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4.1 - The Drowned World

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/1/16 10:50 pm
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In this second story of the Sara Kingdom trilogy, the framing story is actually more interesting than the main story as the House (with the personality and memories of Sara Kingdom) tells the story of Sara, Stephen, and the Doctor arriving on a planet where miners are struggling to survive in the aftermath of an Earthquake and something is on the planet with them.

It's not that this story is boring, but the framing story is even more interesting as a soldier from a less technological future named Robert struggles with what to do with the house and whether to order it to disperse the memory of Sara Kingdom. He faces a challenging choice and then second guesses. The framing story actually holds in suspense about the main story, deepening the impact of the ending.

Jean Marsh is superb throughout and the story ends on a cliffhanger that leaves uncertainty for the final story.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 9/5/15 5:02 pm
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The Drowned World is the follow up to Simon Guerrier's excellent Home Truths which saw Jean Marsh return to the role of Sara Kingdom in an interesting way, as a ghost in control of a home in Ely. The Drowned World sees Robert from Home Truths return to the house in Ely because the Elders of the ruined planet he lives on want Sara's ghost gone. We also get an abundance of character for Robert who it is revealed has a wife and wishes for a child. He's recording Sara's voice so the Elders will believe Sara isn't dead so they won't destroy the house. This is where the story shines especially in the second episode which gets very emotional.

The story Sara decides to tell on the other hand isn't nearly as good. It's a base under siege style story where The Doctor, Sara and Steven go to a water planet where the creatures in the water, giant tentacles, are trying to kill off some colonists. There is a moral dilemma here that is the only way thing about this story that I really enjoy because other than that it's a rip off of Fury from the Deep. I give it an eight however because of Jean Marsh's performance and the story with Sara and Robert and eventually Robert's daughter. Also the ending kind of bugs me as it is out of character for Sara.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 8/12/15 5:12 pm
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This is a further exploration of the much under used character played by Jean Marsh. We revisit the house in Cambridge once again, where the spirit of Sara is retelling her story, this time however to retain herself the ability of sustained survival. Robert also returns as the investigator and her confidant of her memories. This time we are taken back to Kembel, and to Sara demise on this planet where she assisted by Doctor and Steven try and save a expedition of miners who are facing certain death from a flooded planet. The story tells how Sara assists in the survival and escape.

Jean Marsh is truly one of this countries finest actors, and she has the perfect tone for audio, she has the ability to portray this part with a true depth, and, the soundscape that plays out within this episode, of a torrent of water that is inescapable is so vivid that on closing one's eyes, you are literally there. There are two actors in this drama, but, the whole drama feels much bigger than it really is, and belies the feeling that you encounter when immersed into this adventure. I do enjoy this outing of the Sara Kingdom character in this companion range again. This episode is once again a wonderful example of the skill in writing a left of center Who adventure by Simon Guerrier.
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Reviewed By: baticeerReview Date: 12/11/13 8:50 pm
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Most trilogies (of books, movies, anything) have their weakest part being the second one. This is true for the Sara Kingdom audio trilogy as well, but that's hardly a condemnation - it's just that this story is very good, instead of totally excellent. In particular, I was not as interested in the story that Sara is telling as I was in the frame story; whereas in the other two installments both of them were equally captivating, in this one I wanted to hurry through Sara's tale of water monsters on an asteroid every time we cut away from what was going on with Robert in the house. I'd still highly recommend this audio, but I don't think it has quite as much punch as the other two.