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4.0 out of 5 stars Familiar voices, unfamiliar times
This story has echoes that reverberate right back to 1964 with the Dalek Invasion of Earth. Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter, left him then, and stayed on an Earth ravaged by the Daleks to be with David Campbell.

In this story, the Doctor, still Grandfather to Susan, returns to England to see Susan, as he is concerned about what she may be involved in. Here,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Doctors Family Reunion
Doctor Who: A Earthly Child.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion: Susan Campbell.
Introducing: Alex Campbell.
Main enemy: The Guldreasi.
Main setting: London and Bristol, the late 2190s.
Writer: Marc Platt
Director: Nicholas Briggs.
Release number: 7.
Format: 1 CD - 60 Minute Episode.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Familiar voices, unfamiliar times, 5 May 2011
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Keen Reader "lhendry4" (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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This story has echoes that reverberate right back to 1964 with the Dalek Invasion of Earth. Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter, left him then, and stayed on an Earth ravaged by the Daleks to be with David Campbell.

In this story, the Doctor, still Grandfather to Susan, returns to England to see Susan, as he is concerned about what she may be involved in. Here, he meets also his great grandson, Alex, who is definitely getting mixed up in Earth politics - and more? Earth is slowly being rebuilt - technology is feared, those on the Moonbase are unable to communicate with Earth, and aliens are feared - anyone over 35 years of age still remembers the Dalek Invasion and what it was like. So Susan, while holding a respected position as regards the Earth Council, treads a fine line; particularly when it appears that aliens are approaching Earth again. But who are they, and what do they want?

This story is extremely intriguing in that we, as viewers and listeners of Doctor Who for many years, know so much more of the Doctor's adventures and where the time, for him, has gone, than Susan does. For Susan only twenty or so years have passed; for the Doctor so many people, places, times. So there is a touch of poignancy in the story that underlies the current action. It is a good `time and place' setter, if you will - it sets up stories for the Doctor to interact with his grand-daughter and great-grandson from now on, and it gives a nice sense of placement for the listener, hearing old familiar voices and giving a sense of familiarity to those of us who fondly remember the `classic' Doctor Who. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Doctors Family Reunion, 25 July 2014
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This review is from: An Earthly Child (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who: A Earthly Child.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion: Susan Campbell.
Introducing: Alex Campbell.
Main enemy: The Guldreasi.
Main setting: London and Bristol, the late 2190s.
Writer: Marc Platt
Director: Nicholas Briggs.
Release number: 7.
Format: 1 CD - 60 Minute Episode.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann
Susan Campbell - Carole Ann Ford
Alex Campbell - Jake McGann
Holly Barrett - Sheryl Gannaway
Marion Fleming/Hope - Leslie Ash
Faisal Jensen/Reporter - Matt Addis
Duncan - Ian Hallard
President of the Earth Council/Policeman/Air Control/Helicopter Pilot/Reporter - Ian Brooker

Trivia.
1)Slythers are now the stuff of fairy tales to the youth of Earth.
2)The Moonbase was cut off by the Daleks during the invasion.
3)This was a special release given away to Big Finish subscribers who had (Audio: Plague of the Daleks) as part of their subscription.
4)This release was made available to non-subscribers in December 2010.
5)Earth is still in ruins some thirty years after the end of the decade long Dalek occupation. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth)
5)Susan remembers her last encounter with the Doctor in the Death Zone on Gallifrey & comments that he was in his fifth incarnation at the time. (Tv: The Five Doctors)
6)Susan's husband, David Campbell, died several years earlier.

Plot Synopsis.
Thirty years on from the Daleks' invasion of Earth, the scars still haven't healed as the survivors inhabit a world thrown back two hundred years while a world of crop shortages & civil unrest is strengthening, A world where the brightest & best of its young people are drawn to the xenophobic Earth United group.

A world sliding into a new Dark Age, believes Susan Campbell, widow of one of the heroes of the Occupation. A world in need of alien intervention. A world in need of hope.

But as Susan takes drastic action to secure the planet's future, she's oblivious to the fact that her student son, Alex, ensnared by Earth United, is in need of alien intervention too. Or so Alex's great-grandfather known as The Doctor thinks.

