Reviewed By: ANTI-RAD
Review Date: 9/15/18 4:52 am
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A great space adventure in the far future somewhere probably a only few light years away from Earth in deep space.
Susan, the Doctor, Ian and Barbara. A mysterious vessel, space vegetation, a mysterious figure, isolation and the vast emptiness in space.
Punching holes in dimensional space. The interior of the vessel: wallpapered with vines, some yellowing and withering.
All very good heady science-fiction at play. Solid state sound production (tinny, metallic, refined and fitting - subtle, appropriate) to aid and help paint an eerie ship and outer space scene. Very good to excellent writing and script.
Honestly I could give this 8 across the board, with the exception of Carol Anne Ford who must receive a 9 or 10 at minimum and presents the story from Susan's point-of-view along with voicing the other crew to perfection. The other voice actor also was a perfect aid and great balance - an interesting character.
I could really rave about all the actors, Doctors and companions in these audio productions, but Carole Anne Ford is very special as proven over a few essential stories to own for the library. She is a talent and a perfect model for voicing, narrating stories such as the Companion Chronicles. She has a few really good stories thankfully and this is one of them. I love Carole Ann Ford's performance and voice. It's just great, where I can't say enough and thankful for it.
The writer also impresses, simply giving a well-thought and satisfactory space adventure. One that does tie in to continuity but more importantly crafts a clear story that allows the sound production and reading to shine.
Again solid 8s but as an overall package, a solid 8 or 9, or on my simple 5-star scale an easy 4/5.
While there were only two great actors on display here, it really doesn't matter. They fill the void literally and figuratively. And the story matches the economy of the format and running time.
I liked this one a lot. It's a slower burn but the type of audioplay I like to hear. After it's over, and perhaps after a future repeat listen, ask yourself two questions:
1) It the concept simple but intriguing where it might not blow you away but is it worth thinking about for a quick ponder, do you experience the universe of First Doctor, and Susan?
2) Is it worth rinsing with some Time and repeating punching another hole for in the future.
As a Doctor Who fan who seeks and wants the vintage experience or engimatic space adventures, for me it's a yes. Conceptually and according to the established book of Who, I give this high marks.
Also it's a good Carole Ann Ford one to have for the collection, and to enjoy many more times in the future.
It's light and just about right. The final question that surfaces for me is: Are you experienced? (As I hear reverberating electric guitar notes emanating out forward and across the interstellar horizon and winds of Time, rippling in sleek black gravitational space waves)
I recommend some quality headphones and pitch black darkness with at most a faint light in the distance.
A worthy Doctor Who audioplay.
This was 4/5. 9/10.
* I typically use a simple 5-star rating scale = 1,2,3,4,5, translated:
1 star = 1,2 ; 2 star = 3,4 ; 3-star = 5,6,7 ; 4-star = 8,9 ; 5-star = 10.