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5.5 - A Town Called Fortune

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/13/17 1:39 am
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The Doctor and Evelyn arrive in the town of Fortune along with an eighteen year old young woman who is looking for her father's killer. They found out too late that the Doctor is wanted for the murder even though he never recalls being in Fortune.

Maggie Stables does a good job with the acting as she manages to play multiple female parts of various ages brilliantly. The atmosphere is good. Yet, of all the Doctor Who trips to the Old West this is probably the weakest story. It's not bad, but it's very sedate affair. It's a straight historical and a pretty standard Western. Okay, but not essential.
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Reviewed By: xeryus63Review Date: 5/16/16 8:51 pm
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This episode of the Companion Chronicles I found disappointingly average

However it was great to hear Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe again.

She did mention in the interview extras that the reason she thinks people like Evelyn so much is not only the relationship between her and the Sixth Doctor but also because she's like everyone's favourite aunt who buys them nice presents at Christmas

Unfortunately the first reason is why for me this doesn't really succeed . For Evelyn to be at her best she needs to spark off the Sixth Doctor.
Maggie Stables & Colin Baker have a great relationship and this goes partly to explain why Big Finish and her as a companion in particular revitalised the Sixth Doctor .

So in short everything good about this is due to how nice Maggie Stables is as Evelyn, but it loses a lot by not having Colin Baker.
I think this and maybe her health issues is why there was only one companion chronicle involving her.

However I would recommend her main Big Finish releases involving her and Colin Baker.
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Reviewed By: jemgoodyReview Date: 9/10/12 11:42 pm
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I like both Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe and India Fisher as Charlie Pollard. Having said that and having listened to "Solitare" and "A Town Called Fortune" back to back I have to rate this a little lower due to a couple of reasons. First it was a good story but I did see the twist at the end coming. I also found some to the background sound a little annoying after a while. It was fun to have this set in the American west. 6/10
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Reviewed By: jolyonReview Date: 4/10/12 5:59 pm
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I enjoyed Maggie Stables reading this story, but I'm not a fan of Westerns, so this is a story that was never going to be for me. Oddly, I'm normally a big fan of historicals, but the use of Evelyn makes this story plod. Plod. Plod. Oh good grief. I won't be returning to this. Which is a shame, because towards the end it started to interest me, but not enough to give it a second chance.