- Audio CD: 2 pages
- Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (28 Feb. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844354636
- ISBN-13: 978-1844354634
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1 x 14.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 739,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dr Who Companion Chronicles the Suffering (Dr Who Big Finish) Audio CD – Audiobook, 28 Feb 2010
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The crucial story is very good. Neither narrator fully captivated me on this occasion forcing a relisten to most episodes. This is probably because the pace is just too slow as capable minds need more to keep them attentive. There are some nice scenes, and it is quite amusing at times. Purves does Hartnell beautifully so he should have done them on the second disc rather than have Maureen O'Brien impersonate a difficult-to-impersonate man.
Big Finish are certainly moving into more adult themes with series 4 and 5 of the Companion Chronicles. It does not bother me, but might affect some audiences.
A very good audio overall that perhaps should have been two long episodes, rather than 4 shorter ones. I don't like narrators needlessly padding my day out. When you listen to some other readings, the narrators are double speed at times trying to fit it in. The equivalent series five 4-episode story Peri and the Piscon Paradox (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles), also very adult at times, is an example of how a traditional four-parter is should be done, although I am would not want to encourage more than one a year.
But like a few of them lately this one breaks the format because it has not one but two former companions reading the story and it's a four parter spread over two discs.
Peter Purves and Maureen O'Brien played Steven and Vicki opposite William Hartnell's doctor back in the 1960's. They return to their roles here for a tale featuring both their characters. This runs for four episodes spread over two discs, Peter Purves reading the bulk of the former and Maureen O'Brien reading the bulk of the latter. The episodes vary in length from thirty to thirty eight minutes.
The story involves the TARDIS arriving in Britain in 1912. A time of social unrest with the suffragettes campaigning for votes for women. And also that year the legendary Piltdown Man was discovered. Claimed to be the missing link in evolution, it was later exposed as a fraud.
Here, Vicki finds the Piltdown man skull and apparently falls under an alien influence. A creature from another world, a woman from a society where females were slaves to men, the creature hates men with a passion and wants them all dead. And on a planet where a battle of the sexes is raging and turning violent, the entire Earth could be in deadly danger as a result.
The narrative device of the story is that the two companions are recording a record of events after things took place.Read more ›
And now to the story on it itself: oh, that more women had written for "Doctor Who" over the years! The characterisations and the thought that went into this story were truly wonderful and made for something which - for me - is much more thought-provoking and enjoyable than endless special sound effects and explosions.
It was so great for me on a number of levels: the Piltdown element I greatly enjoyed. One of my friends reconstructed the skull of an Australopithecus Africanus and told me that it had taken him just ten seconds to tell that "Piltdown Man" was a fake!
My great-grandmother was a suffragist - someone we're immensely proud of in the family. It was really nice having a story which dealt with that period of British history and of the feelings that must have been there for millions of unenfranchised women all over the country.
And to have Maureen O' Brien, my all-time favourite female companion, reconstructing her character Vicki alongside the wonderful Peter Purves whose imitation of William Hartnell is a joy to listen to.
And the backroom chats with the actors about what life was like working on "Doctor Who" in the 1960s, right down to which restaurant William Hartnell used to take Peter Purves to lunch to (as Peter was one of Mr. Hartnell's "likes" rather than being on his long list of "dislikes" lol!) were all priceless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the seventh story in the fourth series of the Companion Chronicles. These are stories that tell of an adventure of a past Doctor, usually told by the Doctor’s companion at... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Keen Reader
It is nearly 45 years since Maureen O'Brien and Peter Purves first played these roles, yet they sound no older than when they appeared in black & white! Read morePublished on 18 April 2010 by M. Gardiner