The Guardian of the Solar System CD-Audio
Part of the Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles series
Space Security Agent Sara Kingdom is dead, her ashes strewn on the planet Kembel.
But, in an old house in Ely, Sara Kingdom lives on. And now Sara's past is catching up with her.
- Format: CD-Audio
- Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd
- Publication Date: 31/07/2010
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781844354832
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Review by saroz
I really loved this one. I enjoyed it even more than either story it precedes - "Home Truths" or "The Drowned World" - although I enjoyed both of those works. I found the melancholic mood and dark tone, with some beautiful lyricism, to be especially engaging, not to mention the sense of "completing" the story begun in the first two installments. To my mind, in fact, the previous two are now stronger because of the way they tie in to "The Guardian of the Solar System" (and what a marvelous double meaning that title has). The story's visual of a giant, imposing clock is one of the best seen or heard in "Doctor Who" for many a year. I only wish the TV series could afford to go this kind of route on occasion.In "Home Truths," the entire story was about Sara learning the positives and negatives of getting what you wish for. "The Drowned World" focused on her intertwined senses of guilt and responsibility. Both of those threads meet in "The Guardian of the Solar System," and in fact if you're an informed fan, they spread even further outward to encompass Sara's ultimate sacrifice in the TV series. This is a character who is trying to redeem herself after an incredibly tragic mistake, when she has realized that the rules she's lived by have been false. Instead of abandoning them, she re-applies those rules to herself: she continues to uphold the law, she continues to sacrifice herself for the greater good. And she remains trapped by them. In the TV series, these rules of the universe ultimately kill her, but here she gets a second chance.I think "The Guardian of the Solar System," and the Sara trilogy as a whole, really shows off the full potential for Big Finish's Companion Chronicles line. There are friends I want to send these to for Christmas, even though I know they aren't really into audio drama. I think they'll enjoy them all the same.