine.

toby longworth the other speaking voice does two different roles, which both could sound rather similar, but he's talented enough to make them different so you are never confused.

This is a good but not great story. It has a good set up in part one but then part two plays out in a rather predictable fashion, although the climax is pretty powerful stuff, and there are a few moments that hardcoe doctor who fans will enjoy.

the final track on the disc is a short interview with nicholas courtney that is well worth listening to, then ten minutes or so of the score to the tale with no dialogue to get in the way.

An okay story. but a very good listen
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Brig Gets His Own Compainion Chronicle., 8 Nov 2013
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Old Soldiers (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Update 9th May 2014, This review is now dedicated to Big Finish Administrator Paul Spragg who was a genuine kind hearted guy, Doctor Who fan & a Big Finish legend who sadly died yesterday, Gone but never forgotten Paul, rest now my friend.

Positive.
The late Nicholas Courtney who always delivers superb performances on classic Who & audio.
This is a great UNIT story by writer James Swallow.

Negative.
I'd have prefered this to be a full cast adventure with John Levine as Benton & Richard Franklin as Captain Mike Yates.

Trivia.
This is the only other Companion Chronicles Nicholas Courtney did the other is The Companions The Specials.
Toby Longworth has voiced many Big Finish characters but is best known as the audio voice of Big Finishes Judge Dredd in the 2000AD releases.

Review.
This is a great adventure for the Brigader as Nick Courtneys reprises the character of Brigader Lethbridge Stewart whom has long retired from UNIT HQ, Here he reminisces about a past adventure which is set in between The Silurians & Ambassadors of Death.

The Brigader visits an old friend named Konrad who is dying from a mysterious disease & asks his old friend if he'll visit UNIT headquarters in Germany a huge castle in Kriegeskind assisted by his servant the elusive Schrader.

But mysteriously strange occurrences are going on in Kriegeskind Castle were strange paranormal events are taking place as dead Roman & Nazi soldiers are
preying on victims whom are staying at the castle.

The Doctor & Brigader decide to investigate the mystery but will they surive these ghostly attacks of the old soldier's & just why is Konrads assistant Schrader acting so very elusive?

This is a superb adventure that writer James Swallow has written superbly capturing the Third Doctor & UNIT era.

Nicholas Courtney is on great form who also voices the Doctor in this play quite well capturing the mannerisms of the late Jon Pertwee.

This is a typical UNIT adventure that has plenty of action & a intriguing mystery.

My only gripe is I'd have prefered this as a full cast adventure adding actor's John Levine as Benton & Richard Franklin as Yates to the play making it a return of the UNIT gang & could've been a great introduction to Mike Yates character.

But all in all a exellent adventure featuring one of Doctor Who's greatest allies & a Doctor Who legend in the late great Nicholas Courtney.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Brigadier takes the Spotlight, 7 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Old Soldiers (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
One of Big Finish's popular Doctor Who audio ranges is The Companion Chronicles, which focuses primarily on the adventures of the first three Doctors, as these Doctors are no longer with us. Rather than full-cast audio dramas, these adventures take the form of a two-person performance, with one of the Doctor's companions narrating an "unseen" adventure with a second supporting character taking part. They tend to be shorter than the Big Finish's full cast audios, with two half hour episodes on one CD.

This release, Old Soldiers, is narrated by Nicholas Courtney, who played Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, one of the companions from the Third Doctor's era and senior member of the UNIT task force. The Brigadier is one of my favourite Doctor Who supporting characters so I was looking forward to hearing this, the only companion chronicles release made before Nicholas Courtney died in 2011.

The story takes place shortly after the TV serial, The Silurians, and deals with the aftermath of the Brigadier's decision to blow up the Silurian base at Wenley-Moor and how it affects both his relationship with the Doctor and his decisions in this story. I really liked how the writer, James Swallow, made use of the continuity of the TV show in his story and added an extra layer of depth to the Brigadier, allowing us to see the repercussions of that decision in a way we had never seen before.

The Brigadier is summoned to UNIT base in Germany located in the castle grounds known as Kriegeskind by an old army friend, Heinrich Konrad and is shocked to find him stricken by a mysterious disease. His second-in-command, the evasive Schrader proves most unhelpful in supplying the Brigadier with the details that led to Konrad's condition. Things take a more sinister turn however when midway through the night, the Brigadier awakes to narrowly miss a blade from a Roman Soldier cutting his pillow in two. It seems that the ghosts of Old Soldiers haven't taken form within Kriegeskind and are haunting those who occupy its walls.

I liked this story as it gave the Brigadier most of the focus, even after the Doctor appears on the scene. Nicholas Courtney manages to do a pretty effective Jon Pertwee impression, something he discusses in depth in the bonus track interview, but only uses it sparingly, often referring to the Doctor's lines in the character of the Brigadier, however when he does switch to the Doctor's voice, it captures many of his little quirks, such as the faint lisp and curtness of speech. I was very impressed!

Toby Longworth plays both Schrader and Konrad, who sound similar, although Konrad spends the majority of the audio-play gasping for his words, so it's never tricky to differentiate between the two. At first, I thought the fact Longworth played both characters hinted at a link between the two - possibly two halves of one man, or some kind of descendent, however it seems it was mainly because there wasn't much for both characters to do, so they combined the roles for the versatile voice actor.

Overall, this was a fun audio adventure, which told a nice two-parter and filled in some extra detail on the Brig's personality, particularly in those early Third Doctor adventures when he and the Doctor were at their most 'prickly'. The actual threat is quite visual and while one listens, it is easy to picture the action occurring with the recognisable images of ghostly Roman Soldiers and Nazi Officers roaming around an old castle. I'm not sure whether it would have been successful as a TV serial, but I think any fan of the UNIT era of Doctor Who will love this story!
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