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Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles - The Anachronauts by Simon Guerrier

01/05/2012. Contributed by Sue Davies

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pub: Big Finish. 2 CDs 120 minute story. Price: CD: GBP12.99 (UK), Download: GBP 9.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84435-611-9). cast: Peter Purves and Jean Marsh.

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After a wonderful Christmas Day, the festive mood is abruptly shattered by something large crashing into the TARDIS.

Stephen, the Doctor and Sarah find themselves on a beach where they meet the mistrustful crew of a wrecked spaceship. It seems they have all been stranded here and the TARDIS is lost. These space travellers had used a crude time drive resulting in the Vortex collision.

Putting aside their suspicions, the companions and the Doctor join with the crew to attempt to find the TARDIS so they can escape the three-sunned planet but as the day progresses, the tensions erupt and it appears that not everything is as it seems.

It looks like a fight for survival but no one is sure just who they are fighting.

Once again, Big Finish has produced another stunning ‘Companion Chronicle’ that is bigger on the inside. Writer Simon Guerrier has drawn on a vast canvas but managed not only epic and magnificent scenes but also draws on emotions and feelings about and between the companions that completely open up how we remember them.

Steven tells the story, voiced by Peter Purves, and is aided by a counterpoint narration by Sarah Kingdom, the magnificent Jean Marsh. Peter also does a very good First Doctor reproducing his gruff and brusque and occasionally absent-minded presentation. I suggest putting Peter Purves and Frazer Hines in a cross-over adventure as First and Second Doctors next.

With changing locations and some soul searching, this is a memorable chronicle which adds some strength and depth to the original characters. It is worth listening to more than once to savour its development.

Sue Davies

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