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4.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistencies, 8 Oct 2012
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Uncertainty Principle (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books which feature an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on TV returning to their role in order to read an all new tale for them.

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

And the stories are complete in two parts, on a single cd.

This one sees Wendy Padbury return once again to the role of Zoe, who she played alongside Patrick Troughton's Doctor at the end of the 60's.

It's the third story for Zoe in as many years, and it does follow on from the last two Echoes of Grey (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) and The Memory Cheats (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) which told of an older Zoe, who has no memory of her travels with the Doctor, because of them being blocked by the Time Lords when she was forced to leave him, falling foul of a mysterious company who want information from those blocked memories.

Zoe is being interrogated by a lady called Jen, and tales of her time in the TARDIS are starting to come out.

All this is relayed in some opening exposition, but casual listeners might be better off by hearing those other two stories first.

Both episodes in this are just over thirty minutes long, and the exposition does mean that whilst the first episode does fly by whilst you listen to it, it feels as if it doesn't get going at all till you're well over halfway in.

And then you're landed in the middle of an adventure for the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe, and it takes a short while to find where that storyline is going.

It is a decent little storyline though. A tale of them looking into the death of a lady scientist who was involved in some dangerous experiments, which are causing strange creatures to appear. A supporting character in this storyline is a very strong creation, given some wonderfully powerful emotional moments that you won't forget in a hurry.

All of which, as happens often in this range, force the companion into a bit of an epiphany.

The Zoe vs the company storyline does develop somewhat, and interesting detail is added to the Jen character. But there's no sense of anything being resolved in that story by the end.

But there will be another of these for Zoe in due course, so we should get back to that soon. The end of this does leave you wanting to know what will happen next.

It's not a standout story but it has some very good moments and is an effective continuation of the bigger storyline. So it's a good release all in all.

There's a trailer for the next companion chronicle on the cd track right after the end of part two.

And just under nine minutes of interviews with the cast and the director on the two tracks after that.
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