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1.3 - The Blue Tooth

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 1/17/18 4:58 pm
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One of the earliest Companion Chronicles stories to come out sees the Third Doctor's first proper encounter with the Cybermen , an encounter of which was never seen onscreen in his era. Featuring his first companion Elizabeth Shaw (played by the sorely missed Caroline John who also narrates the story) and taking place after the TV story "Inferno" but before "Terror of the Autons", Liz's friend Jean has gone missing under mysterious circumstances. When the Doctor and UNIT are drawn in to investigate, it seems that an alien invasion is afoot with a more personal edge for Liz than even she is anticipating. The Doctor and UNIT are about to be reunited with an old enemy who is out to convert the world. First off, Caroline John is amazing as Liz in one of her better stories in a catalog of great stories. This is another personal story for her that provides some lost moments that we never really knew or had full details on. It seems absolutely fitting that some of these gaps would be filled in with an encounter with a foe we also never saw onscreen in this era. The characterization of the Third Doctor is also good in this story in that he's very warm with his connections especially with Liz but still with a touch of the odd around him remembering some of the mannerisms that made Pertwee's Doctor so interesting at times. His attitude towards the villain is very surprising and energetic as well as he brings up the points that humanity and the Cybermen are not that far away from each other. It makes me super excited for future stories coming out this year regarding the Third Doctor and the Cybermen as this is something that could really be expanded upon in a fascinating way. The story doesn't have too many surprises to it but it is certainly good at getting you involved with the story and there are some surprisingly disturbing details involving the Cybermen themselves and their conversion process that really throw you for a loop. The soundtrack is perfectly 70's and the atmosphere / soundscape is good though not quite outstanding. But it is perfectly in keeping with the Companion Chronicle style of story telling so I can't fault it at all for problems here and there. For an early Companion Chronicle story for Big Finish, 'Tooth' surprisingly does a LOT of things right with a great narration and lead, a standard but involving story, and an encounter I'm sure a lot of Whovians like me wish we'd seen in the TV show. It's a quick listen that I highly recommend especially for fans of Three or the Cybermen. 

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/9/17 1:38 am
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Ok, this probably annoys me more than it should, but this story opens with Liz rhetorically asking the question of when she first decided to leave UNIT (and, in so doing, leave the Doctor). The story never actually addresses this. I realize the Companion Chronicles haven't really found their feet yet, but this is just sloppy. You can't just raise a question like that in the teaser and then never address it. I mean, Chekov is spinning in his grave.

My favorite part of this story involves Liz's reminiscences of her college days. If we're going to put the focus on the companion, we might as well develop the character a bit while we're at it, especially since classic "Doctor Who" wasn't particularly interested in character development. "Frostfire" developed Vicki by showing us her future. "The Blue Tooth" develops Liz by showing us her past.

That sort of puts this story in three different time frames, rather than the usual two. In the previous two Companion Chronicles, the story was divided between the time when the adventure took place and the time when the main character was telling the story to someone else many years later. In this case, Liz's college days represents a third time frame. (By the way, we're given no idea to whom Liz is telling this story, when, or why, and it's fine. She's telling the to us now, and that's good enough, without any fancy framing device.

The actual Cybermen adventure at the heart of all this is actually a bit bland, hence the lowish score.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/25/15 11:16 pm
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'The Blue Tooth' isn't the most accomplished in the Companion Chronicles range, but it does attempt to provide us with those lost moments that would be memorable had been shown on the TV series. It fills in the details around Liz's departure and gifts us a proper third Doctor Cyberman adventure. Liz's friend Jean has gone missing and the Cybermen are involved.

The music is distinctly seventies with deep bass notes driving the more sombre scenes and organs inhabiting the lighter moments; the directing really makes the most of the story it has been given. The story is pretty light plot wise but involves Cybermen who are unfamiliar with Cyber protocols, use different terminology and have a different look than they should. Have these Cybermen achieved individuality?

It's surprising how often the body horror aspect of the Cybermen is unutilised in Cyber stories; this one makes no such mistake, even going as far as to detail the Cyber-conversion process. One thing I am not sure I like is the idea that the Doctor can just undo the Cyber-conversion process. It isn't just that it lessens the threat; there is something else I just can't put my finger on. Also, Liz as the narrator sets out the premise that this is an explanation as to why she left UNIT, although it’s never overtly stated at the end we can only assume that it's the fate of her friend Jean. I am aware of the show don't tell maxim, but we never see the effect this has on Liz either.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/7/15 9:51 am
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In between Season 7 and Season 8 of Classic Doctor Who, Liz Shaw left UNIT and ceased being the Doctor's earthbound companion. This Companion Chronicle delves into what prompted her decision to leave while also giving us a third Doctor and Cybermen story. Of all the Companion Chronicles I listened, this one is probably closest to being a pure audiobook. While Nick Briggs works on this story, he only does the Cybermen leaving Caroline John to carry the narration which she does with style. Nigel Fairs has written a solid script that captures the spirit and style of Season 7 at U.N.I.T. as well giving a very personal voice with to Liz Shaw as she deals with the disappearance of a friend who has become a victim of this plot. Overall, this is a solid Third Doctor story and a good Cybermen story as well,and a nice success for the first range of Companion Chronicle stories.