MagazineBook reviews

Just in | Library of book reviews 

Share

Doctor Who Companion Chronicles: Resistance by Steve Lyons

01/05/2009. Contributed by Sue Davies

Buy Doctor Who Companion Chronicles in the USA - or Buy Doctor Who Companion Chronicles in the UK

author pic

pub: Big Finish. 60 minute CD. Price: CD: 8.99 (UK), download: 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84435-378-1). Cast: Anneke Wills and John Sackville.

check out web site www.BigFinish.com

Polly is travelling with the Doctor. It's crowded in the TARDIS with Jamie and Ben still along for the ride. They have landed in occupied World War II France. Their nave behaviour results in the group being split up. The Doctor and Polly look to find aid and succour in a paranoid and fearful place. They are lucky, falling into the hands of the French Resistance or Maquis.

Polly's memories of her early life are stirred. Her father had a brother who died in a German prison camp. She has reason enough to hate the Germans but what has happened will happen and it cannot be changed, can it?



Another man needs to escape from occupied France. A British pilot has crashed behind enemy lines and also seeks out the Maquis. When he tells Polly his name, she is shocked to realise that this is her uncle. Perhaps she can save him. However, she also owes her loyalty to the Doctor and to Jamie and Ben. She must do what she can but these are dangerous times.

It's the Doctor but not as I know it. It's an historical adventure, the characters of Polly and the Doctor fit into the shoes of bewildered lost adventurers and could be anyone. It is still enjoyable and apparently in the old days of 'Doctor Who' these sorts of episodes fulfilled the BBC remit to educate and entertain.

I was bemused though waiting for something slimy to come round the corner and for the whole adventure to kick off. Anneke Wills does well to create the mood of the original characters but it's long ago and far away. The story is good drama but it's not 'Doctor Who' for me. I like war stories, though, and despite my reservations it comes across as a credible tale. In this, it's the evil that men do that make the story.

Sue Davies

Magazine > Book reviews

Just in | Library of book reviews

Add SFcrowsnest.com daily news updates to your own web site or blog - just cut and paste the code below...

Share

This book has 34 votes in the SFcrowsnest.com sci-fi charts

The all-new SFcrowsnest is now running at www.SFcrowsnest.org.uk. This is now the archive for pre-2012 content. Nothing new is being posted here.

Magazine Articles

- Features

- Movie/TV Reviews

- Book Reviews

- News

- E-mail magazine

- Encyclopedia

- Other formats: Kindle, Nook, Sony Ebook, iPhone & iPod

Charts

- Top books

- Top movies/tv series

Offworld

- SciFi @ FaceBook

- Steampunk @ FaceBook

- Us @ Google+

Search

- Search site

Reader Tools

- RSS news feed

- Facebook page for SFcrowsnest

- Twitter page for SFcrowsnest

- Google toolbar for SFcrowsnest

Webmaster Tools

- Add our content feeds to your site