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Who is Elizabeth Klein?
The Doctor and Elizabeth Klein are now the best of travelling companions?!
The ‘Survival of the Fittest’ CD release is the second of a trilogy of stories with the Seventh Doctor and his new companion Elizabeth Klein, played by Sylvester McCoy and Tracey Childs. This CD release is rather unusual as it contains two stories for the price of one. This includes a one-part adventure and a three-part story.
The structure of this CD is unusual as it starts with the one-part story first called ‘Klein’s Story’ on Disc 1. Then for the rest of the CD, it’s the three-part story ‘Survival of the Fittest’. I enjoyed listening to the two distinctive stories and finding out how the Doctor and Klein’s relationship develops here.
‘Klein’s Story’ is by John Ainsworth and Lee Mansfield. It takes place after ‘A Thousand Tiny Wings’. Klein tells her story to the Doctor in the TARDIS about why she had travelled back to 1940s Germany.
This episode makes a number of references to ‘Colditz’. I liked how the Doctor sits back and lets Klein do all the talking. Klein tells him her story and the Doctor learns what did happen from her past life.
Klein’s story concerns another man, Rupert Wickham as Major Faber, whom she fell in love with. It also features Paul McGann as Johann Schmidt, who does turn out to be an alternative Eighth Doctor.
This is a great opening episode to this CD release. It sets up the Doctor and Klein’s relationship on where they are to go next in their travels and how their characters develop in future audio stories.
‘Klein’s Story’ rating – 4/5
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