“I could never endure the sight of injustice and cruelty,” Ian Chesterton.
What struck us most about ‘The Flames of Cadiz’ was how powerful it was as an historical piece, especially for Ian. Voiced by both William Russell and Carole Ann Ford, this audio tells the story of the Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Susan in the late 16th century caught on the wrong side of the conflict between England and Spain. It tells the story through the eyes of Ian and Susan but also manages to give a great deal of Barbara characterization and a lot from her point of view. It was interesting hearing the story from all their separate but equally important journeys.
We had all our notes so got this done a lot quicker than we thought. Finally done after meaning to do this a week ago.
“When do you know? When do you know it’s time to move on, to let go? When is the right moment to take charge of your life? When do you know?”
Just a bit of a review/thoughts on these great audios. Non spoiler unless of course you haven’t seen the Daleks’ Master Plan.
“We cost lives and changed the entire history of a species all because the Doctor picked up a rock and I wouldn’t let him use it.”
This story was quite an emotional rollercoaster and one of those things where we got so overwhelmed by the beauty of it. Possibly being huge One era fans and Ian being our favourite companion- it had a big impact on us. The way it linked all the adventures together and had this beautiful story set around the life of time traveller Ian Chesterton was so awe inspiring and wonderful.
Steven’s companion Chronicles featuring new companion Oliver Harper.
We finally got around to uploading it. (Non spoiler)
“He’d lost so many people close to him recently that he’d just accepted losing me.”
We thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy, each individual story was great in its own right, but as a trilogy it was outstanding and highly recommended by us. There’s something about the ongoing theme of the audios which appealed to us- and this was Steven’s assumption that he was living on ‘Borrowed time’. Right from the beginning of the first story the Perpetual Bond (Which is slotted after the Dalek’s Master Plan) Steven is struggling with the losses that they have seen. Whether these losses are Susan, Ian, Barbara and Vicki leaving, or the deaths of Sara, Bret, and Katarina, Steven is plagued by intense feelings that his time is running out, that he cannot live too long travelling with the Doctor. One day it will end for him too and quite possibly in death.
“Looks like the stars are destined for us to wander a little while longer.”
Ian’s latest companion chronicle takes our team to 19th century Siberia. The story begins with the team arriving in Russia at the same time the locals have seen a shooting star. The sighting of the ‘shooting star’ has coincided with a strange illness that soon affects the Doctor and Susan too.
Ian’s companion chronicle The Rocket Men is a great audio for fans of Ian as a character and fans of his relationship with Barbara. This is really the first audio that uses Ian’s feelings for Barbara as the main drive of the story.
“Sometimes you see, you’ve known all along. You just don’t realise that you do. You have to know that you know, you have to find that out and you know when it’s gone; when you see it torn from your hands, when it’s never coming back. That’s when you know. The moment you risk losing it forever, you know.”
This review is of The Fragile Yellow Arc of Fragrance (which is in the Big Finish Lost stories set, along with Farewell Great Macedon.) We will also review that story at a later date but as its four hours long, we need some time before we do so.
Fragile Yellow arc of Fragrance is a beautiful audio story about love. The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan are about to leave a utopian paradise having spent time making friends. Barbara has a dilemma to face which she would never have imagined. This is Barbara’s finest story for her character.
“Logically I should hate to go back to my world and yet I love the Earth, I love its beauty and its ugliness, its golden heart and its insanity. Away from it I find that I love and miss everything about it. I mean you should see England, bright and shining one day, musty, damp and foreboding the next. I can’t help it Rhythm, my world is an inferior one to yours…and yet I still yearn for it, so I must go back.”
Our attempt at a review of the audio ‘The Transit of Venus’ an Ian companion chronicle from Big Finish written by Jacqueline Rayner. The reviews we do will be spoiler free.
“Bleakness and sorrow threatened to engulf me for a moment but then determination replaced them. I had to believe that Barbara too was in the TARDIS and I would not allow her and Susan to be imprisoned there forever.”