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The Great Space Elevator (Dr Who Big Finish Companions) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Aug 2008
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this time it's the turn for deborah watling to reprise the role of victoria waterfield, who she played alongside patrick troughton's doctor in the 1960's. her particular era of the show is famous for what they called 'base under siege' stories, and this is a homage to that style. the tardis crew visit near future earth, where a huge elevator based in sumatra leads all the way up to a space station high above. something has taken over the station, and it has deadly plans for earth. can the doctor save the day?
this succeeds very well indeed at recreating the style of the era, with cold scientist characters in a futuristic base, and some scary moments from a nasty monster. all the regular characters are very well written indeed and well in character. deborah watling reads the story playing victoria as a lady of mature years, and she has a good voice that's nice to listen to. usually in this series the reader has tried to impersonate the voice of the other characters, but she doesn't do that here, and that works perfectly well because they're written so well in character that it's not a problem.
each episode runs for roughly thirty eight minutes, and that is a little on the slow side at times pacing wise, but the nature of the story is always driving the narrative forward, so it's not as much of a problem as it has been in a few other releases in the range.
the final track on the disc has a short preview clip for the forthcoming third story in this season, featuring katy manning reprising the role of the third doctor's companion jo grant.
this could do with being slightly shorter, but all in all it's an excellent attempt to recapture the style of the time, and an entertaining listen
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The three arrive in Sumatra in the far future the site of the Great Space elevator used to transport items to a weather control station in geosynchronous orbit. As these are the days before the Doctor carried Psychic paper they are of course noticed by security and apprehended.
The Doctor after fixing a problem at the station gets involved noticing an issue and he Victoria and Jamie are off into orbit where then encounter a danger to (surprise)the entire human race.
Debra Wattling tells the story well and makes the keeps the story flowing and Helen Goldwyn as the security chief does an admirable job as security chief Tara Kerley.
As the 2nd doctor only has 4 living actors who were companions to him expect to see more of Debra and Victoria in the future, or past. That will not be a bad thing.
One minor note for some reason the full title of this adventure isn't in the Amazon listing and there is a parallel one Dr Who Companion Chronicles 3.2 Great (Dr Who Big Finish Companions)with the darkening eye's cover on it (in automotive of all things). I don't know why this is the case, but since Amazon doesn't sell it directly I'd be sure that this is what you are buying before you do.