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Dr Who: The Companion Chronicles: Magician's Oath by Scott Handcock

01/07/2009. Contributed by Sue Davies

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pub: Big Finish. 60 minute 1 CD with extras. Price: CD: 8.99; Download: 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84435-379-8) read by Richard Franklin and Michael Chance.

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It's been a curious summer in London. One minute blazing sunshine and the next a killing frost that appears from nowhere. Not your average weather, even for England.

Mike Yeats tells his story in this 'Companion Chronicle'. A little bit cheeky as Mike is not strictly a companion of Doctor Number Three, although he was quite companionable with young Jo Grant. It's been a long time and he misses all his friends, all now moved on, new partners or new faces. All Mike can do is to reminisce over a cup of tea with a faceless and voiceless member of the new UNIT, who may be slightly over-awed that he knew the Doctor.

Mike's tale is a nightmarish one of sudden death, magic, mystery and an affecting lost love. His own fondest memories are of Jo who it seems he was never meant to have.

A mysterious magician is in town and he can make you disappear and whatever his real skills are, he is always accompanied by death. When Jo Grant, Mike Yates and the Doctor are brought in by UNIT to investigate they are lead into a dangerous world. Mike desperately wants to protect Jo but he is just one man and Jo is always a law unto herself. Can Mike save the girl he loves and bring her in from the cold?

Yes, it's another monster of the week but the premise is good and the narration by Richard Franklin is involved and emotional. The story uses the monster to explore the feelings between the two that were never addressed in the original series and they say this is a kid's programme. I think not.

Sue Davies

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