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123a. The Company of Friends - Benny's Story

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/16/18 2:18 pm
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This is a one off adventure making up one part of The Company of Friends anthology. The plot and the characters are solid, if unexceptional and the acting is sufficiently good to make this an enjoyable story. It apparently fits early in the 8th Doctor's timeline and precedes all the other existing adventures of the 8th Doctor apart from his debut in Doctor Who : The Movie.

Paul McGann is endearing and a good quality Doctor. His performance and others and a decent idea make this an overall good adventure although there is nothing particularly ground breaking or exceptional about it.

In all technical aspects this is decent and it is a good place to start listening to 8th Doctor audios.

Overall: 7.5/10
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Reviewed By: SteffWilliams18Review Date: 10/12/18 3:36 pm
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Starting a marathon of the Eighth Doctor in chronological order from The TV Movie to the Time War series by Big Finish, I found this first episode of the four part story a fun romp between 8 and Bernice Summerfield. Written by Lance Parkin, this story is a sweet and minor adventure which's highlights would be the exchanges and the continued chemistry of The Doctor and Bernice's relationship.

The plot is unique, with a moral question by the villain, of the TARDIS being a living being that was used by the Time Lords and striped of it's rights. The plot actually did affect me and made me open my eyes, in a way it felt true but also, the TARDIS has admitted that she stole a Time Lord, rather than a Time Lord stealing it, it wanted to see time and space.

Overall, a fun and short 30 minute romp, which probably isn't a perfect starting point to those new to classic Who or Big Finish.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/8/15 10:59 pm
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Benny's Story: I don't usually like criticising a short story for being short but there are a lot of blink and you will miss it moments, so it really demands your attention. Unfortunately, it's not wildly interesting so I don’t see much re-listen value. The Story itself starts with Bernice excavating an old coal mine on Epsilon Minima at the request of Countess Venhella, a misguided idealist who has a fascination with ancient texts relating to time travel and Timelords.

Venhella is under the impression that the Tardises are slaves to the Timelords, and wishes to set them free. The Doctor tries to persuade the Countess that she is meddling with forces she doesn't fully understand. The resolution is comically poor, not because it's not believable but because it involves the Doctor urging Bernice and the Countess to leave the room because things might get messy, and then after a brief word between Venhella and Bernice, the Doctor walks through the door explains what has happened and how he saved the day. The Jungle sequence also feels rushed and the Doctor takes a while to enter the story.

The story itself is not all that bad, and would obviously been better if it had more time to flesh itself out. It's got action, it's full of detail and the well-meaning but misguided Countess is interesting. I have heard a lot of criticisms of the Bernice character, who I am not overly familiar with, and while I understand why people are saying I have to admit to having a soft spot for Lisa Bowerman. Given the right script Lisa really shows why Big Finish rates her so highly.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/9/15 10:33 am
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The Benny and the Doctor dynamic really make this worth listening to. The story does take a while to get going (until the Doctor shows up several minutes in it) and then we have some time wimey twists for most of the episode. I did like the reveal as to why Countess Venhella is seeking a TARDIS key. A decent half hour.