Timelord Thoughts.
"One day I shall come back, yes I shall come back but until then there must be no regrets, no tears no anxieties just go forward in all your beliefs & prove to me that I'm not mistaken in mine" The First Doctor final words to his Granddaughter Susan taken from ' The Daleks Invasion Of Earth'.

Now writer Marc Platt has written a reunion story that's well performed & crammed full of great ideas but isn't as dramatic as it should be on the character front.

The Doctors Granddaughter Susan is a respected former freedom fighter & a political figure yet beneath the surface secretly conducts secret negotiations with aliens behind their backs while trying to help her son Alex, the Doctors Great Grandson from falling into the hands of the Earths United Front.

Writer Marc Platt has written Susan's character well & made her far more grown up than she was on tv yet her son Alex Campbell, the Doctor's great-grandson is underexplored I felt, we discover Alex is a smart adolescent who's fallen in with a xenophobic anti-alien group only to discover he's half alien himself as Alex stuggle to come to terms with this realization, by which time the play has concluded & were none the wiser to Alex's personality that has a feeling of a missed opportunity about it.

Overall, An Earthly Child has a decent story & the cast deliver good performances throughout especially Paul McGann as he brings out a cold alien quality in his performance as the Eighth Doctor towards his long lost family, while Carol Ann Ford as Susan slips effortlessly back into her most iconic role.

Finally a special mention about Jake McGann who is Paul's son & delivers a very intriguing performance as Alex Campbell the Doctors Great Grandson who's more like his Great Grandfather than he'd care to admit it's just a pity Marc Plats writing isn't sharper & more character driven here.

While the story doesn't quite resolve all the family dilemmas by the end this story just about holds together thanks to some great performances & is a excellent story to broaden Susan's character as we see how event's have played out from the Daleks Invasion Of Earth & it's aftermath that's resonated with her Thirty years on.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family reunion, 8 Jan 2011
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This review is from: An Earthly Child (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
An audio play featuring Paul McGann as the eighth Doctor Who, this is a special release that doesn't fit into any of the regular runs of his.

A single story, complete on one cd, it runs for just over an hour. Basically one long episode with the only breaks being the usual cd chapter ones.

At the end of Doctor Who - The Dalek Invasion Of Earth [1964] [DVD] [1963] the first Doctor left his granddaughter Susan on Earth. An Earth that had just fought off the Daleks. And would now have to rebuild. Susan had fallen for a resistance fighter.

But he was a mortal man. And she's from Gallifrey....

This story starts many years later, with Susan now a widow and having been heavily involved in Earth politics. The human race, as a result of the Dalek Invasion, has become insular and very anti alien, and the world is still being reconstructed. Susan, as we find in some early scenes, is a lone voice of reason in an increasingly paranoid world.

Her son [Played by Paul McGann's son Jake] is involved in a xenophobic group called Earth United.

But those in charge of it might just have a hidden agenda.

Then aliens turn up, offering to help. Some think their offer might be too good to be true.

And then another alien turns up. The Doctor. Having regenerated seven times since he last saw Susan. Can he save the Earth again? And his Granddaughters relationship with her son?

The portrayal of a divided and struggling and prejudiced Earth is very credible, and Susan's political opponents are guaranteed to rub you up the wrong way. The aliens of the story are a very interesting creation and have an interesting way of going about things.

But where this story really shines is in the scenes between Paul McGann and Carole Ann Ford. Because they really convince you that this is still the same man whom Susan last saw so long ago, albeit in a different body.

The family tensions aren't entirely resolved by the end, but that's all very credible. Because it would be too easy to solve them so quickly.

A nice story of the Doctor getting back in touch with family coupled with an interesting portrayal of the world after a Dalek invasion makes for a good little story.

Susan and her son do meet the Doctor again. In Relative Dimensions (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures).

The disc concludes with a ten minute long interview with some of the cast, which is well worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 8 May 2013
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This is a great episode and I just learned it has a Xmas sequel. Highly suggest you purchase as it helps flesh out the Dr.
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