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6.5 - The First Wave

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/15/15 5:20 pm
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Recorded on 26 May 2011 'the First Wave' is the concluding part of Oliver's trilogy and follows on from the events set out in 'the Perpetual Bond' and 'the Cold Equations'. Peter Purves and Tom Allen return in their roles as Steven and Oliver respectively and there is a new addition to the cast in the form of Lisa Bowerman who voices the Vardans. You may remember the Vardans from 'the Invasion of Time.'

Our intrepid trio of adventures descend to the planetoid 'Grace Alone' in the Kuiper belt. Having set down on the planet's surface they stumble upon a crew of murdered Vardans. Believing the Doctor to have died Steven and Oliver have to fend for themselves but time is running out…

Stylistically the music and effects are very similar to 'the Cold Equations.' The background is filled with a low level hum perforated with occasional noises and effects. The performances are of a high calibre and evenly matched. Purves is a skilled narrator and his impressions of Hartnell's Doctor have gotten better in each of the trilogy.

The first story was a quick fire action-fest that allowed us to get a feel for Oliver, and the second was a beautifully emotive and well thought out tale. This one is of a similar style and quality; once again it's a very human tale of sacrifice. The best of the three this one blends the action of the first with the emotive elements of the second and achieves a wonderful balance. Powerfully poignant and beautiful.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 9/10/15 10:26 pm
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The First Wave concludes the Oliver Harper Trilogy and does something that has only ever been done once to my knowledge with The Dark Path being an origin story to how the Master came to be. This time they use the Vardans from The Invasion of Time, but these aren't the bits of tin foil from that story. We get a better explanation to how they are a species of pure energy travelling along radio waves that can convert others to pure energy as well. As a premise it really works with a threat that you really can't see. It also helps that they are voiced by Lisa Bowerman who is a much better actor than the original Vardans. It also makes for a great story and ending for Oliver who gets to have a poignant scene with the Doctor as the way he leaves is really creative.

Peter Purves is also great as usual as Steven Taylor and once again, Guerrier uses Steven's knowledge as a space pilot to help with the plot. It's always great when Big Finish uses a companion whose past isn't used fully on television. The only problem with the story is that the pacing is a bit off in places.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 3/6/14 11:00 pm
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Many of the Companion Chronicle use non-linear storytelling. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. In this case the pre-empting of events seems a little forced and awkward.

Beyond that is quite a good story that continues Steven's spiral that will lead himn to ask the question "When do you know?" There is a cycle of sacrifice that he has witnessed and one friend after another has died (or seemed to die) He is maturing and you can really feel the importance of these stories in Steven's overall life.

The story itself concerns a mining operation in the Kuiper belt where the Doctor is ensuring the past remains unchanged (following on from a discovery in Cold Equations) while there, the team is involved in a disastous first contact with a power alien race. There are very few options and it comes down to the usual sceming doctor and self sacrificing companion with a destiny that the doctor feels is set in stone (later incarnations would have avoided fate without a second thought, but the First Doctor is still very vary of altering anything, especially his own fate.

So, there is a little of the timey wimeiness here, though it is obscured by a little of the story telling style and a lot by the Doctor's dishonesty. There is a lot of character building for Steven (who still has several TV episodes to go after this) but it all fits together in a story where new companion Oliver gets to experience more of the future and the world that he escaped.
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Reviewed By: jolyonReview Date: 12/28/12 9:28 pm
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Simon Guerrier's storytelling continues to dominate the Companion Chronicles range. The development of Steven Taylor is a treat, with Peter Purves also giving another fun first Doctor portrayal. I was dreading the idea of a new companion for the first Doctor, but I was wrong. Tom Allen's Oliver Harper has become a welcome addition to the Whoniverse. Devastating.