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A Lost Adventure for the Original TARDIS Crew,
This review is from: Transit of Venus (Dr Who Companion Chronicles 3.7) (Audio CD)
I'll confess, I'm not entirely sold on the format of 'The Companion Chronicles' - one of the Doctor's former associates telling the story almost in monologue form, with the addition of dramatised sections featuring another actor - it can limit the way the stories can be told to an extent. But when the stories are as entertaining as this one, I'm more than happy. In his twilight years, the First Doctor's companion Ian Chesterton relates a hitherto unheard-of adventure where he and his fellow TARDIS travellers find themselves meeting Captain Cook aboard his ship the Endeavour, en route to discovering Australia. 'Doctor Who' traditionalists should love this story, as it's very much in the spirit of some of the classic historical adventures from the early days of the series, albeit with an intriguing twist, as Ian begins to suspect the ship's scientist, Banks, is not all he appears to be. It's a joy to hear William Russell reprising his role as Ian, and he makes for an engaging narrator, so much so that I forgot my reservations about the format and became lost in the story.
For anyone who enjoys the William Hartnell era, it's wonderful to be able to revisit it in the company of one of the original cast, in a tale which evokes those 1960s adventures so brilliantly.