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Audio Review: Doctor Who - The Companion Chronicles: The Cold Equations 
17th-Nov-2013 09:24 pm
Doctor Who: The Cold Equations (The Companion Chronicles, #5.12)Doctor Who: The Cold Equations by Simon Guerrier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like the previous story in this trilogy featuring newly-created companion Oliver, this really captures the feel of Hartnell-era Doctor Who. The meticulously worked-out details of zero-gravity navigation even evoke some of the show's original purpose as education television, without getting tedious.

I continue to really enjoy the relationship between Oliver and Steven, and this play does a lot to showcase it, since the second half is mostly a two-hander featuring the two of them. They present a nice contrast to each other: Oliver is shrewd, slightly devious, but very much out of his depth in the realm of time and space travel. Steven is much more open and plain-spoken, but comes from far in Oliver's future.

We also get to find out what Oliver's secret is. I think they made a smart choice to reveal it now rather than trying to string it out for suspense. I'd had my suspicions about what it was, and they happened to be correct. Oliver's confession and Steven's reaction to it were pitched just about perfectly.

I'm very much looking forward to the next installment in the trilogy.

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18th-Nov-2013 07:13 am (UTC)
I haven't heard this audio play, but reading the title and the synopsis, I imagine it owes more than a bit to Tom Godwin's heart wrenching 1954 short story of the same name.

I recommend it.
18th-Nov-2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes - I meant to mention that in my review. It's very much a take on the same themes - except that if you have a friend with a TARDIS, the equations are not quite as inexorable as they might seem at first.
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