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3.7 - The Abandoned

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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 3/28/19 3:37 am
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This story sees the doctor and Leela in a wacky position as someone tries to take over the tardis , the owner perhaps? But I found that the story was constant yelling and giggles and rather obnoxious. Perhaps I wasn’t in the mood for this one but I found it rather hard to enjoy. Still a little good acting here and there is to be found and indeed some of the concept is good. Still this would be perhaps my least enjoyed story of the range so far.
It just felt grating and like something to get through for better horizons ...
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 11/4/18 10:54 pm
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There was some very fine acting in this and writing that has technical merit, but the story was perhaps too clever. It requires the listener to think, to ponder and to keep track of the hidden symbols in order to see the story for what it is. If the listener does not pay enough attention, it becomes a messy stroll through the imagination of a world gone mad.

Louise has given Leela some great lines in this and she delivers them well.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/6/15 6:00 pm
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'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
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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.