I'm sure it's been discussed before, but who exactly is Mark Reynolds? I seem to remember hearing that he's a Jon Pertwee impressionist somewhere but, having listened to this, I find that pretty hard to believe. If I'm honest, I was reminded more of Frazer Hines' Patrick Troughton impression mixed with the voice of Trevor Baxter. Especially compared to Tim Treloar, I simply don't understand why he was asked to do this when it could have been Tim (no offence intended).
As for the story, it kind of hinges on a pretty uncharacteristic decision from the Doctor (to me, at least) that sort of causes the whole thing to unravel. I think I'd probably also appreciate this story much more if I actually knew the original poem. As it is, it's a bit of an oddball story.
I enjoyed it but, whilst a very good reader with presence, I can't say Mark Reynolds was particularly convincing as Jon Pertwee. Although I did get hints of Trevor Baxter as Mark said above. I also like the idea of spreading the voice work out a bit; Treloar is more than fine but it's nice to hear different takes on the original actor's voices. Am looking forward to Blue Boxes already.
I thought this one was just ok. I love the Doctor/Companion pairing in this, however there was too much technical stuff for my liking. Maybe it was my state of mind, I was in a particularly bad mindset yesterday, but I listened to it twice and zoned out at the same point both times. I know it's odd to say that there was too much exposition in a completely narrated piece, but that's how it felt to me.
Well, I rather enjoyed this - and felt there was soupçon of Pertwee-ish in the voice. Mark Reynolds is a jobbing voice actor - looks like he did two at once, a Liz Shaw story is lined up for November too. Great to have something set in the Third's last run. My take is up at CultBox.
Broadcast Engineer, DW & audio drama fan, reviewer for CultBox & IndieMacUser, Marmalade maker, Nimon apologist
Just started listening to it and heard the mention of Canopus. We used Canopus as the main guide star in the star catalog for the Wind mission in order to do attitude determination of the spacecraft. I was part of the flight dynamics attitude support team during launch and operations for WIND a while. That was my first time in operations.
Edit: I've now finished it. It was okay.
Here is a NASA page on Mariner 10. Here is the wikipedia page. I don't know about navigation back then, but stars are used mainly for attitude control (where the spacecraft is pointing) than orbit determination. Here is a bit from the wikipedia article
Mariner 10 determined its attitude using two optical sensors, one pointed at the Sun, and the other at a bright star, usually Canopus; additionally, the probe's three gyroscopes provided a second option for calculating the attitude. Nitrogen gas thrusters were used to adjust Mariner 10's orientation along three axes
And here is an interesting bit:
A trajectory correction maneuver was made on 13 November 1973. Immediately afterward, the star-tracker locked onto a bright flake of paint which had come off the spacecraft and lost tracking on the guide star Canopus. An automated safety protocol recovered Canopus, but the problem of flaking paint recurred throughout the mission.
One of those times might have been the TARDIS and not a paint flake