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4.10 - The Time Vampire

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/4/16 6:28 pm
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I read somewhere on the interweb that this is a story poised at the end of Leela's life when she has left Gallifrey and she succumbs to her mortal age, once free from the Timelords chronological cheating and ability to evade age as the rest of do. The story is I find a wonderful spun web of imagery and places Leela with the third Doctor, as they do battle against the Time Vampire. The actual story as that feel from start to finish of more like a Viking saga, or a poem of stanza, as we witness Leela fall, or even wash through time in a sort of bizarre occurrences that question reality, until at last we confront the actual issue for which is the main course. Lousie Jameson is par excellence in this outing, conveying all the subtleties of the fine actress that she is, this although a Companion Chronicle and normally a stripped down affair actually feels like a main release in all truth. Especially the way in which the soundscape as been expertly used to convey us through the slippage of time. Sure this is "timey-wimey" in part and that for me never works 100% for me, but this has something a little bit more clever in it's DNA it is hypnotic in construction so conveys that feeling of you as a listener wanting to be swept along. To be taken from time element to element to see what will be the final outcome. The story is set at the end, and is told in somewhat recall mode, the Z-nai warriors and the final moments before she makes her final journey. Very well acted and very well produced entertainment in this outing
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/15/15 8:15 pm
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'The Time Vampire', written and directed by Nigel Fairs achieves its goal of making something you would want to listen to twice by confusing the hell out of you. I haven't heard the first two in this trilogy, but if they are anything like this then I don't think I will be in any rush to either. This is basically the Companion Chronicles' answer to 'The Hollows of Time' from the Lost Stories range, but half the duration. Any story that features altered realities will have a certain postmodern feel to it, and has lots of blink and you will miss it moments. Leela, who narrates from her death bed, spends most of the first episode falling from one setting to another, giving it a stream of consciousness feel.

As far as I can tell this about a tragedy the Doctor witnessed as he was unable to save a planet. A Time Vampire its self is created when a person crosses their own time stream. This kind of reminds of 'It's a Wonderful Life' life' when the father tells his daughter that every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings.

The acting is perfectly fine, although Louise doesn't even attempt to impersonate Tom when reading the Doctor's lines, and that's probably for the best. The music is forgettable, and there is no strong imagery at all in this. Things just seem to happen. There really is a feel of being weird just for the sake of it.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/15/15 9:41 am
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This story is not easy listening. As Nigel Fairs said in the extras, he wanted a CD that listeners could listen to more than once. The story of Leela and the Doctor caught in a time anomaly on a planet the Z'Nai were about to betray is confusing but in a good time twisting way as events all happen out of order and you really have to focus to get an idea of what's going on, though the end was very ambiguous.

If you can get past the confusion over the plot, there's a lot to enjoy here. John Leeson as K-9 is a treat and Louise Jameson turns in a fantastic performance. The sound design and music are beautiful, making this a very rich audio experience.
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Reviewed By: bryanReview Date: 8/18/10 9:33 pm
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Stunning, simply esquisit story telling and I could Listen to Louise Jameson read the phone Directory, her voice is like golden syrup .