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Quinnis (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Dec 2010

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844355047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844355044
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 0.9 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Dec. 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is the sixth story in the fifth series of Companion Chronicles, stories told by companions of one or more incarnations of the Doctor, usually with one other supporting cast member.

In this story, Susan, the Doctor’s grand-daughter who travelled with the First Doctor (as played by William Hartnell) is telling the story of when she and her grandfather visited Quinnis, a mysterious planet in the Fourth Universe. She is now an older woman, a widow with a teenage son, and is trying to make some sense of where her life has led her. Reminiscing helps her find her way, and the story she tells us of Quinnis is a ‘coming of age’ story for her, where she finds herself placed in difficult moral and ethical circumstances, and where she fears she may disappoint her beloved grandfather.

I really enjoyed this story. I think the creation of the world of Quinnis was tremendously clever; the world is alien, unique, yet we are able, through the clever writing and heartfelt narrative of Carole Ann Ford as Susan, to ‘view’ this world of bridges, wide plains, a trading society built on traditions and superstitions, and the very alien birds who bring doom. The imagery of the world that we are hearing about was absolutely real to me; I could ‘see’ it all quite clearly.

The tale itself is quite unique as well. Firstly, it is set before the first tv serial An Unearthly Child, and the planet on which the story takes place is referenced in the tv series (in Edge of Destruction, where Susan mentions that they lost the Tardis on Quinnis “four or five journeys ago”).
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books in which an actor who played a companion to the Doctor in the tv show returns to the role to read an all new story for their character.

They do all the voices save one which is done by another actor.

And the stories run for two episodes of roughly thirty minutes each and are complete on a single cd.

This one sees Carole Ann Ford return to the role of Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter seen on screen back at the start of the First Doctor's era.

And it ties in to those days.

In the tv story Doctor Who The Edge of Destruction and The Pilot Episode [VHS] [1963] the TARDIS scanner shows an image of a planet which Susan says is 'Quinnis. In the fourth universe. Where they went several trips ago. And nearly lost the TARDIS.'

Big finish have drawn on that throwaway line and built a story from it.

A story of the days when it was just Susan and the Doctor travelling together. And when the chameleon circuit worked and the TARDIS would actually change to blend in with it's surroundings.

A brief opening that ties in with An Earthly Child (Doctor Who) sets the scene [you don't need to have heard that to hear this] as to Susan's life post her final tv appearance. And she tells the tale of their trip to Quinnis.

Quinnis is a world of plains and mountains and little technology, where people live in ramshackle towns.
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The planet Quinnis is suffering a severe draught and the local inhabitants believe the Doctor can end the draught. Susan makes friends with a girl called Meedla – who isn’t what she seems. The Tardis even has a working chameleon circuit and has disguised itself as a market stall. This uses the framing device of Susan writing a letter to David after the events of ‘An Earthly Child’, yet in that story David was dead. I haven’t heard the ‘Relative Dimensions’ story from the Eighth Doctor Adventures yet so maybe I am missing something? The story about Quinnis that Susan is recalling is set before the events of ‘An Unearthly Child’. ‘Quinnis’ was written by Marc Platt, and directed by Lisa Bowerman.

With only two actresses, Meedla is played by Tara-Louise Kaye, this relies heavily on narration; unsurprisingly that limits the range of voices, and Carol just can’t even come close to Hartnell’s voice. Susan mentions the planet Quinnis in ‘The Edge of Destruction’, which is a nice tie-in to the original series. There is some good narration and imagery. This just doesn’t have the impact of something like ‘The Last Post’. While the music makes very little impact on the atmosphere at all. The story is ok but merely ok.
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HASH(0x894bf6d8) out of 5 stars Exciting and imaginitive! 1 April 2012
By Don - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Having loved Marc Platt's TV story Ghost Light, but not at all his novel Time's Crucible, I wondered about this - the first of the "Companion Chronicles" that I would be sampling. Fortunately, it's a highly enjoyable story! The one-hour audio adventure features the First Doctor and Susan, travelling on their own before their time in 1963 London. Carole Ann Ford narrates the story, with only one other character's voice being read by another actor (as is, seemingly, the norm for these productions) - in this case, Carole Ann's real-life daughter! Ford easily slips back into the role she originally left nearly 50 years prior, and part of what makes her performance so astonishingly good is how well she's able to imitate the mannerisms and cadence of William Hartnell's delivery when reading the dialogue for the Doctor. The story packs a lot into its pair of 30-minute episodes, and Platt gives us an alien world that really seems alien, with lots of rich imagery and impressively unusual features. All in all, I was surprised at just how well-done and enjoyable a Doctor Who audiobook could be, and I've already started picking up more.
HASH(0x894bf924) out of 5 stars Solid Companion Chronicle 6 Feb. 2015
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There are some Companion Chronicles that absolutely blow me away and provide amazing new insight into a character. Quinnis isn't one of those, but it is a fantastic adventure tale set before an Unearthly Child that finds the Doctor and Susan on the planet Quinnis.

Carole Ann Ford captures the spirit of the First Doctor very well in her reading and you see the tenderness and care he has for her. The story world is pretty interesting and writer Marc Platt brings it to life quite nicely as this piece of continuity from the TV show is filled in. There's a scary monster and a a few nice plot twists. Ford and her daughter are great working together in this story. Overall, this was a fun hour of audio.
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