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Beyond the Ultimate Adventure (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Dec 2011

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844355853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844355853
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jan. 2012
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books that usually see an actor who played a companion to the Doctor in the tv series return to the role to read an all new adventure.

However, this one rather breaks that format.

A few years back now Jon Pertwee and later Colin Baker both reprised the role of the Doctor on stage in a stage show called Doctor Who: the ultimate adventure. Later adapted for audio The Ultimate Adventure (Doctor Who: The Stageplays) the story saw the Doctor and his companions - nightclub singer Crystal and early nineteenth century french nobleman Jason - in a spectacular quest across the galaxy, battling mercenaries and monsters and aliens. And dealing with Margaret Thatcher.

This release reunites Colin Baker and the two actors who played Jason and Crystal in the audio version for a story that is a sequel to it.

Anyone who didn't see the play or who hasn't heard the adaptation should be able to get into it quite easily, as it fills in all the exposition you could need along the way.

It adopts a different format to others as well in that it has Jason and Crystal tell the story in the form of a report they are recording on behalf of the Doctor to present to the Time Lords about a recent adventure of theirs. Thus the two of them narrate most of it, but Colin Baker in the role of the Doctor does read all his dialogue in the scenes that the narration describes in which he features.

This does take a little while to get going - it opens with a minute's worth of music.
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Released back in December 2011 ‘Beyond the Ultimate Adventure’ was written by none other than Terence Dicks, and is the first story he has written since ‘the Five Doctors’. This story is a sequel to The Ultimate Adventure, an audio adaptation of a 1989 stage play. Narrated for continuity leading one scene into another but stars Colin as ‘the Doctor’, Claire Huckle as ‘Crystal’ and ‘Noel Sullivan’ as Jason, so this has some pedigree.
A mercenary calls the Doctor and his crew to the Bar Galactica where he takes on a quest to another dimension for treasure and to prevent universal danger.

The quality of the samples used in the music is mostly of a very high quality, but the arrangement of the music is awful. Deliberately jumbled at times to show hectic confusion the composer has taken his mandate to far at times. There is also lots of bland ominous droning music. The whole tone of the production is sombre and the Doctor quotes ‘Edgar Alan Poe’.

In general the acting is missing enthusiasm. Welsh born Noel Sullivan plays his character with a strong clichéd French accent which saps a lot of atmosphere from his narration. It’s hard to blame Colin and Claire for phoning their lines in at times.

Ok, the writing isn’t the best and the acting is decidedly average at best but the music kills any real atmosphere. A different musical arrangement wouldn’t cure all the problems with this but it would go a long way. There are lots of unnecessary continuity call backs to various Terrence Dicks adventures, and the story is rather boring. I have never heard a story that lacks strong imagery as much as this one does. The bright side? Jason Haigh-Ellery’s direction, that’s it. I am told you really need to hear the Ultimate Adventure stageplay, to fully get this
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This is not a great story... I'm usually a big fan of the comapnion chronicles but this made me shudder.... could someone explain why these 2 people are companions?
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