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Doctor Who: The Transit of Venus (The Companion Chronicles #3.7)

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A new adventure for the First Doctor, as read by his companion Ian Chesterton.

The year is 1770, and daring explorer Captain James Cook and his crew on the Endeavour are navigating the Pacific Ocean.

Into their midsts come strangers: the Doctor and Ian Chesterton, who are believed to come from Venus. But the TARDIS is lost to them — along with both Susan and Barbara — and Ia
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Published January 31st 2009 by Big Finish Productions (first published January 15th 2009)
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Nicholas Whyte
William Russell's return in character as Ian Chesterton gives him the record for Who performer of longest standing (though Carole Ann Ford is due to regain that title later in the year). Transit of Venus is a two-hander with Ian Stoddard playing Joseph Banks, and William Russell playing everyone else, after the Tardis appears on board the Endeavour in 1774 and promptly disappears again along with Susan and Barbara. It is set immediately after and (despite the historical setting) ties in very clo ...more
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Jamie Revell
Nov 29, 2015 Jamie Revell rated it really liked it
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A First Doctor story told from the perspective of Ian.

Although Big Finish have done straight historicals before, this is the first one in the Companion Chronicles series, and therefore, the first to feature the Doctor with whom the style is most associated. This makes a real effort to feel like a First Doctor story, despite the absence of Susan and Barbara for the great bulk of it. For instance, the story takes place over the course of several months, with a sense of the Doctor and Ian actually
Jul 06, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it
An interesting historical tale with some nice character moments, read wonderfully by William Russell.
Я опасалась браться за БигФиниш, потому как они в основном специализируются на олдскуле, а я все еще ползу вдоль временной линии Первого Доктора да пытаюсь не забыть имена его спутников. Я отказываюсь перескакивать через Докторов, мне надо чтобы все было в хронологическом порядке, не дай бог пропущу первую встречу таймлорда с далеками, киберлюдями и тд. Поэтому БигФиниш ждал того часа, когда я наконец просмотрю пару сезонов и смогу ориентироваться в происходящем. Рассказывает эту историю William ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Don rated it liked it
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This audio adventure features the First Doctor and Ian Chesterton, as read by William Russell, with the TARDIS landing on the deck of the Endeavour in 1770, as commanded by Captain Cook. Through an early mishap, the TARDIS (with Susan and Barbara inside) is separated from the Doctor and Ian, who then have most of the rest of the adventure all to themselves. The sense of import in Cook's discovery of Australia is easily conveyed, and the mystery about What Is Going On is compelling. Even better, ...more
Oct 05, 2014 Maj rated it really liked it
I never quite understood what the Doctor's problem with Ian was...was it Ian being younger and better looking than him?

This story is solid but delivered brilliantly by William Russell. I enjoy purely historical Who so this was right up my street...with a wee twist!
I should note the Doctor's asshole-y behaviour in this...definitely in character though - one of the instances of the Doctor being less helpful than he could be. If that was Clara instead of Ian, Doc would be in for a proper slap!
Feb 26, 2015 Cthonus rated it it was amazing
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William Russell as Ian Chesterton. Utterly beguiling as a narrator Russell is clearly on game with this salty tale of Captain Cook's voyage to Australia, and manages to flesh out what is a rather simple plot device into a two act play that never once falls to be believable. Even the rather tortured twists at the end to tie up the narration strands don't detract from a masterful performance piece
Jul 09, 2015 Ritchie rated it liked it
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Another of The Companion Chronicles, this time told by William Russell as Ian Chesterton and featuring One, Susan and Barbara. A decent story with a far-fetched ending.
Debra Cook
Jan 21, 2016 Debra Cook rated it liked it
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This was an okay adventure. Not very exciting. It was one of the historical stories the first doctor used to do.
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Jacqueline Rayner is a best selling British author, best known for her work with the licensed fiction based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.

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