Transit of Venus (Dr Who Companion Chronicles 3.7) Audio CD – Audiobook, 15 Jan 2009
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Looking back on his long and eventful life, former science teacher (and traveller in Space and Time) Ian Chesterton tells of a time when he and the mysterious Doctor sailed the South Pacific with Captain Cook, on one of the greatest of all voyages of science and discovery. But where is the Doctor’s Ship, the TARDIS? And where are Susan and Barbara? And are they the only visitors to this famous voyage…?
This is an excellent two-part story narrated and performed brilliantly by William Russell as Ian (also playing the First Doctor, Captain Cook and other roles), while Ian Hallard plays the scientist Joseph Banks. The format works really well and the story hovers tantalisingly between being a Hartnell-era pure historical and one of the later stories in which aliens appear in our history. Which type it is, you will have to discover…
The story is set in Season One, very precisely between ‘The Sensorites’ and ‘The Reign of Terror’, and it would certainly help to get the most from this adventure if you’re familiar with the earlier story. However, Ian explains the events of their time on Sense-Sphere in case you haven’t seen it.
The mystery is very ingeniously written by Jacqueline Rayner as part psychological drama and part adventure story, weaving in the genuine people and incidents of the voyage of the Endeavour.Read more ›
For anyone who enjoys the William Hartnell era, it's wonderful to be able to revisit it in the company of one of the original cast, in a tale which evokes those 1960s adventures so brilliantly.
This particular release focuses on Ian Chesterton (William Russell) who along with Barbara Wright, was one of the first human companions to accompany the First Doctor and his grand-daughter, Susan, on their adventures in time and space. I had watched the First Doctor's adventures recently on DVD and was particularly fond of Ian and Barbara's tenure on the show. This story takes place firmly between two of the televised adventures, 'The Sensorites' and 'The Reign of Terror' and makes frequent reference to the events of the former adventure, so it is recommended that you view that serial before listening to this audiobook. Luckily, it has been recently released on DVD as Doctor Who - The Sensorites [DVD], so it should be easier to source than before when your only option was VHS or dodgy youtube links.
William Russell manages to keep the story interesting and it does feel as if it would slot into the First Doctor's era, since there is a very historical & educational tone to the story, which was one of the key components to the early black and white serials.Read more ›