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6.8 - The Selachian Gambit

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 9/10/15 7:32 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Selachian Gambit is a Steve Lyons script using his creations previously featured in The Architects of History and the novels The Murder Game and The Final Sanction. They are kind of like the Sontarans but alien sharks. Now I want to see them in the New Series as the Selachians have great voices here with Frazer Hines giving most of them. The Selachians are at this intergalactic bank to get some plans for a doomsday weapon and the Doctor, Ben, Polly and Jamie are there not because they want to be, but the TARDIS has been impounded outside. This is a great way to get the Doctor into the story and fits really well with the era. I also like how all three companions are given things to do with Polly getting probably the funniest job, to make coffee. To make coffee here is code for look for a solution by pretending to be an unimposing chef much like what happened in The Moonbase. Ben also gets to climb through the air vents while Jamie gets to be very naïve with his amazement at the setting and the Selachians. Also the twist is brilliant but falls into the trap of on a second listening being really predictable. All in all an enjoyable heist story with a very creative monster.
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Reviewed By: chrisscorkscrewReview Date: 10/1/14 11:05 am
0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

I enjoyed this light-hearted romp, but not perhaps as much as I should.

Whilst the acting from Frazer Hines and Anneke Wills is good, I found the sheer number of characters makes it feel less intimate than two handed Companion Chronicles. I also found it off-putting that all the characters other than Jamie and Polly are voiced both by Frazer and Anneke, depending who is the narrator of the scene, which means that the characters feel less believable.

Overall it is a decent story, but a little too silly in places. Some serious life threatening scenarios are pitched in an awkwardly lighthearted manner, and there is some lazy writing in places where too many stereotypical banking and wheel clamping jokes are used to excess.
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 9/7/14 4:21 am
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A fun run-around which provides just enough story for a 2-parter. The plot is nothing to write home about but the performances are fantastic and Hines' Second Doctor portrayal continues to impress and charm.
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Reviewed By: mrpiepantsReview Date: 11/23/13 1:09 am
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Steve Lyons is a great writer and has produced yet again with an alien bank robbery. Fantastic
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