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The creature from beyond time,
This review is from: Dr Who the Time Vampire CD (Dr Who Big Finish Companion) (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books that feature an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on tv returning to the role to read an all new story for their character. These are usually two part stories complete on one disc with the main actor reading the narration and doing all the voices save for one which will be done by a guest actor.
This one sees Louise Jameson return to the role of Leela, who she played opposite Tom Baker's doctor back in the 1970's.This is the third companion chronicle she'd done, following The Catalyst (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) and Empathy Games (Dr Who Big Finish Companions). The three form a loose trilogy, as an aged leela who is prisoner of evil aliens waits for death and tells tales of her past. But there's enough exposition in this that you don't need to have heard the other two in order to get into it.
The two episodes on this one run for roughly thirty five minutes each. Leela tells of how the Doctor decided to build a new version of K9 when the original began to act erratically [a bit of continuity that never really needed to be filled in] and how she and the robot dog encounter a strange etheral creature inside the TARDIS that sends them and the Doctor careering through time.
Thus the bulk of the first episode has them going all over the place into strange situations trying to understand what is going on. This could get confusing but it hooks the listener and makes you want to know what will happen next and what the ultimate explanation is. All this leads to a decent cliffhanger as the Doctor realises they've landed in the middle of a very bad day.
There's more of the same in part two. The phrase 'timey wimey' coined by the new series, is an apt description. Guest voice actor John Leeson returns to the role of K9 and also voices another character who is well written with some believable motivation. The creature that is causing this is well created via good music and sound that makes it sound like something from realms beyond what we'd know.
The last ten minutes of part two have to wrap up the story and finish this trilogy also. They do this in a very neat manner that will make you want to listen to the cd again as you'll now see it in a different light. And it's also rather moving at times. Although it can feel like it goes on for a little bit too long.
But all in all a clever little bit of Doctor who and a fitting end to Leela and this trilogy.
Theres a trailer for the next story in the range after part two, and four minutes of chat with cast and crew right after that. Although that track being just 3;56 minutes long means they don't get the chance to say quite as much as you might like.