Reviewed By: Drew Vogel
Review Date: 11/2/17 1:30 am
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I have to confess, I often have problems with attention. I often listen to Big Finish stories while sitting in front of my computer, and sometimes I get distracted by the internet, the greatest distraction ever devised. Sometimes it helps to listen to stories on my commute, but even them, sometimes I get distracted. Sometimes I get distracted because a story is dull, but sometimes I miss out on really good stories because I just can't seem to pay attention.
I've listened to "Frostfire" many, many times, and I feel that I'm only just now really getting it. I had previously scored it a 7, which for me means something like "There's nothing really wrong with it, but little to recommend it either". I've now revised that upward to an 8. The story is a bit a slow, and it's not especially memorable, but if you're willing to give it the attention it deserves, you might find that it's also beautifully written and performed.
Like quite a few subsequent Companion Chronicles, "Frostfire" has a framing narrative, so you're basically getting two stories in one. One is the story of Vicki's life after leaving the TARDIS, and this is quite fascinating. Marc Platt's script explores the inevitable frustrations that must come from living in an ancient, pre-technological past. Without ever giving the impression that she regrets her decision to stay with Troilus, Vicki nevertheless explains some of the downsides of her new life. The other story (the A-story, if you like), involves an adventure Vicki had while traveling with the Doctor and Steven. Despite the novelty of this new format, Platt gives us a story which fits the Hartnell era extremely well. Like many of the best Companion Chronicales to come, "Frostfire" is both modern and traditional at the same time.
And I really love the cover. I don't usually remark on that, but something about this cover really impresses me.