It's an excellent story so far, with great pacing and nice bits for all the characters. Having Anneke and Frazier do the story together works very, very well.
But I was a but surprised and amused by the pronunciation of "Selachian". The word obviously comes from scientific Latin Selachii, the taxonomic name for the group to which sharks belong, and a name which in turn comes from Greek σελάχιον (selakhion; fish, shark). Based on the etymology, I was expecting "seh-LAH-kee-un", as I've always thought when reading the books. Instead, the cast pronounced the word as "seh-LAY-shun", which sounds like salacious: a pronunciation that doubtless amused Frazier.
"Keeping an open mind is a virtue—but, as the space engineer James Oberg once said, not so open that your brains fall out."--Carl Sagan
I know I mentioned this before but this was my very first Big Finish. I even remember where I was when I listened to it. I was walking to my my friends new apartment for a house warming. Ironically they are no longer in that apartment but I am still here with Big Finish.
So yeah it wasn't the 8th Doctor or the Main Range that got me into Big Finish but the fact that I was looking for more 2nd Doctor stories that did me in.
As for this story obviously I think it's incredibly fun. I like that Jamie, Polly, and Ben all get great scenes. Steve Lyons definitely understood this Tardis Team. I like the sense of wonder Jamie had when he saw the bank. That's so perfect early Jamie. I love that Polly goes to make tea but really is coming up with a plan. And I love the little fake fight that Ben & Jamie had to trick the Selachian.
The one thing is when I first listened to this I thought both Anneke and Frazer did a great job bringing back Ben but this time I was a little distracted that Elliot Chapman wasn't there. I think Elliot has so perfectly captured the spirit of Michael's Ben that not having him In this story felt a bit odd.
Also have to give credit to Frazer for doing so many voices in this story and he really distinguished them all in my opinion.
I couldn't remember much of the story from my first listen. It's a very enjoyable story. Frazer is terrific. He gives each character their own voice and personality. There's a lot of action and good use of Ben, which I don't think is always the case. I was happy to have the excuse of the Group Listen to hear this one again.
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