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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2011
Whilst there are a few Companion Chronicles which are slightly better overall, The Perpetual Bond still gets 5 stars because of the imaginative script, the clever use of a 1960s setting akin to the black and white production era involving Peter Purves (despite the character being from the future), and the fact that only two actors make this seem like a full cast audio. A number of different plot and development elements, including commodity trading, certainly give this story a fresh and original feel.

The Perpetual Bond differs from most others in this range because there are two narrators (a character called Harper narrates a pre-credit scene as well as and end scene, and because we know that this story will be continued at some point in the future as a new companion is introduced to the TARDIS at the end.

The attributes of the first Doctor are well written and performed by Purves and most important of all, this product feels like it not only firmly belongs to the late Hartnell era, but enhances it a little.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon 5 October 2011
This is another Doctor Who companion chronicle, this time telling a story about the First Doctor, as told by Steven.

After fleeing Kemble after beating the Daleks and seeing Sara Kingdom die, the Tardis, apparently on its own, takes the Doctor and Steven to London - oddly enough, to 1960s London, landing in 76 Totters Lane. Coincidence? While there, they meet up with Oliver Harper, who is in trouble of his own. The story revolves around commodity trading - now who would have thought you could write a Doctor Who story about commodity trading? But you can, and it's pretty good.

Peter Purves reads the story well, and his character of Steven is well portrayed. He also does a great job impersonating the First Doctor. And I hope it's not the last we see of the character of Oliver - there's more to learn about him, that's for sure.

A great addition to the Companion Chronicles, and a great Doctor Who story, particularly for those who fondly remember the First Doctor, and the `classic' Doctor Who stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2014
Enjoyed this audio Cd very much! Nothing groundbreaking, just a funfilled satire regarding the Aliens working in the Stock Exchange buying and selling human commodities and naturally Steven wants to put a stop to this and is appalled that the Doctor appears not only unsympathetic but supports the Alien point of view.
Loved this as the William Hartnell Doctor was always rather unpredictable and alittle dark...

Well played and Peter Purves does an excellent impression of William Hartnell. Big finish should just do fully dramatized plays featuring the first Doctor with Peter taking on the Bill Hartnell role and also the second Doctor with Frazer Hines playing Pat Troughton's Doc.

Was pleased how quickly the CD was delivered and though there was problem with the CD cover, the Seller was equally swift to resolve the problem. Great customer service!
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Latest Doctor Who Companion chronicle. These are talking books which see an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on tv return to the role to read an all new story for the character.

They do all the voices save one which is done by a guest actor.

And they usually run for two parts of roughly thirty minutes each, and are complete on a single cd.

This story sees Peter Purves return to the role of Steven Taylor, who he played opposite William Hartnell's Doctor back in the 1960's.

It takes place right after the end of Doctor Who - The Daleks' Master Plan, where the Doctor stopped the Dalek's latest scheme but lost some friends in the process. Early scenes remind us of this - so you can get into this if you've never heard that - and that the deaths are something the Doctor and Steven won't get over easily.

But prior to that we hear from Oliver Harper. Voiced by guest actor Tom Allen he's a trader in the city in 1960's London. A world of upper class accents, bowler hats and umbrellas and old school connections. His world has just come crashing down and he needs to get away. But then he discovers aliens in his workplace.

As the Doctor and Steven spot the aliens also, the three are drawn together. They discover what evil the aliens are up to. And the Doctor and Steven could end up at loggerheads. Because there might be nothing the Doctor can do about it....

Peter Purves has done two stories in this range before and on both occasions his impression of the First Doctor was fantastic. So it's a pleasure to hear it again. But there are many other delights to be had from this story also.

Steven was conceived as being a man of the future stranded in the past. Something that the tv writers often never addressed. But this does. His reaction to 1960's London is superbly written and played. Vivid descriptions and sound design do create a great image of a city still rebuilding post world war two. And one where it can also rain a fair bit. There are references to Steven visiting London before, in Dr Who Companion Chronicles the Suffering (Dr Who Big Finish), but you don't need to have heard that to be able to hear this.

Oliver also makes an impression because he confounds initial expectations and becomes a fairly decent sort prepared to stand alongside Steven and do something about what they discover.

The alien leader is an interesting creation. Every inch the consummate businessman.

