1/07/2011. Contributed by Sue Davies
Doctor Who The Companion Chronicles: Sentinels of the New Dawn by Paul Finch. pub: Big Finish. 1 CD 60 minute story. Price: CD: GBP 8.99 (UK), Download: GBP 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84435-508-2). cast: Caroline John and Duncan Wisbey.
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A representative of UNIT comes to interview Dr. Liz Shaw about her encounter with the New Dawn. It’s not that easy to explain as it never actually happened.
Liz has to contact the Doctor after she abruptly left. He has a new companion now but Liz is delighted to find he is still eager to meet with her. Liz has been helping with the project of a fellow scientist, someone who is working on a time tunnel and something is disturbing her enough to seek the opinion of the Doctor.
A visit to the lab in Cambridge proves to the Doctor that Liz’s friend is developing a time window that could be used only to see the future or past in that particular room. But the Doctor can’t resist meddling and both of them are flung forward in time where they encounter a sinister group intent on world domination, the Sentinels of the New Dawn.
The Sentinels are referenced in 'Leviathan', one of the Lost Stories for the Sixth Doctor originally penned by Brain Finch and adapted by his son, Paul, for Big Finish. Paul has now written this ‘Companion Chronicle’ to flesh out who the Sentinels are. This story gets around the lack of a useable TARDIS and allows the pair to have an adventure in the future.
There is a nice examination of the feelings of Liz who thinks she has abandoned the Doctor. This is how she works out her post-traumatic stress. Getting on with the rest of your life can be problematic as there is no one else quite like the Doctor. Here she considers that it was inevitable that no one person could ever hope to keep up with him.
In keeping with the Pertwee man of action tag, there are some suitably high-flying action scenes (no budget problems here). Combined with the narration by Caroline John who only interacts with one other actor, Duncan Wisbey, who plays the mysterious Richard Beauregard, the leader of the Sentinels, this is an exciting story which leaves a hint at the end that it could be picked up at another time.
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