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3.0 out of 5 stars fireside chat, 4 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Old Soldiers (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
third in the latest series of doctor who companion chronicles audios. these involve an actor who played a companion on tv to one of the first four doctors playing the part once again, reading a talking book featuring a new story for their character and the doctor. There is always one other speaking part in the story.

This runs for sixty minutes, in two thirty minute long episodes, and involves nicholas courtney, the brigadier on screen, telling the story of a strange encounter the brigadier had in germany when visiting a castle used as a UNIT base there, which turns out to be haunted.

The story is framed with the brigadier sitting down, pouring himself a glass, and then telling the listener the tale. this is a nice touch and added to nicholas courtneys superb voice it makes it a real pleasure to listen to. like all these stories the lead actor has to impersonate the doctor, and it tends to come over more like the character doing that than the actor, but his take on jon pertwee's voice works fine.

toby longworth the other speaking voice does two different roles, which both could sound rather similar, but he's talented enough to make them different so you are never confused.

This is a good but not great story. It has a good set up in part one but then part two plays out in a rather predictable fashion, although the climax is pretty powerful stuff, and there are a few moments that hardcoe doctor who fans will enjoy.

the final track on the disc is a short interview with nicholas courtney that is well worth listening to, then ten minutes or so of the score to the tale with no dialogue to get in the way.

An okay story. but a very good listen
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