The Selachian Gambit (#6.08)

Big Finish, Companion Chronicles

This is a “classic” 2nd Doctor audio – big monsters, a double-threat, a lot of shenanigans and running around, then the final solution is partially actions and partially out-thinking the ultimate bad guy (the bank!). Somehow the TARDIS is hauled in as “scrap” with a parking boot on it, which requires 10 credits to get it free. So hijinks begin in the bank when the Selachians show up to rob the place and security forces show up 5 minutes later to keep them from succeeding in the robbery.

Ben, Polly, and Jamie each have their own part to place in the story, too. This is a very well written adventure that I could picture happening in black and white, too. And the interviews at the end are great to listen to as well. Frazer Hines is just enjoying himself immensely doing these stories and I hope he continues doing them for as long as possible. Jamie is one of my favorite companions, along with Turlough and Evelyn. I hope the Doctor has more male companions in the future as he seems to be getting more and more women on board the TARDIS in his “later years,” as it were. Another very good romp from Big Finish with the 2nd Doctor team!

Frazer Hines and Anneke Wills

Writer: Steve Lyons

Director: Lisa Bowerman

Release: February 2012

Laura Vilensky 2019