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The Game (Doctor Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Darin Henry
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (1 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844351009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844351008
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 847,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Welcome to the planet Cray as the Doctor and Nyssa witness a pretty violent and brutal civil war between two groups of people in the form of a hyper-active sports game!

'The Game' is a really good `Doctor Who' story with the Doctor and Nyssa, played by Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton. It was such a nice change to listen to a proper linear story following the complex odd structure of the previous story 'Creatures of Beauty'.

I had this for Christmas 2008 and enjoyed listening to it in the car whenever me and parents went and did visits to friends and family. It really is a captivating story and the environment and setting in which it's set really feels authentic being all sporty and street cred throughout.

This story is unique in one respect. It is a six-part story. Darin Henry who wrote it made the conscious decision of expanding the story's episode length. This makes `The Game' the first six-part story in the Peter Davison era. This is unusual because mostly Peter Davison stories are either four or two-part adventures. But this is a six-episode story, and I was really looking forward to how the story would be told in these six instalments. This could easily have been the season finale of the first set of Doctor and Nyssa adventures. It kept me hooked as I was listening to the story and wondering what was going to happen next at the end of each episode.

The story of `The Game' has the Doctor and Nyssa arriving on the planet Cray. The Doctor hopes to meet his hero Lord Darzil Carlisle, an Earth ambassador who is uniquely successful in ending wars and making peace on planets.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Let The Game's Begin 26 Oct 2013
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Positive.
William Russell as Lord Carlisle a wonderful performance as wonderful performance by a Doctor Who legend.
Darin Henry writes a very intriguing script that has echoes from the 1975 Rollerball movie.
Peter Davison & Sarah Sutton have perfect chemistry of Doctor/Companion.

Negative.
This is 6 parter at 15-19 minutes why not do the adventure as a four parter of 25 minutes episodes or a proper 6 parter of 6 25 minute episodes?
The ending of the villian isn't properly concluded was he meant to return?

Trivia.
William Russell is better known to Doctor Who fans as First Doctor Companion Ian Chesterton.
Christopher Ellison is better known in the Bill as DCI Frank Burnside & was Boyard in gameshow Fort Boyard featuring Tom Baker as the Captain.

Review.
The Doctor & Nyssa arrive in the Tardis on the planet Cray were one of the Doctor's heroes & friend Lord Carlisle is there to put the finishing touches to a peace treaty to end a civil war.

But what the Doctor finds is that Lord Carlisle has no recollection of the Doctor & the planet's civil war is infact a Game called Naxy.

Naxy is a brutal game of combat were players the Gora & lineen play to the death in a arena, This is the alternative to a civil war on the planet Cray.

What scheme is Morian up too? & is Lord Carlisle all he appears to be or is there somebody else manipulating event's & can the Doctor intervene & bring about a end to this brutal bloodsport & together with Lord Carlisle find a peaceful solution to the planet Cray?

But can the Timelord can survive long enough to find that peaceful solution as the Doctor has been chosen to play the Game within the blood soaked Arena.
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is the sixty sixth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as 5, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa and, in a very welcome return for someone who has been associated with the Doctor since the very beginning, William Russell as Lord Carlisle. There are 6 episodes, roughly 15-20 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Three episodes per disc on 2 discs.

The Doctor visits the planet Cray to witness one of his heroes, Lord Carlisle, negotiate his last peace treaty in the conclusion of Cray's civil war. But there are some problems - there appears to be no civil war, just a sport that has got out of hand, and Lord Carlisle claims the Doctor is his best friend, even though the Doc has never met him.

This starts out as an excellent play, with two really good ideas at its heart - the idea of war and sport being substituted is interesting, and the notion of the Doctor as a time traveller meeting people out of sequence is fascinating. For the first disc these are used to good effect and the story structure works quite well to provide a sense of mystery and edge of the seat excitement as the Doctor and Nyssa are plunged headlong into the `sport' of Naxy. It all falls apart a little with the twist at the start of disc 2 and the introduction of Morian. This leads to a less than satisfying ending and the introduction of a pantomime villain that really doesn't fit with the tenor of the start of the story.

It is largely saved by the dignity William Russell brings to the role of Lord Carlisle, as he realises the juncture that fate has brought him to.
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