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4.0 out of 5 stars feelings, 17 Nov 2008
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Empathy Games (Dr Who Big Finish Companions) (Audio CD)
latest in the series of talking books called doctor who companion chronicles. in these an actor who played a companion to the doctor in a story from the tv show returns to their role to read an all new story featuring the character. the reader will do all the voices in the story save one, which will be voiced by a guest actor. and the reader will usually do an impression of how the actor who played the doctor delivered their lines rather than the way they spoke.

the story in this one is read by louise jameson, who starred alongside tom baker's doctor in the mid 70's as his companion leela. the guest voice in this one is david warner, playing the leader of a strange alien civilisation.

the cd runs for roughly seventy five minutes. the story is in two episode of roughly thirty three minutues each, and the final track has a trailer for the next story in the range [but doesnt actually tell you what it's called or who is in it] and then a short interview with david warner and louise jameson about their work on the story. a good little interview, this, both guests being lively and good talkers.

in this story leela, years after she left the doctor, is reminiscing, and telling another person about a trip she made with the doctor to a world where everyone seemingly lives in perfect harmony. when the doctor is then attacked by a strange creature, leela ends up having to fight in a peculiar sporting contest. and discovering the hidden secret that makes the planet the way it is.

the first episode is interesting set up, and despite being thirty three minutes long rather flies by. the second has a lot going on for leela in the first half, which is very good but you may find yourself wondering exactly when the plot will move on. but don't get impatient because it does. the hidden truth of the planet is an interesting moral dilemma, and the story plays out nicely.

louise jameson has a very nice voice and it's great to listen to her reading this. listen especially for a nicely understated final scene when leela shows she's never forgotten the doctor. david warner also has a great voice and is a very good actor so the quality of listening here is very good indeed.

and unlike a few in this range this never felt overlong. both episodes were just the right length.

nothing special, but a good little doctor who story and a very good listen
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hunger Games This Isn't, 25 April 2014
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Timelord007 (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Empathy Games (Dr Who Big Finish Companions) (Audio CD)
Cd Info.
1xCd of a 2 episode adventure Running time 75 minutes approx.

Extras.
Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Actress Louise Jameson & Witer Nigel Fair's have co-written Julys Fourth Doctor Adventure The Abandoned.
2)Actor David Warner is a Big Finish regular having featured in a wide variety of Doctor Who Big Finish Audio Adventures including playing the Doctor twice in the Doctor Who Unbound range.
3)Leela references the false God Xoanon from The Face Of Evil.

Synopsis.
A older Leela who is imprisoned & trapped inside a prison cell of a dead race tells a tale of an adventure with the Fourth Doctor were after a Tardis malfunction the Fourth Doctor & Leela arrive on the planet Synchronis a planet of peace & civility.

But when the Doctor is attacked by a huge vicious creature & knocked unconscious that puts him into a coma, Leela is persuaded to fight in the upcoming Empathy Games were she discovers not everything is quite as it seems on the apparent peaceful planet of Synchronis.

Timelord Thoughts.
This latest Companion Chronicles story written by Nigel Fairs highlights the character Leela at her very best from her strength, Courage & survival instincts to her competing in the Empathy Games.

Writer Nigel Fair's gives Leela a superbly written audio adventure for actress Louise Jameson to sink her teeth into which she does with great relish.

This story's intriguing as it's told by an older Leela whos trapped & imprisoned telling the adventure in flashbacks, What does the story justice is Louise Jamesons excellent performance of her most iconic character as we really get into the mindset of Leela as we feel her fears humanizing her yet she faces adversity with strength of courage as she competes in the Empathy Games & slowly discovers the secrets of Synchronis.

David Warner is excellent as Co-ordinator Angel giving a mysterious enigmatic performance to the character that not all he seems, Warners performance is strong & superbly performed by this wonderful actor adding acting weight & gravitas to the play.

The story also delivers an emotional understated final scene as Leela recalls never having forgotten the Doctor which let's the listener know just how much of an positive impact The Doctor had on her life during her travels with him in the Tardis.

Great production values & interesting interviews with Louise Jameson & David Warner round off a excellent addition to the Companion Chronicles range.

Timelord Rating 9/10
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