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Home Truths (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Nov 2008

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844353540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844353545
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
fifth in the latest series of talking books called doctor who: the companion chronicles. these are doctor who stories read by an actor who played one of the doctors companions on tv, telling an untold story for the character.

they run for roughly seventy minutes, split into two episodes. the reader will voice all characters save one other who is done by another voice actor. and the main reader will usually do fairly decent takes on how the other main characters in the story, such as the doctor or any other companions, would have spoken.

this story features jean marsh returning the role of sara kingdom, who was a short lived companion on tv to the first doctor who. she appeared midway through a twelve part story and died at the end of it. and this story is set during a gap between two episodes of that one.

the disc begins with a trailer for the forthcoming next release in the range - but doesnt say what it's title is - and has a seven and a half minute interview on the last track with the two main actors and the director.

the story involves a man travelling to a lonely house in the fens, and meeting a lady called miss kingdom there. she has a tale to tell him. that he wants to hear. about the doctor and steven and sara and the time they visited the house. and what happened when they did.

thus a lot of the story involves a conversation between miss kingdom and the man, who is voiced by the other actor, and when we get to the story of what happened when the doctor visited, she relates it to him.

this strives hard for atmosphere, trying to have miss kingdom describe the events as if it were a dream, and this plus the constant return to the characters having the conversation do mean the first episode is a bit slow to get going.
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Like a Machen ghost story, this is a note perfect, compact tale that is an absolute joy to listen to. It will want you leaving more Companion Chronicles with Sara Kingdom thanks to the incredibly strong performance by Jean Marsh. The series best of this Big Finish cashflow improver.
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From a series of (usually) good releases, this is a brilliant addition. It's great to have Jean Marsh back, giving a tour de force performance as Sara. Big thumbs up to the cleverly crafted writing too. Buy it!
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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of the Sara Kingdom Trilogy 24 May 2016
By Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This story begins the process of fleshing out the character of Sara Kingdom as, from a guest house, she recounts arriving at a mysterious house in the middle of nowhere only to discover two bodies. This is a very rich story, with a great psychological element and two mysteries: one in the story Sara's telling as well as in the framing story. Overall, this is a very engaging release that sets the stage for the rest of the Sara Kingdom trilogy.
2.0 out of 5 stars Shame on you Big Finish - this is a drawn out money grab. 17 Aug. 2016
By BKW - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Let me start off by saying that I love Doctor Who....I like Sara Kingdom and I felt that Jean Marsh read the story beautifully. My problem is with content and cost. First, for those of you who don't realize, this is just part 1 of a trilogy so if you buy disk #1 you must also buy The Drowned World and The Guardian of the Galaxy to hear the whole thing. The story is mildly interesting but at $11 to $15 per CD this is NOT a story worth $33-45 dollars!! If this had been done with a more popular and mainstream companion then maybe, just maybe, it would justify the cost.....but unless you are a HUGE Sara Kingdom fan it's simply not worth the overblown price. This is a story that could have been put out in a single set at a much lower price. I felt it was padded to justify putting out 3 separate audio books. Is Big Finish getting greedy?

I also didn't like the format which tells 3 short and rather boring background stories about Steven, The First Doctor and Sara Kingdom IN THE PAST TENSE. Without giving away any spoilers it's safe to say that this past tense style doesn't work well for Doctor Who - which should be all about excitement and tension and near escapes. However, since you are hearing what happened after the fact, there is no real tension or danger in any of the stories and in the end the Doctor and his companions take a huge back seat to this fireside story telling style. In my opinion, these mini-stories are basically just little vignettes designed solely as filler to what is otherwise a long drawn out 3 CD episode of Sara feeling angst over the death of her brother. Though beautifully read by Jean Marsh, I didn't find this to be hugely "psychological" as another reviewer indicates....I also didn't find that it created much character depth. It simply has Sara stating over and over how sad, regretful and upset she is over her brother's death.....it goes nowhere and becomes repetitive. This is all interwoven with the "mystery" of the house which is slowly dolled out over the 3 audio books. No one CD brings closure and no story on any single CD is worth the price of that CD. If they were going to bring Sara Kingdom back it would have been much better to follow the normal Doctor Who style and do a real-time story filled with all the action and adventure stemming from the places she and the others landed rather than to adopt the "once upon a time" style that was used here. Instead, the format is this: Spooky house mystery is discussed (around the fireplace)...followed by a minor flashback story about The Doctor with very little content...interspersed with Sara showing angst over Bret Vyon's death.....rinse and repeat for 3 CDs. I wanted to like it more. However, I really like Jean's ability as a voice artist and would love to see her voice other characters in other audio books (she would be a good match to read new Sarah Jane Smith/Elisabeth Sladen material).....but really, Sara Kingdom's time has come and gone and this just seems like a long drawn out money grab and it doesn't even do a good job of telling the story of a character it worked so hard to "bring back".
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