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Rushing along

By:Clive T Wright, St Lawrence, United Kingdom
Date:Tuesday 12 July 2011
Rating:   6

Sentinels feels like a jumble of old 3rd Doctor plots or a thin rehash of the Time Monster, it even has a large flapping winged monster, but this time its black.

Its not bad but like the time tunnel in the plot its a simple straight line of a story, nothing challenging or original.

Good Third Doctor Vibe

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Monday 21 March 2022
Rating:   7

"The Sentinels of the New Dawn" is a bit different for a Companion Chronicles story, being almost a full audio drama. The story itself is written as a kind of cross-over between Third Doctor series 1 and series 2, which were quite different in tone and style. Thus, we have Liz about a year after she left UNIT connect with The Doctor in a story that would generally fit more in the Jo series than the Liz series. As is usual with Companion Chronicles adventures, we start with a much older companion reminiscing to someone else about an adventure she/he had with The Doctor long ago. In this case, the other character is a Captain from UNIT, though the listener gets some clues that his status may not be what he says, and that perhaps Liz knows this, but tells him about her adventure anyway. The story itself involves Liz now back at Cambridge University. She's a bit worried about some time experiments that her mentor is conducting, and so calls in the expert, i.e. The Doctor, for a second opinion. The time experiment goes a bit wonky and Liz and the Doctor get catapulted to the early 21st century, in which someone has recreated the time experiment. This somebody runs a kind of ultra-conservative cult cum political party using the time window to enrich a few like-minded people and establish the conditions whereby they can step into power and return England to a feudal society. Carolyn John is an excellent narrator and the story moves along at a nice pace.

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