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Let The Game's Begin,
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This review is from: The Game (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
William Russell as Lord Carlisle a wonderful performance as wonderful performance by a Doctor Who legend.
Darin Henry writes a very intriguing script that has echoes from the 1975 Rollerball movie.
Peter Davison & Sarah Sutton have perfect chemistry of Doctor/Companion.
This is 6 parter at 15-19 minutes why not do the adventure as a four parter of 25 minutes episodes or a proper 6 parter of 6 25 minute episodes?
The ending of the villian isn't properly concluded was he meant to return?
William Russell is better known to Doctor Who fans as First Doctor Companion Ian Chesterton.
Christopher Ellison is better known in the Bill as DCI Frank Burnside & was Boyard in gameshow Fort Boyard featuring Tom Baker as the Captain.
The Doctor & Nyssa arrive in the Tardis on the planet Cray were one of the Doctor's heroes & friend Lord Carlisle is there to put the finishing touches to a peace treaty to end a civil war.
But what the Doctor finds is that Lord Carlisle has no recollection of the Doctor & the planet's civil war is infact a Game called Naxy.
Naxy is a brutal game of combat were players the Gora & lineen play to the death in a arena, This is the alternative to a civil war on the planet Cray.
What scheme is Morian up too? & is Lord Carlisle all he appears to be or is there somebody else manipulating event's & can the Doctor intervene & bring about a end to this brutal bloodsport & together with Lord Carlisle find a peaceful solution to the planet Cray?
But can the Timelord can survive long enough to find that peaceful solution as the Doctor has been chosen to play the Game within the blood soaked Arena.
This is a exellent story by Darin Henry bringing the brutality of sport that wipes out thousands on the planet Cray.
The Game Naxy is the alternative to all out civil war & it's quite chilling to hear a crowd cheering for blood instead of seeing the horror of war on national tv.
Peter Davison is splendid here & suits his more pacifist Doctor, To see The Doctor in awe of Lord Carlisle & to then see his image of the great man shattered is genuinely moving.
William Russell as Lord Carlisle is superb of bringing a character that appears to be a peace negotiator but is infact a Liar & a coward.
Another great performance by Sarah Sutton as Nyssa who gets some great scenes in the audio play.
My quibble is the character of Morian as he lives to fight another day as i felt his character evaded justice.
I'm hoping his escape was done as a proposed new recurring villian that as yet is to return to the Doctor's Audio adventures.
Also the structure of having 6 parts at 15-19 minutes in length instead of the usual 4 part main range structure is baffling?
Quibbles aside this is another exellent adventure for the Fifth Doctor & a great edition to the Big Finish Doctor Who range.
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Tim Bradley says:
Like this story very much! Peter and Sarah are my favourite Doctor/companion team up and even at six episodes they still kept me captivated and enthralled. William Russell's great in this too. Good review by the way.
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