Quinnis (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Dec 2010
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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”).Read more ›
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]  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.Read more ›
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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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.