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The Sleeping City (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Feb 2014

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781780900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781780909
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books which see an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on tv return to the role to read an all new story for their character.

They also do all the voices save one, which is done by a guest actor.

The stories are usually two parters, complete on one cd with episodes of thirty minutes apiece [approx.]

This story sees William Russell once again return to the role of Ian Chesterton, who he played alongside William Hartnell's Doctor back in the first two years of the show.

It's a two parter, episodes running for thirty nine and thirty three minutes respectively [approx.].

It starts after Ian and Barbara returned to Earth after their travels in the TARDIS. Their absence has attracted attention, and as a result, Ian finds himself under interrogation by a member of British Intelligence.

Who wants to know all about the Doctor.

So Ian tells him about a trip he, the Doctor, Vicki and Barbara made. To a strange city called Hisk. Which has a unique system of trade. Machines where citizens share dreams. And a dark secret at it's heart...

Many of these stories have framing devices. This is one of the best of them. As it all feels so very sixties. Both Ian and the Interrogator coming over as men of that time. And the latter being very careful not to reveal all that he wants to know from the off.

Once you get into the Hisk sequences - where as ever William Russell does some very good voices, particularly for the Doctor, the setting is initially quite intriguing and very original. Feeling like something they would have been able to do on tv back in the day.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 July 2016
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This is one of the series of Companion Chronicles (the eighth story in the eighth series). These normally feature a past companion of one of the Doctor’s incarnations, narrating a story from their time with the Doctor, and performing the roles of most of the cast along the way, with usually one other actor playing a key role in the story. This story, written by Ian Potter features a story set in the time of the First Doctor, with his companions Ian and Barbara, and Vicki.

The narrative is undertaken by Ian Chesterton, as played by William Russell, who also performs most of the other roles in the story, apart from parts played throughout by the ever versatile John Banks.

Ian and Barbara have been found following their return to London, and are being ‘interviewed’ as to their whereabouts and the whereabouts of the young girl they disappeared with, Susan Foreman. Ian tells the story of their travels with the Doctor, and to demonstrate the truth of his story, he tells of their time in the city of Hisk. Hisk is a most unusual city, where the citizens trade between themselves for all they could want, and share their dreams – literally. When Vicki, Barbara and Ian share in the dreams, they find themselves in the middle of a nightmare.

This is a story that fits brilliantly in the era of the First Doctor, and the time that Ian and Barbara left, and wanted to return to; the 1960s, the time of the Cold War, spy games, and espionage. The story unfolds with a great sense of menace in Ian’s current day, and with a delightful innocence in the story that he tells of Hisk; an innocence that in turn becomes menacing and dangerous as the Doctor and his friends find themselves caught in circumstances beyond what they could have imagined.
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‘The Sleeping City’ features: the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Vicki Pallister. This audio play was written by Ian Potter and directed by Lisa Bowerman. The music and effects are by Toby Hrycek-Robinson. The Companion Chronicles range have some of the most intelligent and emotive writing in the BF catalogue. This is different as it’s still a thoughtful piece of writing, but lacks the emotive element of its brothers and sisters.

Ian and Barbara are back on earth and being held by the authorities, suspected of being Russian spies, after they kidnapped their then pupil Susan Foreman and fled the country. Ian regales his interrogator with the Tardis crew’s expedition to Fisk. A planet that uses dream technology in a shared ritual called Limbus.

William Russell narrates as Ian Chesterton; John Banks plays Gerrard. Obviously William’s attempts at impersonating his former co-stars are somewhat off key, but he manages to inject enough charm and warmth into his reading that it really doesn’t matter. Then again, John Banks' voices are very cartoonish. The Story itself is a kind of murder mystery on an alien planet. Lisa Bowerman’s directing helps lift this average story; ultimately though this is not the best the range has to offer, but a respectable effort none the less.
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This has a really great story which is highly entertaining. William Russell does a superb job on taking on the role of the doctor on this story in a way that you can actually believe it is william Hartnell's doctor. This is one of my personal favourites by big finish simply because I find the story really good and the atmosphere about it too. Russell also grasps the voice of vicki quite well, in the way that maureen O'Brien actually spoke in the show. Overall, I thought this was a good story with a good twist in the end. Highly recommended.
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