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The Prisoner's Dilemma (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Simon Guerrier
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844353575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844353576
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars self preservation 16 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
latest release in the third series of doctor who companion chronicles talking books. normally these feature an actor who played a companion of the doctor's on tv reading an all new story. but this one rather breaks the format.

it ties in with another big finish release Key 2 Time: The Judgement of Isskar (Doctor Who) and features the back story of zara, a character from that story. here she encounters the seventh doctor's companion ace, when the two of them are thrown together in a prison cell.

the story is complete on one disc, containing two episodes that run for roughly half an hour each. the first part involves the two ladies trying to escape, and these scenes are interdispersed with zara telling us the story of who she is and how she came to be. and a few things she learnt in the process. there's some strong characterisation here.

the second part has narration from ace, and more from zara, and fills in the backstory of what ace was doing here in the first place. this is all very clever and in keeping with the era of the show when the doctor would make cunning plans, as there's lots of crossing of various continuities involved. people who read the doctor who novels of the 1990's will notice a few fan pleasing continuity references.

everything comes together very well at the end in a way that shows you what the doctor was up to, and fills in the blanks about zara that we didn't learn in her other story.

it's an involved second episode and you do need to concentrate on it, but it's worth the effort.

and this pretty much stands on it's own so you can hear it without having heard judgement of isskar.

the disc concludes with a seven and a half minute long interview with cast and crew.

a clever tale and a clever experiment with the format. not bad at all
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good prequel 3 Mar 2009
By Peter Ingemi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Prisoner's Dilemma is an interesting twist on the Companion Chronicles series.

First of all it crosses over with the Current Key to Time SeriesKey 2 Time: The Judgement of Isskar (Doctor Who), Destroyer of Delights and Key 2 Time: The Chaos Pool (Doctor Who) from the main series. The character of Zara in theory is introduced here and her acquisition of the first segment of the key is chronicled. In that sense it is a prequel.

It also marks the 2nd time that a companion chronicles story involves a doctor (7th) who is active in the big finish stories. (the other being the Darkening Eye). Sophie Aldred as Ace shows that she can carry a story as we she her attempts to prevent the slaughter of millions and pays a high price for it.

Another interesting twist is the 7th doctor who appears knowing from memory the results of Zara's actions on the planet and the necessity of not stopping her. It adds a layer to the narrative.

The whole story works marvelously. Zara's birth development and fleshing out really makes Key 2 Time: The Judgement of Isskar (Doctor Who) a better story. The birth and the lives of both her and her "sister" Amy is at least as interesting as the quest.

I actually find it even superior so far to the base story. Money might be tight these days but I say you should spare a few bucks for this one.
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