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5.0 out of 5 stars The Romanian Train Job, 22 Oct 2012
Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Project: Nirvana (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books that usually feature an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on tv returning to the role to read an all new story for their character.

The stories are usually complete in two parts on one cd.

And the main actor will do all the voices save for one, which is done by a guest actor.

But this is a format breaker, because the guest actor is Sylvester Mccoy as the Seventh Doctor.

And the story features two companions. Who have never been seen on tv. Just heard in other audios.

You will get more out of this story if you are familiar with said characters. So if you're not a regular follower of this range you may not wish to read any further. For how to get up to date, see the comment section on my review of Black and White (Doctor Who).

Thus mild spoilers follow...

As anyone who has heard black and white will know, the Doctor recruited hard bitten veteran soldier Captain Lysandra Aristedes, and young private Sally Morgan, in order for them to help him deal with a few old foes.

In this story, set in eastern europe in 2015, the TARDIS has materialised in mid air above a train track. Lysandra and Sally have to make a daring drop in order to board a train and obtain a certain something for the Doctor.

Naturally, he hasn't filled them in on all the details of what awaits.

Several surprises do. As a result of which, Lysandra will learn a few things...

The story is a two parter, both episodes running just around twenty five minutes each [approx]. Lysandra and Sally share the narration duties, both taking on different parts of the story. Which jumps back and forth between them quite regularly. It opens with a fast paced action sequence that is very well realised and pretty exciting. And enhanced by some excellent sound design.

Having both ladies narrate really helps because it gives the writing a chance to add depth to them as characters. Something that there was never really time for in their other appearances.

One big plot development is the kind that becomes obvious to you seconds before it occurs. But it's an excellent idea and adds a whole new twist to things.

And the cliffhanger to part one comes upon you suddenly and is very effective because of that.

Part two isn't quite as strong at first, because one character is absent for a while. And it does feel as if it's going over familiar ground. But then things are revealed. The twists come thick and fast and some are very surprising. They do add interesting detail to the big story that has been going on in seventh doctor audios for the past few years.

It's almost customary for a companion chronicle to have the companion undergo an epiphany. In here, that is one of the best such moments ever. Because it adds so much to the character in question.

This isn't vital for understanding the big story of the Seventh Doctor audios, but it's a very interesting side piece. And it adds so much to these two characters that it's well worth a listen. It's also exciting, involving, and superbly paced. So it's worth five stars.

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

And just under four minutes worth of music from the story on the track right after that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent excitingly dramatic albeit brief adventure, 16 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Project: Nirvana (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
I wasn't too optimistic when I heard about this one as I feel veering so far off the typical television character narrator rather dilutes the core essence of the Companion Chronicles range. However despite offering up two people whom appear in the current Seventh Doctor three story range `Project: Nirvana' offers an exciting enthralling, fast paced, dramatic narrative style. Sylvester McCoy's contribution is minimal initially depositing Lysandra and Sally on top of a fast moving train through a snow covered landscape (cover illustration) and then returning at the end to assist in resolving the plot at the stories conclusion. I was very impressed with the sound design on this title, particularly on that initial encounter with the train. After the previous two lacklustre titles `Project:Nirvana' is all the more impressive however taking off the four minutes of incidental music and one minute trailer for the next title the biggest drawback with this story is that it only lasts fifty minutes.
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