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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/7/16 9:29 pm
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The Doctor, Victoria, and Jamie arrive on a mysterious world where researchers are trying to find what happened to a planet that should be thriving but is instead a dead world. Their histories include reports of monsters, something the scientists dismiss out of hand, but the Doctor warns that just because the monsters aren't here now, doesn't mean they never existed, and sure enough, they return.

For the second straight story, the Companion Chronicles offers us a strong character piece that looks in on the older Victoria who has a mysterious piece of paper that the Seventh Doctor bought off her, and we get to hear Victoria teaching Jamie to read. The concept is well-executed and intriguing to boot. So, this is a very solidly written and acted installment.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 7/1/16 4:58 pm
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Atkins and Clickbait, are the main sources of inspiration for the writer, and, to be fair, rather a clever and novel (no pun intended) idea it turns out to be. The premises of words that are written on a futuristic parchment could if infected form story enabled monsters that attack you sounds outlandish, then yes, a big tick in the box. The story is quite left of center, but the performance and the acting are simply superb, Frazer is both Jamie and the Doctor, and we have Deborah Watling as well joining in as Victoria, and the suspicion of a blossoming love, however, this amount to there being no change in the Doctor Who canon, or a need to re-write to the history books. What however we are left with is a tight story, wonderfully told by a cast of a few sounding like a much larger cast of actors. Such again is the clever production and sound editing of Big Finish here. The authentic feel, for this to be a second Doctor story abounds and it has the characteristics of a story not of this time but of the 60's in which it would have been set. The main thing here is that it is apparent that Frazer Hines history of both Who and playing Jamie in it, when cast with fellow actors and actress of the same era of Who, go on and make the script something extra special and that is a real joy to listen too. This is not a companion chronicle it is more of the 4th Doctor style, alas of course without the presence of Troughton, but nevertheless, we have Mr Hines to allow us a glimpse of what could have been. Fantastic second in the inaugural box set of second Doctor stories.