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4.0 out of 5 stars Immortal Times, 15 Dec 2011
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This review is from: Dr Who Emperor of Eternity (Dr Who Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
I initially found this tale a little frustrating, because where so many actors and actresses retain the same or similar voice throughout their life, Deborah Watling's has changed considerably. Unfortunately I could not always believe it was a young Waterfield she was playing. However, that aside, Watling, playing alongside Frazer Hines enact a very good tale. It gets better as it goes along, and does compare favourably to the narrative of the time.

Some Companion Chronicles do not sustain their interest to the end, but this one did because it had a nice twist. It is quite appropriate too that the Doctor should be taken for an immortal. This series has the Doctor in a more incidental role, which therefore gives the companion more to do living up to the name of the range. The Emperor of Eternity is a tale of good concepts and a worthwhile listen. It is nice to have a short historical tale and very welcome to have a contribution from Nigel Robinson, who edited and contributed to the Target range of Doctor Who novels in the 1980s.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whom gods destroy..., 4 April 2010
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dr Who Emperor of Eternity (Dr Who Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are talking books featuring an actor who played a companion to the Doctor in the tv show returning to the role to read an all new tale for their character. The story is complete on one disc in two episodes of roughly thirty minutes each. And all parts will be read by the main actor save one which is done by another performer.

This one sees Deborah Watling return to the role of Victoria Waterfield, whom she played opposite Patrick Troughton's Doctor back in the sixties. Here, the Tardis makes a forced landing in ancient china. Right on the edge of a massacre. Meeting local people and taking shelter with them they come to the attention of the emperor, who has the Doctor taken to the imperial court. He hopes the timelord can give him the secret of immortality. Can Jamie and Victoria rescue the Doctor before the Emperor gets what he wants?

The other performer in this is Frazer Hines, returning to the role of Jamie. One slight problem is that it sounds like his lines were recorded at a different time because you never get the impression he's actually responding to Victoria's dialogue. However his lines are very good and well written and in character so if you can get past that then they work very well.

Where this story scores though is in the sound design. The beginning really convinces you that you're on the edge of a field containing lots of dead bodies and where the only living things are crows. Subsequent scenes involving rain and horse riders also do the same.

This is what they used to call a pure historical story at the time, in that the Tardis is the only science fictional element, and thus it follows the usual pattern those had of capture and escape and attempted non interference. A few interesting moral questions are raised but not dealt on as much as they perhaps could have been, but the first episode passes nicely thanks to the quality of the production and the reading.

And the second finishes nicely with a good plot development and some strong characterisation that makes for a thoughtful and subtle ending that could stay with you for a while.

Not the best in the range, but a tale that is definitely above average.

The last track on the disc has an entertaining interview with the Deborah Watling and the director, and the first has a trailer for the forthcoming next release in the range.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Gods Are Angry., 8 April 2010
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Being a huge fan of the Patrick Troughton era I always look forward to hearing a companion chronicle featuring his Doctor. The Emperor Of Eternity is an enjoyable enough release with Deborah Watling doing a superb job narrating the tale with able support from Frazer Hines. I have to admit Im not a huge fan of purely historical storys but Nigel Robinsons script is very well written and benefits from some excellent plot twists towards the end of the story. The sound track is absolutly superb especially in the scenes set on the Sacred Mountain with the echoing sound of crows giving an excellent sense of scale. The disk ends with an interview with Deborah Watling and director Lisa Bowerman lasting for around about 10 minutes.

While The Emperor Of Eternity is nothing spectacular it is still another very strong release in the Companion Chronicles series.
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