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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing & Mysterious Companion Chronicle Adventure
The Many Deaths Of Jo Grant (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles).
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companion: Jo Grant
Writer: Cavan Scott & Mark Wright
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Release number: 6.04
1xCD
Running Time 60 minutes

CD Extras.
Trailer
Behind the scenes interviews

Cast.
Jo Grant - Katy Manning...
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3.0 out of 5 stars They keep killing Jo
Following some initial disappointment that this CD does not feature the return of the Master (it looks a bit like him in online thumbnails of the cover, but once you see the illustration full size you see that in fact it shows supporting artist Nicholas Asbury), I quickly found myself getting into this audio book.

Writers Cavan Scott and Mark Wright introduce...
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by R. C. McGinlay


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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing & Mysterious Companion Chronicle Adventure, 7 Oct 2014
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Many Deaths of Jo Grant (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
The Many Deaths Of Jo Grant (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles).
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companion: Jo Grant
Writer: Cavan Scott & Mark Wright
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Release number: 6.04
1xCD
Running Time 60 minutes

CD Extras.
Trailer
Behind the scenes interviews

Cast.
Jo Grant - Katy Manning
Rowe - Nicholas Asbury

Trivia.
1)Jo dies four hundred twelve times in four days in the artificial scenarios created by Rowe.
2)Rowe created artificial scenarios in which the Doctor sacrificed his life to save Jo, his granddaughter Susan Foreman, Jamie McCrimmon, Zoe Heriot, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart & Sgt. Benton, among many others.

What's Up Doc.
When Jo Grant was very young, her grandmother told her that there was a time for everything. A time to laugh & a time to cry. A time to live & a time to die.

Since meeting the Doctor, Jo has laughed till she thought she might burst. She has also shed a few tears along the way, but has lived more than she ever thought possible.

But now, as a strange spaceship materialises over UNIT HQ & a heavily injured Doctor returns to Earth, it is Jo's time to die. Again, & again, & again...

Timelord Thoughts.
The Many Deaths Of Jo Grant is a brilliantly written story by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright which captures Jo's character to perfection as it shows Jo's grit, determination & her love for her alien best friend who will sacrifice herself again & again in giving up her life for the Doctor.

Katy Manning vocal interpretation of the Third Doctor & Brigadier Lethbridge - Stewart while they don't sound like either actor somehow Katy Manning manages to capture the essence & personality of both characters & she easily slips back into the character of squeaky voiced Jo Grant with considerable ease.

Cavan Scott & Marc Wright always deliver intriguing story's & once again deliver the goods & a few surprises with this relentless fast paced adventure that contains a great intriguing mystery of Jo Grant seemingly dying again & again which there isn't to many death's that we hear on this audio considering the story's title but it does concludes on a whopping episode 1 cliffhanger as Jo Grant is slipping & sliding towards the mouth of the hungry cavern creature which is what I'd call a page turning experience on audio thanks to Lisa Bowermans tightly skilled direction while episode 2 paces the story to a satisfactory conclusion with the Doctor taking a more prominent role in events.

Overall, The Many Deaths Of Jo Grant is a brilliant addition to the companion chronicles range & features a superb performance by Katy Manning that's mixed together with a cracking paced story by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright that adds intrigue & mystery that captures the essence of the Third Doctor era superbly & well worth a listen.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars An unconventional story for a conventional era, 2 Feb 2012
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Just as I was becoming a little intolerant of the un-Pertwee-esque sub-plots and being dragged away from one story to another, and Jo referring to one particular unknown UNIT character a little too much it, all falls into place, and is tied up very well. This lengthy concluding section is first rate and well worth the listen to get there, even though the story was too long getting to that point. This is a story of subplots and as there are so "many" to choose from, I think one of them could have been better chosen. The others are a little improbable but to say any more would spoil it.

