This is another in the Companion Chronicle series, where past companions of an incarnation of the Doctor tell a tale, generally of a time when they were travelling with the Doctor; a story that we have not known of before. Usually there is one companion who narrates much of the story, and does other characters, and one other key cast member who plays a role in the story. This Companion Chronicle is unusual in that it features two companions of the First Doctor, Steven and Sara, and also unusual in that it runs for 4 episodes over 2 cds (instead of 2 episodes on 1 cd).
This story fits into the First Doctor’s incarnation directly after Episode 7 of the Dalek Master Plan story, after the time travellers have managed to elude the Daleks briefly, and have celebrated Christmas. Now, still trying to evade the Daleks who are chasing them for the Taranium core which the Doctor has stolen from them, the Tardis is involved in a crash while in transit through space and time, with an experimental timeship. The crew are involved in a war of their own in their own time and on their own world, and are suspicious of the Doctor, Steven and Sara. As the experimental craft has been badly damaged, and the Tardis appears to have been destroyed in the mid-vortex crash, they are all marooned on what appears to be a tropical island. But they soon find they are not alone. And things are about to get a lot worse, before they can even begin to get better, for Steven and Sara both have their own individual battles to face.
This is a great story; it is complex and multi-dimensional; the narrative moves from travelling in the Time vortex, to survival on an island, to escaping horrors that appear to be there with them, to … well, you have to listen to the story, but believe me, it’s action-packed and with great movement in both space and time. Sara and Steven take turns in narrating the story, and it’s great to hear both Peter Purves and Jean Marsh reprising their roles, and doing it brilliantly. The emotion in their narratives is clear, and Peter Purves does a fantastic job as the Doctor’s voice as well. Their characters are given a real chance to develop and to shine as individuals, and it’s extremely well done. This is a Companion Chronicle I wholeheartedly recommend; brilliant from beginning to end. This is a great story, and perfectly executed by all concerned.