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Catch-1782 (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Apr 2005

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844351351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844351350
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2013
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This is the sixty eighth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six and Bonnie Langford as Mel. There are 4 episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs.

Six and Mel are on a trip to visit Mel's uncle, who is a researcher in an institute based in the old family home. After a temporal accident Mel finds herself researching the family history in 1782 rather more closely than she might like. Can Six get her back, or does temporal paradox mean she has to become a part of her own history?

An interestingly structured story, with a belated bit of back story for Mel and two very good performances from Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford make this a cracking little adventure. OK, so the old avoiding a paradox has been done a few times before, but this is still quite an interesting piece. Langford in particular shines as Mel, giving the kind of performance she was never given the opportunity to give in the TV series, and shows what an interesting a great character Mel could have been. I never rated Mel in the TV series, but hearing this and the other Big Finish stories to feature her I have totally revised my opinion. Baker is also on good form as Six, full of ego, brashness, righteous indignation and compassion. He has been consistently good in the audio adventures, always striking just the right note to give a much more rounded character than he was allowed on screen, and making him a more sympathetic character.

All in all 5 stars for this interesting little tale that allows the characters to shine but still provides an adventure with lots of tension and thrills.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Wilberforce on 27 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
"When the Doctor and Mel visit the National Foundation for Scientific Research as it celebrates its centenary, Mel expects only to be able to catch up with her uncle. She doesn't expect to meet her own ancestors...
"What is buried in the grounds of the foundation?
"What secret has Henry Hallam kept from his descendants for three hundred years>
"Can Mel escape her own past?
"Visiting your relatives can sometimes be trying, but surely it should never be this difficult?"

I had been looking forward to listening to "Catch-1782", by Alison Lawson, for some time, for two principal reasons: because the Sixth Doctor stories are among the best audios that Big Finish have produced, and because of the very atmospheric cover art.
Sadly, the story didn't really live up to expectations. The plot involves Mel (Bonnie Langford) being whisked back to the 18th Century in a time travel accident and forced to live there for six months, confused and doped up on laudanum by one of her ancestors, Henry Hallam (Keith Drinkel), who has recently lost his wife and has started to fall in love with Mel, and believes he is helping her to heal. The Doctor (Colin Baker), accompanied by Mel's uncle John Hallam (Derek Benfield), sets off to rescue her and must try not to disrupt Mel's family history in doing so.
It's an interesting, character-centric concept, but "Catch-1782" is a rather poorly structured play, with the first episode serving solely to set up some rather obvious foreshadowing in the present day whilst also delivering a history lesson that is necessary for the listener to fully understand the rest of the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
A time travel experiment sends mel into the 18th century. lost and stranded there, a modern woman out of her time, how will she survive?

the sixth doctor goes to rescue her, but if the problem of the man who thinks mel is his wife and won't let her go wasn't bad enough, he's also up against the one enemy that he more trouble with than the daleks. The web of time...

An odd, gentle feel to this play, despite the fact that mel really is in a pickle, although this is well portrayed. The threat of the madman is well conveyed, but as a whole the story doesn't have excitement or urgency. This is not to say it's bad, it's just a gentle piece and it is quite involving, and well played by a decent cast.

A long way from being the best big finish story ever, but a perfectly decent release nonetheless and worth getting
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By big mad doctor who guy on 28 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
I am another person who thinks Bonnie Langford didnt really get a chance to shine as a companion in the original series, so its nice to find her getting a strong part in this delightful little story.

The fact that it is only a metal cannister to blame for the whole story is a cool twist. And there are no really bad people in this. Just a few people struggling to understand why Mel's memory has been so scrambled. So time is the enemy! She spends six months with people she doesnt even know, and off course is annoyed when the Doctor finally does reach her. And Bonnie is a great actress, and its nice not to hear her just screaming and running around for change!

This is a good totally unique story, and another very strong audio from Big Finish. Are they ever gonna do a really bad one?!
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