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This review is from: Ferril's Folly (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Set in the middle of The Key to Time season (Doctor Who - The Key to Time Box Set (Re-issue) [DVD] ) seems quite bizarre because there are six segments to the key to time and a corresponding set of six televised adventures to find them. I did not initially welcome this mid-season concept, however Ferril's Folly does fit into the season in a clever way, potentially allowing for more adventures of the Romana I character.
The story telling is dual narrative and pleasant to listen to. Season 16, the first umbrella Doctor Who season (all stories linked and consecutive) was far from perfect, but is fondly remembered. This was a more light entertainment and less serious era; the writer has shown Romana's naivety about Earth's practices very well, speaking to parochial Earth people as if they are aware of the galactic classifications that the planet has. Perhaps a season featuring two brilliant Time-Lords needed to be comic else the viewers (and therefore listeners of future audios) would have been too alienated.
Listen to this knowing that it will fit into the season and you will enjoy it more than I did during episode one. Ultimately, I was very satisfied because of various clever aspects to the script. Without giving too much away, the title is clever for more than one reason and a seemingly light and trivial start to the story ends up with a highly significant threat to the planet.
Well-acted, beautifully crafted and sufficiently original to add something worthwhile to the Doctor Who canon that would now be difficult to imagine being without.