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3.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Quest, 22 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Beyond the Ultimate Adventure (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books that usually see an actor who played a companion to the Doctor in the tv series return to the role to read an all new adventure.

However, this one rather breaks that format.

A few years back now Jon Pertwee and later Colin Baker both reprised the role of the Doctor on stage in a stage show called Doctor Who: the ultimate adventure. Later adapted for audio The Ultimate Adventure (Doctor Who: The Stageplays) the story saw the Doctor and his companions - nightclub singer Crystal and early nineteenth century french nobleman Jason - in a spectacular quest across the galaxy, battling mercenaries and monsters and aliens. And dealing with Margaret Thatcher.

This release reunites Colin Baker and the two actors who played Jason and Crystal in the audio version for a story that is a sequel to it.

Anyone who didn't see the play or who hasn't heard the adaptation should be able to get into it quite easily, as it fills in all the exposition you could need along the way.

It adopts a different format to others as well in that it has Jason and Crystal tell the story in the form of a report they are recording on behalf of the Doctor to present to the Time Lords about a recent adventure of theirs. Thus the two of them narrate most of it, but Colin Baker in the role of the Doctor does read all his dialogue in the scenes that the narration describes in which he features.

This does take a little while to get going - it opens with a minute's worth of music. Although some may [or may not] be pleased [or displeased] to find that, unlike the show, there's no singing in here.

The characterisation and the format does mean it takes a little while to get used to, and into, and that certainly goes for Jason and Crystal as well. But once you get used to it you get used to them. And Colin Baker's typically excellent performance does enliven things when required.

The plot is very typical of the style of the Ultimate Adventure, having the TARDIS crew sent off on a dangerous quest and encountering various problems and monsters. You do feel it would work fine if this was a stage show.

But whereas these are usually two parters, this is one long story of fifty eight minutes with no break in the middle. There is a point in the middle where there's nothing but music for two minutes so you could use that as a break if you wish, but the disc doesn't advertise it as such. This does make the whole thing feel a bit overlong.

The resolution to the story is quite capable and nothing major, so the end does lack a bit of an impact.

It's a fine release for what it is, but it's a long way from being the most essential one in this range.

There's a trailer for the next companion chronicle on the penultimate track on the disc.

And just over six minutes of interviews with the actors who play Jason and Crystal and the director of the story on the final track.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmm...., 16 Jan 2012
This review is from: Beyond the Ultimate Adventure (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
This is not a great story... I'm usually a big fan of the comapnion chronicles but this made me shudder.... could someone explain why these 2 people are companions?
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