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The Rocket Men
on 24 April 2012
This is another in the companion chronicles; in this instance Ian Chesterton tells a tale of when he, Barbara and Vicki, travelling with the First Doctor, are caught up in circumstances they could never have dreamed of. What should have been a pleasant and unexpected holiday on the planet Jobis becomes a nightmare when they are caught up in terrorism and piracy. And what can they, or the Doctor, do to save themselves or the planet?
This is one of the stand-out companion chronicles; the writing itself is so compelling that, together with the narrative supplied by William Russell as Ian (and voicing some of the other characters), you find yourself drawn completely into the story. The audio story is so beautifully crafted that you never find yourself missing any visuals that would have been available in a tv story.
The narrative changes from the present to the past (with shorter distances between the two, as the past becomes the present) smoothly; always there is a phrase or word that is used to link between the two narratives. Ian's character is perfectly crafted; slightly tetchy with the Doctor, protective and loving towards Vicki and Barbara; and terribly concerned to ensure the safety of his friends and companions. The other characters are also perfectly captured in this story, which seems to fit so well into the First Doctor era. This is one of those stories you find yourself playing through twice; not to understand it, but to enjoy once again the story and the marvellous telling of it.