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The interrogation of Ian Chesterton,
This review is from: The Sleeping City (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books which see an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on tv return to the role to read an all new story for their character.
They also do all the voices save one, which is done by a guest actor.
The stories are usually two parters, complete on one cd with episodes of thirty minutes apiece [approx.]
This story sees William Russell once again return to the role of Ian Chesterton, who he played alongside William Hartnell's Doctor back in the first two years of the show.
It's a two parter, episodes running for thirty nine and thirty three minutes respectively [approx.].
It starts after Ian and Barbara returned to Earth after their travels in the TARDIS. Their absence has attracted attention, and as a result, Ian finds himself under interrogation by a member of British Intelligence.
Who wants to know all about the Doctor.
So Ian tells him about a trip he, the Doctor, Vicki and Barbara made. To a strange city called Hisk. Which has a unique system of trade. Machines where citizens share dreams. And a dark secret at it's heart...
Many of these stories have framing devices. This is one of the best of them. As it all feels so very sixties. Both Ian and the Interrogator coming over as men of that time. And the latter being very careful not to reveal all that he wants to know from the off.
Once you get into the Hisk sequences - where as ever William Russell does some very good voices, particularly for the Doctor, the setting is initially quite intriguing and very original. Feeling like something they would have been able to do on tv back in the day. But it's a very long episode, and it means it's quite a while before any drama or tension really hits.
Part two has some wonderful sound design throughout, all feeling strange and atmospheric and also very 1960's. It initially feels as if might be a bit rushed as the Doctor does come to a solution within just over twenty minutes of the episode.
But then this story really clicks. Because there's a development and a twist to come. Which could be clichéd but never comes across as such. The ending is something you won't see coming and a great surprise. With a good little bit of drama in the middle of it. And some more great voice work.
A release that takes a while to get going, but is well worth it in the end.
There's a trailer for the next companion chronicle on the last track of the cd. But none of the usual interviews with cast and crew.
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Initial post: 17 Mar 2014 09:49:49 GMT
Great review my friend I reviewed this one, Not sure the two plot threads work together though.
Enjoyed your take in this review.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2014 12:36:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Mar 2014 12:36:15 GMT
Paul Tapner says:
I thought the first episode felt a bit overlong and I wasnt sure if the story was going to deliver, but I really didn't see that ending coming.
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