Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 2/28/16 8:03 am
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The stunning thing about this is there is just Peter Purvis and no-one else involved, he seemingly conveys an interpretation of the first Doctor wonderfully well. I only knew Peter Purvis from his tenure on Blue Peter a children TV programme from the 80's. So far removed from Doctor Who and Peter as an actor than you can get. That aside it is quite obvious that he is a very well rounded actor, one who can pull off the job of being the narrator of a Who story. Actually calling him the narrator is a massive under statement. Peter is basically the whole cast, and he does it in such a way that you soon forget that it is just him on his own in a studio, playing all the parts and acting as our guide. Just before we move on, I must congratulate as I always do at the way in which his performance of William Hartnell is not a impersonation but another actors (one whom worked with Hartnell) do a characterisation of the man. Superb.
The story is actually or as it should not come as a shock, a very well constructed with us finding the Doctor and Vicki caught by pirates on a planet, the pirates want the TARDIS, and they are not going to stop at anything until they get it, however, the pirates have a useful tool to hand, the planet atmosphere is hallucinogenic and they use this to their benefits. So for 90% of this story we are actually taken on a trip that turns out to be the product of the planet's weird natural elements, that have been used by the pirates to their advantage. It is a wonderfully constructed homage to what we now would call a fairy-tale of the main characters fall asleep and actually live their adventure in that somnambulist state, only to wake and find that they are ok, and can make good of the dream/nightmare state. However, it is far better than that, and it makes this a really cracking story. Well worth a listen.