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3.7 - The Abandoned

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/6/15 6:00 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

'The Abandoned' was written Nigel Fairs and Louise Jameson is rather surreal and packed full of good ideas. The Doctor wants to take Leela to Gallifrey to continue her education; however, things go a bit awry during their journey. The original owner of the Tardis, who has been stuck on board for hundreds of years, puts in an appearance. There are imaginary characters, and various objects, being brought into existence all the time so it's a bit hard to follow or explain at times, due to its chaotic nature. I wasn't a fan of this on first listening, it took a second for me to really get into this. The first episode just sort of happens with explanations being more forthcoming in the second half.

The sounds and music are full and luscious. Ken Bentley's is rarely anything less than superb. The acting is top draw with Stephanie Cole's performance as Marianna, the original Tardis owner, in particular standing out. The subject of Leela's father is broached, again, and for very little reason. Filling in the Tardis's past is a very interesting idea, but I think this could have been concentrated on and elaborated further in another audio production. The real strong point of this story is sort of casual warmth that it manages to project. It's pure escapism.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/17/15 9:58 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Nigel Fairs and Louise Jameson team up to write this script that explores the theme of imagination while also speculating about the original owner of the TARDIS. The story continues the theme that's been in the third series of the Fourth Doctor Adventures since the EVil One regarding Leela's father. There are also some nice lighter moments in the story. I love when Leela offers her take on what the Old Woman in the Shoe should have done.

Overall, the Abandoned is a very bold, experimental, and a bit of a mind-bending story that's very unusual but also quite intriguing. How much listeners enjoyed Fairs' previous Leela Companion Chronicles (in particular, the Time Vampire) is a probably a good test for how much they'll enjoy this one.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 8/5/14 8:00 am
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The Dr is trying to educate Leela, about time and space, when some cockroaches start to crawl across the TARDIS floor. At the same time they venture to the point of stillness. However somewhere on the TARDIS Marianna is trying to paint. but nothing seems to come out as she planned.
As the episode starts to move along, we see some strange visitors appear in the TARDIS. Dreams and thoughts start to intertwine and become real or are they. There is a statement in the peace that I like “texture of madness” and that is the best way to describe this almost trippy and hypnotic encounter with the Dr’s life. Leela also is drawn into a maelstorm mind bending reality. We soon find out that the Dr, as stolen the TARDIS, and that his past as come to haunt him and wants some answers, and potentially, she wants her TARDIS back.