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This review is from: The Magician's Oath (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)Tenth in the latest series of doctor who companion chronicles. These are a range of talking books that feature an actor who played a doctor who companion on tv returning to the role to read an all new story for their character.These feature the actor in question reading the tale and doing all the character voices [spoken as their character would do it rather than impersonating the other character themselves] save one, which is done by another actor.
These stories are complete on one cd and have two episodes running for roughly thirty five minutes each. They end the disc with a short interview with the main actor and a trailer for the next in the range.
This one features Richard Franklin returning to the role of UNIT Captain Mike Yates, who he played opposite Jon Pertwee's Doctor back in the seventies. In this story strange weather is affecting London and when people are frozen to death in snow in Hyde Park on a hot summer's day, UNIT and the Doctor investigate. They find the cause to be a strange magician called Diamond Jack. His powers are seemingly more than mere illusion. But investigating Jack pushes him too far, and leads to a desperate confrontation atop a London landmark...
This is a story that very much fits the style of it's era, although some of the set pieces would have been hard to realise on a tv budget of the time. But on audio they work superbly. The narration is very evocative in describing the Hyde park scene, and you won't forget it in a hurry.
Guest actor Michael Chance turns in a very strong performance as Diamond Jack, who gets a memorable speech about how little he knows about the Doctor. He's really very scary at times also, particularly at the end of part one. Whilst Jack's true nature seems a bit clichéd to begin with, it's handled well enough for that not to matter.
I did find some of the music a little intrusive at points and both episodes could have possibly lost a few minutes in the middle to make them better paced, but the end of this is quite superb. After a thrilling confrontation with Jack the story deals with Mike's relationship with Jo. Something that never got as much of a look in on television as intended. And on what happened to him after UNIT. These scenes are superbly written and beautifully read by Richard Franklin and may just leave a lump in your throat.
A really very good and memorable audio and well worth getting.