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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Sara Kingdom story, 4 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: The Guardian of the Solar System (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
This is the third Big Finish audio story featuring Sara Kingdom, the character first met by the First Doctor when he fought against the Daleks and their time technology, and the ruler of the Solar System, Mavic Chen.

If you have not heard the previous two companion stories with Sara Kingdom, you will find it hard to follow the thread of Sara in the house with her companion. You really need to have heard the previous two stories first - Home Truths, and The Drowned World.

I really enjoyed this story, as I have enjoyed all the Companion stories I have listened to. The Sara Kingdom stories are really enjoyable to listen to - Jean Marsh's soft yet commanding voice captures every single nuance of the character's lines - she's brilliant to listen to. And Niall MacGregor plays a complex and well-rounded companion in the house very well, as he has in the earlier stories.

This story starts off in familiar territory as we follow Sara with the First Doctor and Steven in their battle against Mavic Chen. Sara revisits the death of her brother Brett Vyon, and you start to wonder, as the listener, whether the story is just going to cover familiar ground. However, it soon takes a very unexpected turn - and very cleverly. The listener is reminded of the futility of attempting to change the course of time; of interfering with the known course of events. And we feel every part of Sara's pain as she relives those awful times for her, both personally and professionally.

This is a very clever story, interposed into the Daleks' Masterplan story of 1965/66, and fits in very nicely without any evident seamlines appearing in what is a well-established story from so many years ago. Sara's humanity comes across very strongly in all three stories - it's a pity that she could not have been more developed as a character in the `classic' Doctor Who tv series, but it's nice to hear (and see in our minds) this happening now. The sound effects on this story are also marvellous - you'll know what I mean when you hear them. It's all very evocative; you feel as if you are there in all parts of the story.

Very highly recommended.
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Initial post: 18 Oct 2013 02:33:01 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
Fantastic review of a great story.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2013 04:07:48 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Thanks timelord007 - it was a shame Sara couldn't be used more in the tv series, but it's great to hear the wonderful Jean Marsh now.
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