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5.0 out of 5 stars war and peace, 24 Jan 2008
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This review is from: Mother Russia (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
first in a new series of doctor who companion chronicles audios. these are talking books read by actors who played companions of the first four doctors on tv. They tell an all new story not heard or seen before, and they always have one other actor involved who will do the single other speaking role in the tale.

Like most of them, this one runs for just over an hour, in two half hour episodes, and has an interview with the main actor at the end of it.

This story involves steven taylor, companion to the first doctor, played by actor peter purves who reads this tale. In it the tardis arrives in russia in the summer of 1812, and steven the doctor and other companion dodo settle into an idyllic life staying on a farm in the russian countryside. but war is looming, as napoleon is about to invade. and so is another invader from beyond the stars. their peaceful summer is about to be rudely shattered.

This is very well read by peter purves who does a good impression of william hartnell, and whilst the story moves a little slowly at times you simply don't mind because the atmosphere it conjures up in creating the setting is absolutely superb and a pleasure to listen to. It's a good little story, well resolved in part two.

And the above mentioned interview with peter purves is very good and worth listening to. a strong start to the new batch of companion chronicles
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Initial post: 22 Feb 2011 15:54:01 GMT
Alexa says:
Is this an account of a First Series Dr Who TV episode, or an original, more recent, work of fiction?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2011 18:58:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Feb 2011 19:06:13 GMT
Paul Tapner says:
The latter. My apologies for not mentioning that in the review. I normally do when reviewing these but I clearly neglected to on this occasion. I have thus amended it

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2011 00:17:51 GMT
Alexa says:
OK. Thanks.
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