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3.0 out of 5 stars Time fences, 10 Nov 2011
This review is from: The Forbidden Time (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
Two companions participating in one Companion Chronicle should have resulted in a very good product, but for some reason it just comes across as a bit dull. The central story concerning time fences is an interesting one and perhaps more time should have focussed on this rather than the events of what is essentially too many companions (Ben, Polly and Jamie) which adds to the a slow pace of getting to the better ideas later on.

Companion Chronicles are a difficult medium, because it relies so heavily on the narrator(s) to do their part and that of the Doctor. Here some of the source material would appear to be weaker as the some mannerisms of Troughton's Doctor are a direct lift from stories which feels more like overuse than it is rewarding; it would be nice to have something in keeping with the Doctor, but original at the same time.

The ending is clever, but the story is slow and overlong with some unnecessary scenes; some of the ideas are initially naive, and the gap before the tie-in explanation is too long; could have even worked as an extended one-part story. Perhaps where The Perpetual Bond (previous month's Companion Chronicle) is a very good example of a piece written for the time it is in being a good thing, for this story it feels like it is a constraining factor and perhaps these particular ideas could have benefited from a more dynamic TARDIS crew.
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