‘THE SWORD OF THE CHEVALIER’
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The Doctor and Rose meet Chevalier d’Éon
The second episode of ‘The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2’ box set, ‘The Sword of the Chevalier’, is by Guy Adams. I enjoyed this episode very much as it’s an historical adventure in 1791.
In the story, the Doctor and Rose visit Slough. Um…I’m not sure why the Doctor would want to go there. I’ve visited Slough in 2013 and 2015. Like Rose, I find there isn’t very much to see in the place.
Anyway, the Doctor and Rose get to meet the Chevalier d’Éon, one of the most thrilling and important people in Earth history. She happens to be a former spy and a very superb swordsperson.
Now I knew nothing about the Chevalier d’Éon before listening to this audio. So it was good to discover this historical character in the ‘Doctor Who’ episode and how the Doctor and Rose met her.
At first, I thought the Chevalier was a man dressed up in women’s clothes. In a sense ‘she’ is a man, although ‘she’ renounced gender and became a woman for the rest of ‘her’ life before ‘her’ death.
If you’re confused by this point, I don’t blame you. I was confused as much as Rose when the Doctor explained d’Eon to her. But that didn’t stop me enjoying the story and finding out more about d’Éon.
I liked Nickolas’ performance as d’Éon. Sometimes it was a challenge to think of d’Éon as a woman instead of a man through Nickolas’ performance, but at least it wasn’t over-the-top as you’d expect.
I enjoyed the first meeting between the Doctor and the Chevalier when they play out a swordfight together. The Chevalier soon joins the Doctor and Rose in helping them in stopping an alien menace.
David Tennant is superb as the Doctor in this audio adventure. Again, David delivers the manic, frenzied energy of the Doctor, balancing both the comedic and serious aspects of his character well.
There was one point where I thought David Tennant’s Doctor was going to sing. This was something I was looking forward to hearing. But we cut away to another scene as the Doctor’s singing happened.
Why couldn’t we have David’s Doctor singing in the episode?! I would have loved to have heard that. I’m sure David Tennant’s got a good singing voice. It would also have been amusing to hear on audio.
But I still enjoyed it when the Doctor got to show his sword fighting, especially following his efforts in ‘The Christmas Invasion’. He also means business to deal with the Consortium of the Obsidian Asp.
Billie Piper is wonderful as Rose Tyler in this audio episode. I enjoyed the chemistry she shares with David’s Doctor and it’s a joy to hear her laughing away, matching to how she was from the TV series.
Again, Rose gets to be resourceful when she has her own adventure and deals with the alien menace. Even though she gets captured, Rose uses the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver to her advantage.
It was amusing when Rose teases the Doctor in how things go haywire in his swordfight with the Chevalier and his mistaken identity at Christopher Dalliard’s place. Rose revels in it, does she not? 😀
The guest cast also includes Tam Williams as Christopher Dalliard. I’ve heard Tam Williams before, since he’d guest starred in the ‘Destiny of the Doctor’ story ‘Hunters of Earth’ with Carole Ann Ford.
The villains are Mark Elstob as Joxer and Lucy Briggs-Owen as Hempel. These two are of three people sharing one body. Confused? It had me confused. But I still found the story very gripping to listen to.
‘The Sword of the Chevalier’ is a mind-boggling but very enjoyable audio episode to listen to with the Doctor and Rose. I enjoyed my introduction to Chevalier d’Éon and how she got in the adventure.
At the end of Disc 2 of ‘The Tenth Doctor Adventures – Volume 2’, there’s a track of incidental music from ‘The Sword of the Chevalier’ to enjoy.
‘The Sword of the Cheavlier’ rating – 8/10
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