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4.0 out of 5 stars secret army, 23 Mar. 2009
Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Resistance (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
ninth in the latest series of companion chronicles, a series of talking books featuring an actor who played a companion to doctor who on tv returning to the role for an all new story.

as with the rest of the range this runs for roughly sixty minutes and is spread across one disc in two episodes. there's a trailer for the next in the range at the beginning of the disc and a ten minute long interview with cast and crew at the end.

this time it's the turn of anneke wills, who played polly opposite william hartnell and patrick troughton's doctor in the 1960's. another common feature of this range is that there will be one other speaking part in the story, played by a guest actor. this also happens here.

the story features the second doctor and polly and jamie and ben landing in france in 1944. swiftly realising they're in a very dangerous time they aim to leave quickly but are separated. polly and the doctor, in addition to finding the missing ben and jamie, must travel across occupied france. making contact with a lifeline, a group of resistance fighters who help downed allied airmen get out of the country, they have a chance to survive. but can they get to safety? will they find ben and jamie? who can they trust?

and will polly, in a desire to do the right thing, change history?

like some of the 1960's doctor who stories this is a purely historical story with no science fiction elements other than the tardis and the doctor. there's a real sense of jeopardy facing the characters, and the script does manage a couple of very decent twists and turns. you can't take any of the other characters for granted.

as with a few others in this range it's also about the effect things have on the main character, in this case polly's desire to do the right thing and make a difference. and that becomes key to the plot in the end. this also leads to a very nice scene between her and the doctor towards the end of part two.

anneke wills has a very nice voice and is a pleasure to listen to.

as a whole though this story is very good rather than great. It does what it sets out to do very well but it's lacking that certain something which makes it a classic. still, it's a good story all in all and a solid entry in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Audio Adventure That comes Up Trumps, 23 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Resistance (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Big Finish have been producing some excellent 'Doctor Who' audio adventures for some years now. Recently they created a clever new series in these Companion Chronicles. They enable Big Finish to create new adventures for Doctors unable or unwilling to appear. So we can have new Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee adventures read by the actors playing their companions.
This is particularly welcome for one of my favourite Doctors Patrick Throughton as most of his Doctor Who adventures don't survive in the archives. Resistance features Anneke Wills in her role as sixties dolly bird assistant Polly. Anneke really brings the characters of Polly, The Doctor, Jamie and Ben to life. Resistance is close in spirit to The Highlanders, an historical adventure in a wartime setting, this time the second world war.
It has an epic and exciting feel to it and made for a very pleasing listen in the car on the way to work. Hopefully Anneke Wills can be persuaded to read more new adventures for this neglected era of the Second Doctor.
One of the best in the series so far. I can also recommend The Great Space Elevator read by Debbie Watling and the two autobiographies by Anneke Wills, Naked and Self Portrait if you enjoy this release. I can certainly recommend it and them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, Powerful & Emotional Companion Chronicles Adventure!, 5 Nov. 2014
Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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Resistance (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles).
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Polly, Ben, Jamie
Main enemy: The Milice
Main setting: Vichy France, February 1944
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Steve Lyons
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Music: Jamie Robertson
Sound: David Darlington
Release number: 3.9
2-Episodes -1xCD
Running Time 60 Minutes

Coming Soon Trailer
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Polly Wright - Anneke Wills
The Pilot - John Sackville

1)Polly tells the Doctor that she would rather fight the Daleks & the Cybermen than confront the evils on her own planet in particular, the Nazis & their allies.
2)Unlike many stories in the Companion Chronicles range, there is no "framing element" in which an older Polly has some sort of narrative in the present with another character. Instead, the story begins & ends firmly in 1944, with Polly never appearing as some sort of older version of herself.
3)This story introduces Polly's uncle, Randolph Wright & gives more details about Polly's family than any other story.
4)Chronologically, this is the earliest audio drama to feature the Second Doctor.
5)Polly was not given a surname in televised Doctor Who. This story's liberal use of the "Wright" surname is a confirmation of Gary Russell's usage of it in the novel, Invasion of the Cat-People.
6)The Doctor refers to the events surrounding his recent regeneration & acknowledges Polly's faithfulness during that period, saying, "Without your help, I wouldn't be the man I am." (TV: The Power of the Daleks).
7)The Eighth Doctor would later visit Vichy France in the company of Lucie Miller. (AUDIO: The Scapegoat).
8)Polly mentions the Cybermen, whom she encountered in the Snowcap in Antarctica in December 1986, shortly before the Doctor's regeneration. (TV: The Tenth Planet).

What's Up Doc?
February, 1944: France is occupied by the Third Reich, the French Gestapo has an iron grip & the native resistance attempts to overthrow the invaders. On one quiet winter's night, a British plane crashes to the ground, leaving a flying officer desperate to escape via the evasion lines.

Separated from the Tardis, Ben & Jamie, the Doctor & Polly find themselves with enemies on all sides. Trapped in one of the darkest times in history, Polly discovers that humanity can be just as dangerous as any threat from outer space. She resolves to make a difference - even if it means leaving the Doctor forever...

Timelord Thoughts.
'Resistance' is a World War II historical Second Doctor adventure & a very good story at that that proves you don't need alien invaders, Daleks or Cybermen when you can encounter the horrific horror of war & it's brutality on your onwn planet.

Writer Steve Lyons conjures up a powerfully written tale here & in doing so creates an emotional drama & deceit that's set entirely within war-torn France & focuses on the relationships between the Milice, the French Gestapo & the other variety of threats that face the Doctor & his companions Jamie, Ben & Polly.

The story focuses mainly on Polly Wright's character & goes to great lengths to take Ben & Jamie out of events as soon as possible as the play delves into great detail of Pollys past & introduces her family especially her uncle, Randolph Wright, whom died in a Nazi P.O.W camp, this part of the story slightly mirrors Tv storys stories like 'The Aztecs' & 'Fathers Day' as Lyons creates plenty of great twists which builds up to a dramatic & satisfying conclusion.

Anneke Wills gives an astounding & wonderful performance as Polly who even gave input to Big Finish on were she wanted to take Polly & is not only a great narrator but injects depth, drama & emotion to Pollys character & the need to save her Uncle who died, writer Lyons adds a intriguing backstory to Pollys past & doesn't dumb down on the harsh subject matter of the brutality of war as director Lisa Bowerman has a knack for tightly pacing her storys & directs this adventure with a darker bleaker tone making for some strong character drama.

'Resistance' is a unique Second Doctor audio adventure that delivers heartfelt emotion especially the standout scene were the Doctor actually thanks Polly for being there when he most needed her & made him the man he is today brought a tear to my eye as this Companion Chronicle showcase what the horrors of war do to those who have lost somebody they love & the lengths those loved ones would go to save them if they could to change history, powerful stuff!

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