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5.0 out of 5 stars This Rockets To The Top Of The Companion Chronicles Range, 27 Nov 2013
This review is from: The Rocket Men (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Positive.
1)The exellent narration by Doctor Who Legend William Russell whom brings to life this wonderful story.
2)This is a outstanding written adventure by the always exellent writer John Dorney.

Negative.
60 minutes isn't long enough to do the story justice, How good would this have been as a 4 episode adventure.

Audio Info.
1 CD of a 2 episode story, Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

Review.
The Doctor, Ian, Barbara & Vicki arrive on a floating alien city of Jobis a planet of huge vast cities that tower above the gas clouds.

Here we are introduced to giant Whale type creatures that float around the city of clouds which the Doctor & his companions decide on visiting a holiday resort to allow the travellers a chance to relax & recuperate.

But tragedy strikes the time travellers as the Rocket men a band of intergalactic pirates who attack there tour boat in a act of terrorism.

Can the Doctor protect his companions & save the planet Jobis from the constant threats & attacks by the Rocket Men?

This is a exellent story that adds great action scenes mixed in with superb character driven moments of drama by writer John Dorney who has written one of the best Companion Chronicles to date with this adventure.

The First Doctor here shows a less tetchy side & a more protective side to his character as he protects his companions that now feels like his family as they have bonded over time & shows a very Grandfatherly nature to Vicki as he's obviously feeling the loss of his Granddaughter Susan.

The Rocket men are a pulp B movie type of villian that are a exellent foil for the Doctor & unlike on tv were the budget wouldn't have allowed for great ariel action scenes here we get to listen & visualize what is happening in our imagination which makes this story one of pure escapism.

A highly recommended Companion Chronicle release with superb narration from William Russell & guest star Gus Brown.
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Initial post: 27 Nov 2013 22:33:11 GMT
Keen Reader says:
Hooray I think I got that positive to stick!
Great review of what I thought was a really good First Doctor story - I like Ian as the man of action, and this is one of those stories you can really imagine coming to life on the small screen.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2013 23:07:29 GMT
Timelord-007 says:
I agree, I was annoyed at the Doctor Who aftershow party as he was interviewed fleetingly, Frazer Hines was Ignored completely in favour of talking to Matthew Waterhouse & live link up with the US was echoed by delay.

Steven Moffat shouted just can it.

poor Katy Manning was nearly sat on by a presenter who was clueless & his interviews with Tom Baker a shambles, Tom looked annoyed.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2013 23:37:29 GMT
Keen Reader says:
Oh really? Sounds like a complete shambles all round!
I saw Doctor Who Explained the other day, and it really didn't explain anything at all - the one who played Amy Pond seemed to think she was the most important companion EVER, and they didn't even talk to people like Katy Manning or Anneke Wills or Deborah Watling or Louise Jameson - Frazer Hines, Sophie Aldred and Carole Anne Ford and Nicola Bryant got about one soundbite each, as did William Russell, and nothing new was said at all. Neil Gaiman had far too much to say considering his limited input into Doctor Who, and there was nothing of Tom at all! Just a bit of Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Peter Davison, no Paul McGann at all. Was all a bit of a waste of time to watch - didn't tell me anything new, and certainly wouldn't have helped anyone who didn't know anything about Doctor Who to start with.

Posted on 29 Nov 2013 12:18:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Nov 2013 12:30:23 GMT
Tim Bradley says:
I enjoyed the 'Doctor Who Live After Party' on some level. It was nice to see all of the companions featured to celebrate the anniversary, and for me Sarah Sutton got to be interviewed (even though it was fleetingly brief) and she patted Peter on the back when he, Colin and Sylvester came out towards the end.

I agree though, it was rather rushed and not all of the companions got a speaking to. I would have liked to have seen Frazer, Wendy or Katy spoken to. I didn't know about Katy being sat on, probably looked away from one moment. And that quiz with the companions was rather rubbish, and I found it cringingly amusing when US delay occured. It goes to show that the After Party wasn't properly organised and the companions were rather hanging in the background. Give me a convention where I can chat to Doctor Who stars properly anyday.

A highlight though for me was the announcement of 'The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot' by Peter Davison which made up some of the disappointment in that party (which wasn't really a party to be honest). It seemed fake and rather set-up in my opinion.

Regarding William Russell, I recently heard in 'The Revenants' in 'The Light At The End' limited edition. He's really good in that, and I'm sure he's good in this one. I'll have to get 'The Rocket Man' myself since I find the story seemingly nostalgic and intriguing in a 60s style.

Tim.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2013 16:11:29 GMT
Timelord-007 says:
Trust me Tim buy this & Return of the Rocket Men, You won't be disappointed.
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