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6.10 - The Wanderer

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/21/18 11:27 pm
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The Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan find themselves in Siberia in 1900 on the trail of an alien device that has fallen to Earth and is causing problems in times. Along the way, the TARDIS crew run into an intense young man named Gregory.

Overall, this is pretty good. It's a decent story and William Russell is in top form, Tim Clipping does a good job as the young monk Gregory and manages to do a good job on the character's journey. However, the story isn't a standout. This is a pretty common set up for a Companion Chronicle, particularly with Ian. This one manages to be entertaining but doesn't stand out from the pack.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 9/13/17 3:50 pm
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Siberia, Russia 1900. The First Doctor and his companions land in the snowy Russian landscape just in time to witness a mysterious object crash land far off in the distance. At the Doctor's insistence, the group follow the trail of the satellite to a poor Russian village where a mysterious illness has taken hold of some of the villagers and a mysterious wanderer is doing his best to help. When the Doctor and Susan are suddenly taken ill themselves, it's up to Ian and Grigory to find the source of the illness and investigate the 'shooting star' and what connection the two have (if any). This is a fine little story with a strong cast (especially in the First Doctor in a portrayal similar to how he was in 'The Aztecs'), narrator, and secondary character central focus that drives the story forward well. Being a Companion Chronicle as opposed to a full story, this one is more along the lines of an audio book with William Russell narrating and providing most of the narration and character voices minus the titular wanderer himself Grigory played by Tim Chipping. It takes a little getting used to especially if you are used to normal Big Finish tales but it's not that distracting at all. I would even say that this story is more accessible to the Big Finish layman more so than most and it certainly gets points for that. If you know your Russian knowledge, you can probably guess exactly who Grigory actually is and it adds a level of credence to the tale that it might not have had otherwise had it been just a normal Russian civilian. Both Russel and Chipping both have strong and powerful voices that bring a dramatic touch to the tale that while starting off strong does taper off a little bit by the end in to a very standard psuedo-historical. I don't necessarily think it's the writer's fault but more so the nature of the hour long Doctor Who tale and that the build up does sometimes end up going nowhere. It works very well but given how much this story has been promoted and loved by fans, I was a tad disappointed with it. Thankfully though, it's nowhere near enough to not deserve a recommendation and it was still a pleasant way to spend an hour with an old-fashioned TARDIS team.
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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 10/19/16 6:26 am
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Horrible, horrible, horrible, sound editing!
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 3/7/16 12:02 pm
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We have here a wonderfully well written, superbly acted, and a expertly given characterisation of Hartnell by Russell at hand, sprinkled, amongst the story, in such a way to aid to the belief that this is a 1st Doctor adventure. True to the 1st Doctor stories, this, takes science fiction, and mixes it with a historical dollop of reality. The story itself is very well produced, and to some extent although there are two actors involved in this the soundscape feels like a larger cast. With Susan and the Doctor, becoming ill after encountering an alien artefact that holds the information from the future once it has come into contact with touch of a human, Ian as the unenviable task of trying to dissuade Grigory a Russian, a Russian with revolutionary ideas, living at the time of when Russia itself was going through immense social change. It's of paramount importance to Ian, without the aid of the Doctor's steadying hand, it is a lot to ask of the Doctor's companion. Gregory however, has other ideas, and, when he holds onto the alien box, he is consumed with future knowledge of world. The name drop happens around 10 minutes into the second half of the story when, we get to know, Grigory, is Rasputin, the Mad Monk, that lives on in Russia's history. Fantastic.