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8.8 - The Sleeping City

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 5/8/16 5:33 pm
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William Russell plays this well, it is a neat little story, it has a theme that has been used before, the idea of dreaming can be used for many things other than just the brains way of letting of a pressure valve to the sub-consciousness of our psyche. The simple fact is however that, it is also a point of which, due to us all being at a vulnerable level of our self, them we are prone to it also being exposed to that which can cause fear, anxiety, and ultimately our own downfall. John Banks plays a sort of police investigator who is essentially interrogating our time traveller in regards to the Doctor, and Barbara. The story flows at a pace where William can play out the drama and make us feel incorporated, it is told in flashback, and this is where Potter's words paint the story. Overall this above all else oozes quality beyond it's production. Thouroughbly enjoyable.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/15/15 5:23 pm
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'The Sleeping City' features: the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Vicki Pallister. This audio play was written by Ian Potter and directed by Lisa Bowerman. The music and effects are by Toby Hrycek-Robinson. The Companion Chronicles range have some of the most intelligent and emotive writing in the BF catalogue. This is different as it's still a thoughtful piece of writing, but lacks the emotive element of its brothers and sisters.

Ian and Barbara are back on earth and being held by the authorities, suspected of being Russian spies, after they kidnapped their then pupil Susan Foreman and fled the country. Ian regales his interrogator with the Tardis crew's expedition to Fisk. A planet that uses dream technology in a shared ritual called Limbus.

William Russell narrates as Ian Chesterton; John Banks plays Gerrard. Obviously William’s attempts at impersonating his former co-stars are somewhat off key, but he manages to inject enough charm and warmth into his reading that it really doesn't matter. Then again, John Banks' voices are very cartoonish. The Story itself is a kind of murder mystery on an alien planet. Lisa Bowerman's directing helps lift this average story; ultimately though this is not the best the range has to offer, but a respectable effort none the less.