This is the first in the latest batch of talking books called doctor who: the companion chronicles. each features an actor who played one of the doctor's companions in the tv show reprising their role, telling a story that's all new. they usually run from sixty to seventy minutes and each has one other voice actor in them.
the first in this latest batch features carole ann ford reprising the role of susan, the doctor's grandaughter, that she played on screen alongside william hartnell, the first doctor.
another usual characteristic of these is that the actor will, in trying to impersonate the other characters in the tale, manage an excellent take on their vocal mannerisms rather than a straight impression of what they sounded like. and that the story will excellently recapture the feel of that particular era for the show on tv.
it delivers on those fronts.
the story involves susan recalling an adventure when the tardis arrived on a strange spaceship from earth, with a very strange creature as it's captain. It is navigating through space by punching holes in the very fabric of the universe. but this is letting monsters from beyond into the universe, and the doctor is determined to stop them. and there's a strange man on the ship, whom only susan has met....
there are some good character moments in this, and a nice moral question at the middle of it also.
but it also comes back to an occasional fault of this range in that it's not as well paced as it could be. there are two episodes, each running to thirty five minutes plus, and frankly the length of them means they can struggle to hold the attention at points.
as a whole this rates a 7.5/10. the box says the running time is fifty mins approx, when it's more than twenty minutes longer than that. a bit better pacing, or perhaps making this a three parter, and it would rate 8/10 because it does have a lot of good points.
the end of the penultimate track has a preview [not a trailer. you'll see what I mean] of the next one in this range, and the final track has a short but fun interview with the cast and director.