With the end of the Companion Chronicles coming I’m producing a two-part guide in the style of The R3 Main Range 1-50 Collectors Guide. As ever this is intended as a reference and you might wish to bookmark this page if you are still building up your collection.
This covers the first four series; the second part (Series 5 – 8) will appear later.
These are my opinions which are similar to many people’s though for all the ones I’ve left blank I am sure that there are many people who love them. You’ll see that (for me) the series took a while to get going with the better stories in later series.
My definitions are:
- Classic – must have, great stories
- Essential – you need this to follow a story arc, or for some other reason
- Good – the best stories
- Interesting – this has one or more features that make it worth listening to
Companion Chronicles Series 1 – 4
|1.02||Fear of the Daleks|
|1.03||Blue Tooth||Good||Liz Shaw’s story is the best of the bunch by far|
|2.02||Helicon Prime||Good||Jamie and a great impression of the Doctor|
|2.03||Old Soldiers||Good||The Brigadier – enough said|
|2.04||Catalyst||Essential||A decent story and the start of Leela’s ‘arc’|
|3.01||Here there be Monsters||Interesting||Susan narrates an intriguing story|
|3.02||Great Space Elevator|
|3.03||Doll of Death|
|3.04||Empathy Games||Good||Leela fights for her life on Synchronis|
|3.05||Home Truths||Classic||The first of the Sara Kingdom trilogy|
|3.07||Transit of Venus||Good||Ian Chesterton in an historical masterpiece|
|3.08||Prisoner’s Dilemma||Interesting||This links to the Key2Time trilogy|
|3.11||Mahogany Murders||Classic||Welcome Jago & Litefoot!|
|3.12||Stealers from Saiph|
|4.01||Drowned World||Classic||More of the Sara Kingdom trilogy|
|4.03||Prisoner of Peladon||Good||A great return to Peladon|
|4.05||Ringpullworld||Good||Turlough in a strange but glorious story|
|4.06||Bernice Summerfield and the Criminal Code||Good||Even the title is great|
|4.07||Suffering||Good||Another great historical|
|4.08||Emperor of Eternity|
|4.09||Shadow of the Past||Good||Liz Shaw and a UNIT Vault!|
|4.11||Night’s Black Agents|
|4.12||Solitaire||Good||Charley, a puppet and the Toymaker|
Just how good was series 4?
Feel free to let me know where you disagree!