And the First Doctor also comes over superbly in the writing. Sly and scheming and determined and also not wanting to admit that he misses former friends.

Part two isn't quite as strong as part one for the bulk of it because you are left waiting for the Doctor to act for a long time.

But when he does the end result is very clever and very satisfying. And gives a bit of moral food for thought also.

One plot point does remain unresolved at the end. But that will be addressed in time, because this TARDIS crew returns in Doctor Who Cold Equations CD (Dr Who).

A superb and enjoyable story on it's own, though.

There's a trailer for the next release in this range after the end of part two.

And just over fourteen minutes of an entertaining interview with cast and crew after that.
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on 6 August 2015
This trilogy has been so fulsomely praised since it came out that I inevitably felt slight disappointment.
The Companion Chronicles are the Marmite of Big Finish, and generally I like them. Peter Purves was virtually the show's leading man around 1965/1966, and at times seemed to keep "Dr Who" together, only to be unceremoniously dumped by an incoming producer. Here he very successfully recreates not only his original character, Steven Taylor, but also the vocal tones and irascible character of the First Doctor.
Simon Guerrier knows the era inside out, and goes so far as starting the trilogy actually IN early 1966. It's a fast-moving tale of alien infiltration in The City, and much is made of the institution, rituals and arrogance of City traders. Enter just such a young man, Oliver, who epitomises the sort of brash, over-confident, well-heeled type you'd encounter there - though why the cover shows him looking bald & unshaven in a very non-1960s way is a mystery!
Oliver has a secret, is desperate to keep ahead of the police, so jumps at the opportunity to travel with Steven & The Doctor. Is he an embezzler, a KGB infiltrator, or an inside-trader? All is revealed as the trilogy progresses.
For my money, this is the best of the three "Oliver" stories .... what follows seems rushed and over far too quickly.
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on 4 September 2015
'The Perpetual Bond' was recorded on 27 May 2010 and is the first in Oliver's trilogy, which was followed up with 'the Cold Equations'. Having landed in Foreman's junkyard in 1966 the Doctor and Steven with the help of Oliver, a city trader, uncover aliens made of living glass are selling Human livestock on the galactic market. Oliver is harbouring a secret, but what is it?

The acting is pitched at the right level and the characters move like chess pieces but Oliver isn't really expanded on until the next segment of the trilogy. The music is jazz infused sixties funk wallowing under the various effects and sounds that that help etch detail in the soundscape.

This has more action than a lot of the Companion Chronicles I have heard but on the whole feels distinctly average, especially in comparison to 'the Cold Equations' which is a more emotive and wistful tale. Even still it’s a good preamble to the rest of the trilogy that ends with 'the First Wave'. I love the way the story weaves itself into events of the time. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2012
The Simon Guerrier (writer's name) trilogy begins with The Perpetual Bond, and Story kicks of something brilliant, The Perpetual Bond is the beginning of a brilliant trilogy. The story introduces Oliver Harper, the latest companion, from the 1960's (probably 1966), who has a (in his opinion) a terrible secrete (did I just give a clue of what the secrete is?), which we won't learn in this story, but in the next story of the trilogy The Cold Equations. (Don't get too disappointed; it's not that great anyway). The atmosphere feels like the 1960's as well.

Tom Allen playing Oliver Harper is brilliant, he sound just like a young 1960's dealer, as well as Peter Purves as Steven Taylor, who sounds just like he did when he was doing Doctor Who in 1965/1966. They both produce top rated voices; they also make it feel like there are 4 people doing this audio story (there are only 4 main characters in this, The first Doctor, Steven, Oliver and Mr Flowers, the alien) when in fact it is just them two. Peter Purves's first Doctor voice, may not sound exactly like Bill `s, but I was shocked that he was doing the doctors voice when I heard it when the cast were talking about the story at the end. That's how good he is, and Tom Allen's Mr Flowers voice was quite good too (he was using a machine to disguise it up.) So it sound like a 4 people cast drama.

The story is great; the cast is great, and it's only on for an hour (part 1 and 2 both last for 30 minutes (part 2 is better then the 1'st) which makes an hour), to sum up, it is well worth having, A good starter for a good trilogy. Get this now!!!, get it, GET IT!!!! GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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