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Just a cog in the machine,
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This review is from: The Guardian of the Solar System (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Once again Jean Marsh is ably supported by Niall MacGregor whom are on top form as we make a third visit to the house on the island where Robert talks with ethereal occupant Sara. There is a sense of closure here both with Robert prepared to forfeit his life for his daughter and the jaw dropping unexpected conclusion which will leave you wondering what happens beyond this trilogy. As indicated by the cover illustration and story title Mavic Chen is integral to Sara's story and with suitable incidental music the due reverence to which she holds this theatrical mandarin attired character is marvellously conveyed particularly on their first meeting. Although well conveyed and realised through sound design the interior of the great secret clock into which the Doctor, Steven and Sara arrive had me momentarily finding it similar in tone to the Eighth Doctor, Charlie and Krizz audio title TIME WORKS. Anyway finding themselves here back in time Sara briefly confronts Bret Vorn the loved and admired brother whom in the TV series story she believes was wrong to kill him. A worthy piece of narrative in this audio title to reinforce to the listener this character's connection with her sibling. Out of almost 78 mins total length you can peel away the one min next release trailer and 6 min chat where writer Simon Guerrier amusingly relates that this title was loosely based in part to John Noakes washing Big Ben! By my reckoning this leaves you with the main story occupying 70 mins which whilst lacking a certain sense of dramatic pace certainly maintains the unique two person interplay that typifies these Sara Kingdom titles. A part of a trilogy it is a welcome addition but as a stand alone title casual buyers might consider skipping this title unless of course you are a big fan of Jean Marsh whom is definitely an excellent narrator with measured emotive vocal deliver of the scripted text.