Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 4/7/16 6:49 pm
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Marc Platt as written a Companion Chronicle that to all intense and purposes has the feel, and the quality of a something that could well have been written when all of the cast, where alive and well, and we sat down on a Saturday tea-time to watch on our 12" Black & White T.V. The interesting thing about this is chronologically it continues off from the previous Companion Chronicles. There are references made throughout this release. There is also a relationship mentioned to the events that have gone on through either Big Finish's work on the Doctor's canon, or indeed the BBC tenure when they were in the production seat.
So what we have here is Carol Ann Ford taking on the role of Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter, and the wonderful interaction of Tara-Louise Kane taking on other voice acting roles as well as taking on the mantle of the main protagonist within the story. I liked the manner in which the story paints a very vivid picture in your mind. We have the Doctor being adopted mainly through his tenacity being taken in by a the inhabitants, of whom live in a sort of suspended community of bridge dwellers with the plains that lie below them being the remit of the much feared protagonist of the community. The Doctor is taken on as the "rainmaker" the man who will bring them a much needed drop of water for their crops. However, Susan starts to become no more than a gopher for the Doctor, that is until the small girl whom she makes friends with turns out to be more of key element in the society that both the Doctor and Susan have adopted than they care to admit. In fact she becomes part of the solution as well as in some respects the problem.
I enjoyed this outing, Carol Ann never ceases to amaze me at her versatility, you really do forget that she is essentially the driving force behind this incredibly cut down and minimum casted drama. There is a magic that Big Finish weave when it comes to making through production the whole thing sounding and feeling like a much broader brush that has been swept across the audio canvas than is actual here. Lisa Bowerman also must be congratulated as she has pretty much nailed this stripped down, yet a versatile methodology of knocking out these Companion Chronicles which give so much pleasure to the listener.
Cracking release, and a nice 4th Dimension adventure to boot.