A very good use of the audio medium as this could have been difficult to realise for television.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The deaths of the Doctor, 28 Nov 2011
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Many Deaths of Jo Grant (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
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 featuring their character.

They usually run for two parts of roughly thirty minutes each, and are complete on one disc.

And the lead actor reads all the roles save for one which is performed by a guest actor.

This story sees Katy Manning return to the role of Jo Grant, who she played opposite Jon Pertwee's Doctor back in the seventies.

This story is set in the Third Doctor's fourth season. After the time lords had ended his exile to earth. And it begins with some nicely written and emotional scenes with the The Brigadier and Jo at UNIT HQ, whilst the Doctor is off travelling in the TARDIS. Both having to face up to the fact that the Doctor's wanderlust might get the better of him not he can travel again.

Then the Doctor returns. With an alien along for the ride. And suddenly UNIT is under attack.

A gripping depiction of the resulting battle ensues. All seems lost.

Then Jo finds things go rather strange.

It is blantantly obvious what is actually happening at this point. But it takes up the entire final third of the first part and gets a bit repetitive very quickly.

It's the same for the first third of part two.

But then the story gets back on track with decent exposition.

And it manages to spring a surprise. Or two.

The final third does what this range does best. Have the companion come to an emotional realisation and emerge a stronger person a a result. This does that, and sums up the Third Doctor/Jo relationship beautifully as a result.

So whilst this is possibly a bit overlong and does sag in the middle, it emerges as a nice enough listen in the end.

There's a short trailer for the next companion chronicle after the end of part two.

And just under eight minutes of interviews with cast and crew after that. This contains a very touching moment towards the end, and is a very worthwhile listen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars They keep killing Jo, 20 Nov 2011
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R. C. McGinlay (Ilford, Essex) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Many Deaths of Jo Grant (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Following some initial disappointment that this CD does not feature the return of the Master (it looks a bit like him in online thumbnails of the cover, but once you see the illustration full size you see that in fact it shows supporting artist Nicholas Asbury), I quickly found myself getting into this audio book.

Writers Cavan Scott and Mark Wright introduce some fascinating aliens, diminutive creatures who occupy specially cultivated host bodies, which they use as fighting vehicles. These creatures arrive on Earth in pursuit of the Doctor, causing trouble for UNIT.

Before the first episode is out, though, the scene has switched to an alien world. It shifts again during Part Two to a spaceship. Thus Scott and Wright's plot taps into the three main story types of Jo Grant's time with the Third Doctor: invasion of Earth, alien planet, and space opera. In each of these scenarios, in an unfortunate coincidence of ideas between Big Finish and recent television episodes, Jo (Katy Manning) encounters an impossible astronaut.

We all know that Jo can't really die during these "Companion Chronicles", let alone die many times, so the nature of these various locations will quickly become apparent to anyone with a smattering of sci-fi knowledge. However, the narrative is structured in such a way that the listener does not feel totally cheated. The writers explore Jo's propensity for self-sacrifice, which saved the Doctor's life in "The Time Monster" and proved so confusing to Azal in "The Dæmons".

The real appeal of this story is the relationship between the Doctor and Jo, which Manning's performance brings vividly to life. It's also a joy - as ever - to hear the actress's more eccentric voices during nearly eight minutes of interviews at the end of the disc. There is also poignancy, as Jo realises that before long the Time Lord will leave the Earth for good, and as we realise that this is the first Big Finish audio adventure to feature the Brigadier since the passing of actor Nicholas Courtney (to whom this CD is dedicated).

As Shakespeare wrote, "Cowards die many times before their deaths"... but, as this adventure proves, so can the valiant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant CD, 30 Dec 2012
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This was the first companion chronicles I had listened too, and It won't be my last. Katy Manning put on an excellent performance as Jo, as well as the Brigadier and The Doctor. The story is really touching, and it keeps you guessing until the end. It slows down slightly at one point, but it soon picks up again with even more pace. I would definitely recommend this CD.
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