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4.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning, 19 May 2014
This review is from: The Beginning (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
It took me a while to decide what I thought overall about this story. I came to the conclusion that it started off strongly and intriguingly, got a bit lost in the middle, and then picked up at the end, which left me for a while feeling a bit ambivalent about it. But I have to say, now that I’m analysing it for review purposes, that my overall feelings about it are far more positive than negative. The idea of what happened that made the Doctor and his granddaughter Susan leave Gallifrey all those years ago is one that has, of course always intrigued Doctor Who fans. In this story we find out a little more, and how they got the Tardis that sent them off through the galaxy. But they get more than they bargained for when they take the Tardis that has Quadrigger Stoyn working in its depths, stripping it for decommissioning. Stoyn is an odd character; frightened of leaving Gallifrey, sticking rigidly to the rules he knows so that he can assure himself he won’t get into any more trouble, he blames the Doctor (or ‘Grandpa’ as he keeps calling him) for all that goes wrong. And that, as we who know the First Doctor and his temperament so well does not get him very far in the business of making friends and influencing people.

Where the Tardis and its runaways, and the inadvertent third passenger goes, and who/what they meet when they get there, gives us, the listeners the first glimpse into the strange new way of life that the Doctor and Susan now find themselves living. The Doctor’s traits of curiosity, intellectual searching and irascibility are evident from the start, as is the strong relationship with his granddaughter. I think that where the story fell down a little for me was in the middle when there was a shift in timeframes between the two planets; it all got a bit weird there I thought. But the resolution of this story, and the thought that there are two more stories where Quadrigger Stoyn features are a great incentive to keep being enthralled, and I hope that we find more stories from the very early days of the Doctor and Susan’s travels, where everything is new, and everything leads them inexorably and eventually to the junkyard in 1963.
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Initial post: 21 May 2014 20:07:18 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
I enjoyed this review KR as you certainly captured the essence of the story, I found this a little lacklustre uring the middle too.

A excellent informative review KR.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2014 03:03:39 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Thanks timelord007! A great beginning to such an iconic program, but perhaps just not as strong as us long-term fans would have liked it to be. Never mind, on to the next one!
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