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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Dorney Classic Adventure, 6 Nov 2014
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This review is from: Echoes of Grey (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Echoes of Grey (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles).
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Jamie, Zoe
Main enemy: The Achromatics
Main setting: The Whitaker Institute, Central Australia, early 22nd century
Writer: John Dorney
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Release number: 5.02
Format: 2 -Episodes - 1 x CD
Running Time 60 Minutes

Coming Soon Trailer
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Zoe Heriot - Wendy Padbury
Ali - Emily Pithon
The Achromatics - John Dorney (uncredited)

1)By the 18th century, the McCrimmon clan had been making haggis for hundreds of years.
2)When she was eight years old, Zoe read Oscar Wilde's complete works, including The Picture of Dorian Gray, in a day.
3)Zoe tells Ali that she met the Doctor on Space Station W3 & that he saved her from the Cybermen. (TV: The Wheel in Space).
4)Zoe recalls having previously dreamed about travelling in the TARDIS with the Doctor & Jamie while Ali refers to her therapy sessions in which she discussed fighting "monsters." (AUDIO: Fear of the Daleks).
5)Ali's real name is Kym. She & Zoe met again one year later. (AUDIO: Second Chances).

What's Up Doc?
Zoe Heriot has a photographic memory. Total recall. Yet when it comes to the years she spent travelling in time & space, all she can remember is that she has forgotten.

Years after she was returned to the Wheel in Space by the Time Lords, Zoe meets Ali, a young woman who claims to have met Zoe before, when she was with the Doctor & Jamie & suddenly part of the hidden past is exposed, as memories return of a visit to the Whitaker Institute in Central Australia, Secrets are uncovered & the mystery of the Achromatics is about to be unleashed…

Timelord Thoughts.
Echoes Of Grey A fine example of John Dorneys creative talent as a writer & has written a solid creepy Companion Chronicles adventure that's dark & sinister & captures the tone of the Second Doctor era magnificently which also throws in a few good twists in for good measure.

Actress Wendy Padbury does a wonderful job of reprising Zoe Heriot once again who also voices the Doctor & Jamie & does a reasonably good job at capturing each of the characters quirky mannerisms while guest actor Emily Pithon adds a bit of intrigue to her role of Ali as writer John Dorney keeps us guessing to the motives of her character.

Lisa Bowermans direction is solid & keeps the audio adventure moving along nicely while the sound design & music score by Richard Fox & Lauren Yason creates a great tense & moody atmosphere especially in the storys scarier moments.

The Achromatics are a decent alien although not entirely original but do fit in well with the Second Doctor era as writer John Dorney does an amazing job of recreating the tone & atmosphere of season 6 with this Companion Chronicles adventure & paces his story brilliantly by adding great suspense mixed in with some chilling scary moments that all leads up to a great twist & a satisfying conclusion.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad memories, 5 Sep 2010
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This review is from: Echoes of Grey (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are talking books that feature an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on the tv show returning to the role to read an all new story for their character. The actor usually does all the voices save for one character who will be played by a guest actor.

And they are two part stories complete on one cd.

This one sees the return of Wendy Padbury, who played Zoe Herriot opposite Patrick Troughton's Doctor back in the 1960's. As fans of the show will remember, Zoe had her memories of her travels with the Doctor wiped by the Time Lords when she was returned to her regular life.

But what would happen if she met someone who she'd encountered during her travels?

The opening makes it clear that Zoe feels there's a gap in her memories. So when she meets a lady called Ali, who claims to know her from a past encounter and who wants to know exactly what Zoe can be made to remember of it, she takes up the offer. These opening sequences have a strong and atmospheric quality which nicely creates the kind of feelings Zoe would be having.

It also allows for one of the best framing devices the companion chronicles have ever done as all her memories of the past enounter come out in present tense as she relives them whilst the scenes with Ali are told via dialogue.

The past encounter concerns the TARDIS crew visiting a secret medical facility where experiments are going on with creatures called Achromatics. But they're not being told the whole truth about what they encounter.

The first episode vividly recreates the style of many second doctor stories in having an isolated environment run by a group of people who have different motivations and who then come under attack. The episode does feel slightly overlong at thirty seven minutes though.

The second episode doesn't become the kind of base under siege story, as so many Troughton tales were called, that you might expect. It begins with investigation and then a fair amount of exposition as the secrets of the base come to light. These are well written and pretty original, not least in the nature of the monsters.

And they do offer moral dilemmas that give food for thought.

There's still a good bit of action after that, though.

And once that past encounter has been dealt with, the present day one still remains to be resolved. Some good plot developments here, leading to an ending that feels exactly right.

The second episode is forty minutes long, but the length of this feels fine.

A very good story, well reminiscent of the era and offering excellent material for Wendy Padbury. The length of the first episode could as mentioned do with being shorter but that's the only minor fault with it.

There's no interview with the star at the end of the disc, which until now has been an almost regular feature on these. But there is a trailer for the next one in the range at the start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Things are not always black and white", 5 July 2011
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This review is from: Echoes of Grey (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
This is a companion chronicle featuring Zoe Herriot, a companion who travelled with the Second Doctor and Jamie. Zoe's memories of travelling with the Doctor were wiped when the Doctor was exiled to Earth and regenerated into the Third Doctor, so the beginning of the story has her remembering through a device about her earlier life. One particular episode in particular seems to trouble her, and this is the story that we hear recounted here.

The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe arrive at what appears to be a medical facility - but there are no patients, just their empty beds and charts. And what are the medical staff actually doing here? And what are the Achromatics? And when the Doctor and his companions find the answers, will it be too late for all of them? Well, we know it isn't, of course as Zoe is telling us the story - but there is plenty of action, plenty of suspense, mysteries, moral dilemmas and good `classic' Doctor Who action with the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe as they unravel another mystery and put the universe to rights. And all is not what it seems, as there is a story within a story, if I can put it like that - so a nice little twist as you feel the story is just about to wind down.

Highly recommended.
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