Big Finish: The Companion Chronicles

Along the same lines as the Big Finish: The Monthly Adventures thread, here’s a general thread for The Companion Chronicles. What are your favorite stories, authors, arcs, etc? What don’t you like about this range? Discussion, rants and ramblings are encouraged.

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I’ve only dabbled in the Companion Chronicles. Personally, when it comes to Big Finish, I prefer the full-cast stuff. That said, there’s a lot of great stuff in this range. Particularly anything written by Simon Guerrier. This is the range that greatly expanded Sara Kingdom as a companion by placing a lot of great stories in the gap around Episode 7/8 of Daleks’ Master Plan. If you haven’t checked some of these out, you might want to.

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I’ve only listened to the four Sixth Doctor companion chronicles (Peri and the Piscon Paradox, Night’s Black Agents (with Jamie), A Town Called Fortune (with Evelyn), and Beyond the Ultimate Adventure).

Naturally, I enjoyed Piscon; I quote it all the time! I couldn’t finish Night’s Black Agents as I’m not a fan of Jamie as a Sixth Doctor companion. A Town Called Fortune was decent, and I’d recommend it for anyone who likes Westerns. I don’t recall how Beyond the Ultimate Adventure went, but I don’t remember it being bad.

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i haven’t gotten that deep into tCC yet but i really ought because man, the ones ive heard that were good were GOOD. i adore The Scorchies, easily in my top 5 Big Finish stories, and i love Solitaire and Piscon Paradox. i really enjoy stories with a small cast/character study type stuff, and im always charmed by the actors having to do their silly impressions of people theyve worked with for years (ESPECIALLY Katy Manning’s Pertwee impression. SO cute)
a lot of really great comfort stories in here i think !!! ill have to dive back in.

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I’ve not listened to much of this range, but I really love what I’ve heard so far. It’s fun getting to dig into a companion’s headspace a little more, especially when these stories are usually being narrated after their travels ended, meaning we often get some introspection and hindsight on the companion’s part. Considering that Smith and Capaldi aren’t coming back any time soon, and Tennant is pretty busy, I’d love to see them bring back this range for the new series companions sometime. I’d love to know what’s going on in Bill and Nardole’s heads.

I’ve mostly listened to the 1st Doctor stories, namely the ones written by Simon Guerrier (The Sara Kingdom Trilogy, the Oliver Harper Trilogy, the Anachronauts and the Steven trilogy). Guerrier does an amazing job of capturing that whimsical vibe of the Hartnell years, but at the same time adding a touch of melancholy. His stories also feel incredibly dangerous, like even though I know the characters will survive, I’m still often convinced that there’s no way out. You get this in his non Companion chronicle stories too, like the Settling and the Carrionite Curse. He really knows how to push characters to the brink.

Some other stories I’ve liked are The Last Post, the Glorious Revolution, the Suffering, Solitaire, Peri and the Piscon Paradox, and the Unwinding World.

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Some of my favorite stories of all time are in this series! The Suffering, Solitaire, Find and Replace, The Rocket Men, The Last Post, Across the Darkened City, and The Plague of Dreams are all phenomenal!

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I love the Companion Chronicles—it’s a contender for my favourite audio range. I love seeing older eras of the show from a different perspective, and I adore the deeper and more emotional takes on the classic companions. I also enjoy how the storytelling nature of the range allows for some fascinating twists and interesting uses of framing devices.

I have so many favourites it would be silly to name them all! Off the top of my head my great loves are: Ringpullworld, Home Truths, the Cold Equations, Find and Replace, the Last Post, the Transit of Venus, the Scorchies, Second Chances… et al! Truly one of my favourite ranges.

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I think this Range greatly benefits with the first and second Doctor. I don’t know, but so far from what I listened those fitted the format the best. Not to say other Doctors didn’t have great ones (Blue Tooth comes to mind as a great one for 3 and especially Liz or Solitaire and there are some other great ones, that I probably still need to listen to).
The big Standout for me personally so far in that Range is basically the Sara Kingdom Trilogy, which is perfectly written for this format.

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