Home Truths (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Nov 2008
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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.Read more ›
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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".