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4.0 out of 5 stars Time for a gamble, 17 Mar. 2013
This review is from: House of Cards (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who companion chronicle. These are a range of talking books that see an actor who played a companion to the Doctor on TV return to the role to read an all new story for their character.

They do all the narration and all the voices save one which is done by a guest actor.

They usually are complete stories in two episodes that run for just under thirty minutes each with both on a single cd.

This is another that sees Anneke Wills return to the role of Polly, whom she played alongside both William Hartnell and then Patrick Troughton back in the 1960's. The story features the Second Doctor, Polly, Ben and Jamie. Frazer Hines is the guest actor here, returning to the role of Jamie.

The story sees the Doctor and friends at a casino on an alien world. A place that offers all sorts of games of chance. And danger as well. From vicious robot guard dogs to the Sidewinder syndicate, aliens who dress and act like 1920's gangsters but who have heads like snakes.

The casino also doesn't take very kindly to time travellers. Not least because of the opportunities for cheating that the technology offers gamblers. When the TARDIS crew fall into danger, can they find a way to escape with their lives?

This one does take a little while to get going, but you do slowly get used to the setting and the style of the story. Anneke Wills does some decent narration and an excellent range of voices for other character. Frazer Hines slips back into the Jamie role as effortlessly as he always does. And the aliens of the piece are quite decent creations. They originally appeared in a comic strip story in the magazine Doctor Who Adventures, where they fought the Tenth Doctor. Which for them came before this story. But you get the picture.

The first episode does click come the very good cliffhanger, and then in part two the story does use the idea of time travel to very good effect.

The Doctor is rather sidelined from the action for a while, but he does come into it in the final third. The way things are resolved is very nicely done. But what makes this one especially memorable are two great character scenes at the end. The second of these with live with you for a while.

This is not the greatest release in this range, but it's a good solid story that ably recatures the feel of it's era and it's well worth a listen.

There's a trailer for the next companion chronicle on the track after the end of part two.

And just over seven minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the track after that.
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