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Council of War (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Simon Barnard , Paul Morris
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Jun 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1781780676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781780671
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 12.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sgt Bentons Finest Hour 3 Aug 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Council Of War (Doctor Who The Companion Chronicles)
Doctor: Third Doctor
Featuring: The Brig, Benton, Margery Phipps
Main enemy: The Blatherians
Main setting: UNIT HQ, London and Kettering, Northamptonshire, the 1970s Kettering
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Simon Barnard & Paul Morris
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Performed by: John Levene, Sinead Keenan
Release number: 7.12
Format: 1xCD of a 60 minute audio adventure.

Behind the scenes.

Sergeant Benton - John Levene
Margery Phipps / Beryl Umbridge - Sinead Keenan
Documentary narrator - Lisa Bowerman

1(Sgt. Benton's dinner jacket is several sizes too big for him.
2)Margery Phipps, a member of the Harmony Party, was the first woman to elected to the Kettering Town Council. She is a feminist, a vegetarian & an environmentalist.
3)Overnight, the Doctor builds a time disturbance sensor for Benton to use to detect "ghosts" in Kettering.
4)Benton goes undercover as an independent councillor in the Burton Latimer Ward in investigate the disappearance of Beryl Umbridge.
5)Ted Fields is the Chairman of the Kettering Town Council. While dressed as Father Christmas & very drunk, he makes unwanted advances on Margery, Benton rescues Margery from him.
6)Margery describes Benton as handsome in a "mail order catalogue sort of way" & claims that he resembles James Bond, "not the new one, the one before him but without the Australian accent."
7)UNIT believes that the "ghosts" are time travellers from the future.
8)Benton describes Margery as "a Bolshie women's libber."
9)The Doctor has encountered the Blatherians at least once before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aliens in Kettering 1 July 2013
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books which see an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on TV return to the role to read an all new story for their character.

They do all the voices as well, save for one which is done by a guest actor.

These are usually two part stories, complete on a single cd, with episodes of roughly thirty minutes in length.

This story is the very first in the range to feature John Levene as Sgt. Benton, who he played in all the U.N.I.T. stories. Set in 1973, and in between stories from the Third Doctor's final season on tv, it sees Benton sent on an undercover mission. To investigate missing people in Kettering.

This being at the time when the U.N.I.T. family, as they are usually referred to, was breaking up, sees Benton put into a role others might normally have done. Which leaves him slightly out of his depth. He's even more ill at ease when he meets Margery Phipps, the only independent councillor and only female on the town council. A radical feminist with many strong ideas, she has to battle a lot of ingrained attitudes.

The two are forced to work together when caught up in middle of some very strange goings on. Which leave the fate of an entire planet hanging in the balance.

This story breaks the usual format slightly by giving the guest actor more to do than usual, meaning that Sinead Keenan, who plays Margery, gets almost as much to do as John Levene does. Both narrate alternating chunks of the story.

The 1970's setting is superbly rendered right from the off. And the attitudes that Margery finds herself having to contend with are so very in keeping with the spirit of the time also. This comes over ever so well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit dull 17 Dec 2013
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Not Benton's finest hour when all's said and done!
To say the story's far-fetched is a bit of an understatement really!!!
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