Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are 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 featuring their character.
They usually run for two parts of roughly thirty minutes each, and are complete on one disc.
And the lead actor reads all the roles save for one which is performed by a guest actor.
This story sees Katy Manning return to the role of Jo Grant, who she played opposite Jon Pertwee's Doctor back in the seventies.
This story is set in the Third Doctor's fourth season. After the time lords had ended his exile to earth. And it begins with some nicely written and emotional scenes with the The Brigadier and Jo at UNIT HQ, whilst the Doctor is off travelling in the TARDIS. Both having to face up to the fact that the Doctor's wanderlust might get the better of him not he can travel again.
Then the Doctor returns. With an alien along for the ride. And suddenly UNIT is under attack.
A gripping depiction of the resulting battle ensues. All seems lost.
Then Jo finds things go rather strange.
It is blantantly obvious what is actually happening at this point. But it takes up the entire final third of the first part and gets a bit repetitive very quickly.
It's the same for the first third of part two.
But then the story gets back on track with decent exposition.
And it manages to spring a surprise. Or two.
The final third does what this range does best. Have the companion come to an emotional realisation and emerge a stronger person a a result. This does that, and sums up the Third Doctor/Jo relationship beautifully as a result.
So whilst this is possibly a bit overlong and does sag in the middle, it emerges as a nice enough listen in the end.
There's a short trailer for the next companion chronicle after the end of part two.
And just under eight minutes of interviews with cast and crew after that. This contains a very touching moment towards the end, and is a very worthwhile listen.