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5.0 out of 5 stars The British missile crisis, 16 Jan 2014
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Assassination Games (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
A new Doctor Who audio story. This one features Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor and Sophie Aldred as his companion Ace.

It runs for four parts, and is spread across two cds. Each part runs for twenty nine minutes [approx].

It's the third in a trilogy of stories all set in 1963. But beyond the year of the setting it doesn't tie in with the first two releases in the trilogy in any way, and casual listeners should be able to get into this one easily without having heard anything else.

Various continuity references to tv stories will doubtless be familiar to any listener.

The story features Group Captain Gilmore, plus scientists Alison and Rachel. All seen in the tv story 'Remembrance of the Daleks.' This group of characters have gone on to feature in their own spin off series Counter-Measures: Series One. This story takes place prior to the first Counter-measures audio. For those characters. For the Doctor and Ace, it is in between tv stories 'The Greatest Show in the Galaxy' and 'Battlefield.'

The days when she still trusted him implicitly.

This story sees Gilmore trying to get funding to set up his counter-measures group. And to persuade the ladies to join it. At the same time, a new British missile called Starfire is about to be tested. When murder and secrets land Gilmore in the middle of a conspiracy, he crosses paths with the Doctor and Ace once again. As they unearth a dangerous plot to change the world...

Gilmore is a character who grabs right from the off. A man almost out of his depth but able to be astute and to adapt he's a strong creation and very well played. This has some excellent period detail. Lots of fun moments with anachronistic references and using time travel to the full effect.

And it all feels so very British with it.

Hugh Ross turns in a compelling performance as Gilmore's superior. A man perhaps not totally trustworthy but well adept at playing the game of politics.

The first episode does feel a couple of minutes too long, as it leads up to a clever cliffhanger.

But then what is a four star release for parts one and two really clicks in part three with some superb revelations and clever plotting. The clues are all there. But you probably won't see much of it coming.

All this results in an exciting finale.

A cracking good listen and an excellent end to this trilogy, it's well worth five stars.

Be sure to listen to the extra scene after the credits of part four.

There's fifteen minutes worth of music from the story on the last track of disc one.

A trailer for the next release in this range on the track after the end of part four.

And fifteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the track after that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent Seventh Doctor, Ace & Counter Measues Adventure, 1 Dec 2013
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Assassination Games (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Positive.
1)A magnificent script by the Exellent John Dorney who time after time delivers one good story after another for Big Finish Productions.
2)A great cast featuring the return of the Counter Measures team who appeared in The Seventh Doctor, Ace TV story Remembrance Of The Daleks.
3)Concludes this 1963 Trilogy on a high.

Negative.
Nothing worth mentioning.

Audio Info.
2xCDs of a 4 part adventure, Running time 120 minutes, Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

Review.
This story is tailor made for the Seventh Doctor & Ace as it's plot involves one of mysterys.

The Doctor & Ace arrive in London in December 1963, Out from the Tardis they become involved with a threat to the nation as Politicians are being assassinated by fanatics due to there political scandals of the times & Britain is trying to mantain & uphold it's international role in these recent disturbing events.

Group Captain Ian Gilmore is trying to get his Counter Measures team up & running when he is attacked by an assailant.

He is saved by a man holdinging a Umbrella, Wearing a ? Pullover & hat, It is the Seventh Doctor with companion Ace.

The Doctor is all to familiar of what's going on as plan's are being set in motion, Sinister plans that the Doctor is only to well aware of, As the Counter Measures team go undercover to discover the mystery of these political assassinations the Doctor tells Ace a new dawn is coming & it's time for everybody to see the light.

This is a exellent faced paced adventure written by the ever reliable John Dorney who always writes cracking engaging storys for the listener & once again he delivers the goods with this story here.

All the cast are on fine form as Sylvester McCoy & Simon William's in there roles of the Doctor & Group Captain Gilmore deliver great performances in the scenes they are in together which add intrigue to the mysterious event's of assassinations of late as the Doctor & Captain Gilmore share a underlining respect for each other that is similar to the Third Doctor & Brigader Lethbridge Stewart had in latter seasons Tv.

The inclusion of Counter Measures adds intrigue to the plot & it will be interestingly to see were Big Finish take this spin off series in the future.

This story concludes the 1963 story which goes out on a high with this release & I'd recommend this 1963 trilogy as each story in the range is unique to that particular Doctor's characteristics.

A exellent audio adventure from a great writer John Dorney & superbly performed by the cast which makes this a highly recommended purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not too shabby, 9 April 2014
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This review is from: The Assassination Games (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Quite an enjoyable tale.
Definitely a good addition to the 50th anniversary range!
Nice that they they brought back the team from 'Remembrance Of The Daleks!
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