Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 3/16/16 6:40 pm
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Once again we have the wondrous talents of William Russell, effectively providing all the required parts to this a first Doctor, companion chronicle release. I am rather enjoying the wander through these earlier releases, and also I am at a loss as to why Big Finish do not promote them more. These are simply excellent. This story is another expertly written and fantastically acted by Russell with the occasional assistance of Gus Brown. But the real star of the whole performance is William Russell who takes on all the main parts of this release. William does that wondrous characterisation of Hartnell, with all the right mannerisms and quirks, that portray the Doctor in as near a perfect audio rendition that you can get, of course unless Purvis is telling the tale, in which case, he too has his way which gives the listener the feeling of Hartnell still being in the drama. Even after all of these years. The story is simply stunningly good, written by Dorney, this as to rate as one of the best. Using the story of the ever ineffectual Doctor’s ability to get himself and his passengers to where they want to go, they land on the holiday planet of Jobis. Jobis is a floating planet, with a spectacular vista that has flying manatee’s. The planet, is simply unbelievable for Ian, Barbara and Vicki. Things are going well, the Doctor as managed to swing four passes so that they can reside on the planet in style. In addition to this there is a chance for once for some relaxation. Things are you come to expect do not run as smoothly as they should, when, the Rocket Men arrive, a bunch of pirates who sole intention to rob Jobis of it’s fabulous twinkly diamonds that pepper the sky, except that they are not just diamonds but they are the food that the flying manatee’s live off.
The separation element works well here, as the Doctor decides to go off to the scientific part of the Jobis, leaving his companion’s to deal with the invasion. The rocket men soon realise that the Doctor is the thorn in their side, and they try and use the companions as leverage.
The story is told in a sort of past recollection/present day retelling, and it works wonderfully well indeed. In fact, Dorney as painted a superb story, one of those that is so real it gets you thinking that was this a real episode, or not. It certainly feels like one. I cannot fault this, everything is perfect. Acting, writing, production all pull this to being one of the best Companion Chronicles that has been listened too so far.