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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (29 Feb. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1844356191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844356195
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2014
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The Selachian Gambit (Doctor Who The Companion Chronicles).
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Ben, Polly, Jamie
Main enemy: The Selachians
Main setting: The Galacti-Bank
Writer: Steve Lyons
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Release number: 6.08
Format: 1x CD.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer
Behind the scenes interviews

Cast.
Jamie McCrimmon - Frazer Hines
Polly Wright - Anneke Wills

Trivia.
1)Jamie refers to the Battle of Culloden. (TV: The Highlanders)
2)Many years later in his personal timeline, the Seventh Doctor encountered the Selachians on the Moonbase in 2044 in an alternative timeline. (Audio: The Architects of History)
3)Jamie and Ben refer to their escape from the Milice in Vichy France in February 1944. (Audio: Resistance)

What's The Story.
The Doctor doesn't normally need money, but when the TARDIS is immobilised & a fine has to be paid, a loan from a bank in the sky seems the solution to his problem but then the Selachians arrive & the Doctor along with his companions Ben, Polly & Jamie find themselves hostages in the middle of a heist.

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer Steve Lyons has written a great adventure romp here featuring the Second Doctor, Ben, Polly & Jamie, The Selachian Gambit is a fairly straightforward adventure about a futuristic bank being raided by aliens called the Selachians who works well as a villian against the whimsical incarnation of the Second Doctor.

Frazer Hines is on narrative duties here & does a brilliant interpretation of the late Patrick Troughton capturing his vocal mannerisms as the Second Doctor to perfection while the guest actor is none other than Anneke Wills reprising her role as Polly Wright.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. George L. Sik on 13 April 2014
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Last year's 50th anniversary of Doctor Who was, for some of us, a time to look back...sometimes to a time before we started watching it. The act of doing so put you in the Doctor's shoes - you were actually travelling back in time!

So it was that, accompanied by a great opportunity to interview Anneke 'Polly' Wills at Exeter's Phonicon '13, I began to revisit the early Pat Troughton era of the programme, a period before I had watched it on telly (in fact, I'd only just been born). And what a glorious period that was: the magnificent Polly and Ben (the deb and the pleb), joined by Jamie in The Highlanders (he would go on to be the Doctor's longest-serving companion) all fitted magnificently into a time we now recall with a hazy 'Austin Powers' glow. As for Pat Troughton himself, he might not have created the role but to have pulled off the risky experiment of the first regeneration and a complete change in personality took rare talent and charisma.

And now we can relive that time again with ersatz nostalgia like this - actually recorded in 2012! Anneke Wills still sounds like Polly (and, having shared a stage with her, I can confirm could practically still play the part on screen, she's aged so well!) and Frazer Hines like Jamie...but here he also takes on the roles of the Doctor and Ben, Pat Troughton and Michael Craze having sadly departed. His Cockney accent for Ben is impressive, while his channelling of Patrick Troughton's tone and mannerisms is nothing short of spooky. The two were great friends in real life (in fact, all four seemed to get on like a house on fire) and I think that must have helped.

The story is great fun and feels like one of its period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 April 2012
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Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are talking books which feature an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on tv returning to the role to read an all new story for their character.

They do all the voices save one which is read by a guest actor.

And they run for two parts, complete on one cd, each part usually running twenty five to thirty minutes each [approx].

This story actually involves two companions because the main reader is Frazer Hines - Jamie during Patrick Troughton's era on tv - and the second voice is Anneke Wills - Polly, in both the first and second Doctor's eras.

It's a two parter as usual, and each episode runs for twenty six minutes [approx].

The story sees the TARDIS crew run into a problem that many vehicle owners will be familiar with. Their vehicle gets clamped. This happens when it's outside a bank. And since the Doctor doesn't carry money, the only thing to do in order to pay the charge for the clamp to be released is to go into the bank and try and get a loan.

This being an intergalactic bank, there are science fictional elements to all of this. The story does fit in very well with the style of the tv show at the time though, and any references to clamping don't feel out of place with that.

Typical second Doctor character stuff follows as Jamie marvels at technology and the Doctor gets frustrated with officialdom.

Then they themselves in the middle of a robbery as members of an alien race called the Selachians attack. They want to get into the vault. They take hostages. Can the Doctor save the day for all concerned?
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