Reviewed By: SkyTwo
Review Date: 11/28/14 3:29 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
The Companion Chronicles was pretty hit-or-miss, though the same could probably be said of all of Big Finish's product lines. I was sorry to see it end, and eager to see this series begin. I really liked the premise of CC, but there's nothing wrong with 'more Doctor,' either, and Russell gives a characteristically solid performance as Ian and the voice of the Doctor. Carole Ann Ford has had lots of opportunities to do something she wasn't really permitted to do much in her time on the classic series, and it's very refreshing to see Susan as the confident, intelligent young woman that many of the 60s writers just couldn't seem to handle. The supporting cast is also quite good. Maybe even excellent. And things get off to a fantastic start, with the sort of epic adventure that even the newer, costlier TV series can still only dream of.
Which is why I ultimately found myself so disappointed. I was pretty excited to see that the Voord would be returning as the villains for a couple of reasons: first is their enigmatic nature and (flippers aside, of course) the menacing aura it gives them. Second is the fact that I actually kind of LIKED Keys of Marinus. It wasn't what you'd call good, but it was ambitious, imaginative, endearingly cheap, and totally bonkers (near-rape aside, of course). When this story decided to establish a lot of backstory and motive for the Voord, I felt like it was ditching a lot of their appeal. Especially in the way it was handled, which just made them feel like a water-logged imitation of another series villain. The second disappointment was the decision to resolve the threat of a full-scale planetary invasion with a rinky-dink, 60s TV-scale plan.
These are pretty subjective criticisms, of course, and the quality of the performances and the production suggest that a lot of care is going to go into the series. I'll still be looking forward to future entries, and all in all this is a promising start.