Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 3/9/16 4:54 pm
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This is a classified as a companion chronicle release, if so I would actually say that this as of good a production feel and quality as any special or main release. There are two main actors carrying a 2 hour plus story along, with pace and immense skill. In fact Peter and Jean put out some of the best quality work based around the first Doctor that I have listened to in a good while, in fact as I am listening to these out of release order I am amazed and stunned at the depth of quality of this considering this was released over 4 years from the last first Doctor release. The story is stunningly grown up, it shows hoe Big Finish have moved along the whole Who universe, and much for the better. We have a the Doctor (No.1) Steven and Sarah aboard the TARDIS who crash into a newly launched time ship, which is on it's inaugural flight. We could argue that was it the new guys that hit the TARDIS or was it the other way around given the Doctor, especially the first ones directional skills, that aside, the two craft smash into one another, and we are taken to a desert island, where both sets of individuals are tasked with trying to firstly survive and secondly try and make there way back into the Vortex and move on. However we have a quandary here, the TARDIS and the Doctor are people whom know the general rules around time travel, so in crashing into them, the crew cannot really return to their own time line as it will disrupt the entire chronological order of things, this starts to become more apparent in the back of your mind as the story develops, no there is a huge plot spoiler I don't want to give away with this. So let's just say that you need to listen to the two stories which join themselves together very neatly when Steven works out what is actually going on, it is a little "timey-whimey" but it works here probably the best I have heard.
Jean Marsh is a institution, she is a power house, her understated, often, quietly spoken parts are often come across as some of the most powerful parts of the entire work, she delivers her part with conviction, and it poses the question why she as Sara Kingdom as a character was not used more, she is certainly a companion that would not be out of place in the newer main range, or even as a companion with say the 6th or 7th, and what a combination she would make with say 8th Doctor, in fact any of them.
Peter Purvis is to me like a box of surprises I know him for being a TV presenter from my childhood, I know he was an actor in the Who series as I have obviously since seen him portray the part of Steven the space pilot in the 1st Doctor series, his narration, and characterisation of Hartnell is very good here, it is on par with Russell's interpretation. But the big plus here is that Peter really drives the whole thing along so well. Expertly handled and the whole thing just works so well