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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: 14.8 x 1 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 17 April 2014
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Welcome to the planet Cray!

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

I had this for Christmas 2008 and enjoyed listening to it in the car when my parents and I made visits to friends and family. It really is a captivating story and the environment and setting in which it is set really authentic being all sporty and street cred throughout.

I've recently had this story's CD signed by lovely Sarah Sutton at Big Finish Day in January, 2015.

The TARDIS arrives on the planet Cray where a war goes on. The Doctor hopes to meet his hero, Lord Darzil Carlisle. The war turns out to be a brutal sports game called naxy - fought between two teams (the Lineen and the Gora). Can the Doctor and Nyssa help Lord Carlisle in his peace negotiations?

This story is unique in one respect. It is a six-part story by Darin Henry, which makes `The Game' the first six-part story in the Peter Davison era. This is unusual as most Peter Davison stories are four or two-part adventures. I was looking forward to how the story would be told in these six episodes.

I really like this story and how Darin Henry comes up with an alien society obsessed with sport. Although I'm not a sports fan, I can visualise the game arena; the shouting crowds; coaches and players easily. The story also suits the Fifth Doctor who's into sport due to his cricketing prowess.

Nyssa is terrific and I really like Sarah Sutton's performance. Nyssa is easily shocked when discovering what naxy is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Oct. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2013
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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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