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5.0 out of 5 stars Steven's day of destiny, 9 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Return of the Rocket Men (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books which 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.

They usually do all the voices as well, save for one which will be played by a guest actor.

They normally run for two part of roughly thirty minutes each, and are complete on a single cd.

This one sees Peter Purves return to the role of Steven Taylor, whom he played opposite William Hartnell's Doctor back in the nineteen sixties.

This story is a two parter, the epeisodes running for thirty five and thirty two minutes each [approx].

It sees the return of the Rocket Men, vicious space pirates who first featured in an earlier companion chronicle The Rocket Men (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles). There are some references to events in that story in this one, but this story does stand largely on it's own and you can hear it without having heard that.

There are also a few references to another story that featured Steven The First Wave (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) but you don't need to have that one either to understand this story.

This one begins with Steven recounting his first meeting with the rocket men. Well before he met the Doctor, when he was a spaceship pilot. The use of present tense in this scene takes a short while to get used to, but you swiftly do because it does become rather gripping. Guest actor Tim Treloar comes into this after a few minutes as Rocket Man Van Cleef, and he's such a strong and well acted character that it really commands the attention.

The story does then slow down slightly as we get back to Steven in the TARDIS, and there's a few minutes with him and the Doctor and Dodo in a TARDIS scene. Those who have heard Peter Purves's earlier efforts in this range will know how superb his take on the First Doctor is and it's a pleasure to hear that again. He also does a pretty good voice for Dodo.

The time travellers reach a frontier world that has been attacked by the Rocket Men. And then the story really kicks into gear once again. The setting is very well realised and the sound design is great. And once the baddies are revealed, Steven and the Doctor are at loggerheads because of their ideas about what to do clashing. This offers some interesting moral food for thought.

The final quarter of this episode makes you look at it all again in a whole new light, because there's a little more to some of it than may have caught your attention at first listen. It's a very clever bit of scripting. Although I did spot one clue early on. All of this leads to a great cliffhanger.

The second episode is slightly more conventional but it flies by. It's full of some great character moments for everyone involved. And as ever with a lot of this series the main character does have an epiphany. The one is this story is touching and very nicely handled.

The music is quite stirring at points as well.

A cracking good listen, this is a superb story and well worth getting.

There's a trailer for the next release in this range on the track after the end of part two.

And just under nine minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the track after that.
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Initial post: 30 Oct 2013 21:03:21 GMT
Had many Emails from BF writer's especailly Matt Fitton & John Dorney.
Great review of the story.
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