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Resistance
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Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Polly, Ben, Jamie
Main enemy: The Milice
Main setting: Vichy France, February 1944
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Steve Lyons
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Music: Jamie Robertson
Sound: David Darlington
Read by: Anneke Wills
Cover by: Simon Holub
Release details
Release number: 3.9
Release date: March 2009
Format: 1 CD
Production code: BFPDWCC17
ISBN 978-1-84435-378-1
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Resistance was a 2009 Big Finish audio play in the Companion Chronicles range. Though it was not the first Big Finish release to feature the vocal talents of Anneke Wills, it was the first time that she had played the character of Polly Wright since the television story The Faceless Ones in 1967. It was further notable for being a so-called "pure historical" — a story that occurred in Earth's past and involved no alien but the Doctor.

Because of its setting in 1944, one year after Polly's birth, it explored details about Polly's personal past. Amongst other things, it was the first piece of performed Doctor Who in which Polly's last name was definitively confirmed to be "Wright".

Publisher's summary Edit

February, 1944: France is occupied by the Third Reich, the French Gestapo has an iron grip and the native resistance attempts to overthrow the invaders. On one quiet winter's night, a British plane crashes to the ground, leaving a flying officer desperate to escape via the evasion lines.

Separated from the TARDIS, Ben and Jamie, the Doctor and Polly find themselves with enemies on all sides. Trapped in one of the darkest times in history, Polly discovers that humanity can be just as dangerous as any threat from outer space. She resolves to make a difference — even if it means leaving the Doctor forever...

Plot Edit

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References Edit

  • Polly tells the Doctor that she would rather fight the Daleks and the Cybermen than confront the evils on her own planet — in particular, the Nazis and their allies.
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Notes Edit

  • The script allows Anneke Wills and John Sackville to share narration duties, though Wills exclusively narrates any scenes involving the TARDIS crew. There is no particularly strong narrative reason for this, but it does help the listener distinguish between two types of scene. Ones where Polly was present are narrated by Wills, while Sackville handles narration duties for scenes where Polly was not ostensibly within earshot.
  • Unlike many stories in the Companion Chronicles range, there is no "framing element" in which an older Polly has some sort of narrative in the present with another character. Instead, the story begins and ends firmly in 1944, with Polly never appearing as some sort of older version of herself, though some lines indicate that her narration takes place some time later.
  • Polly was not given a surname in televised Doctor Who. "Wright" being Polly's surname was introduced by Gary Russell in the novel Invasion of the Cat-People.
  • This story introduces Polly's uncle, Randolph Wright, and gives more details about Polly's family than any other story.
  • Chronologically, this is the earliest audio drama to feature the Second Doctor.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 2 May 2008.

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