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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: 13.6 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 852,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 July 2014
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Doctor Who: Catch-1782.
Doctor: Sixth Doctor.
Companion: Mel.
Main setting: Berkshire, 12 December 2003 and June 1782.
Writer: Alison Lawson.
Director: Gary Russell.
Release number: 68
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 100 minutes.

Cast.
The Doctor - Colin Baker.
Melanie Bush - Bonnie Langford.
Dr. John Hallam - Derek Benfield.
Dr. Wallace - Michael Chance.
Henry Hallam - Keith Drinkel.
Professor David Munro - Ian Fairburn.
Rachel - Rhiannon Meades.
Mrs McGregor - Jillie Meers.

Trivia.
1)The Doctor has a pill he picked up as a hangover cure from Zanthas IV which successfully counteracts the effects of laudanum.
2)The storys totle is an obvious pun on Catch-22, a book published in 1961.
3)The implication of the initial interior TARDIS scene is that Mel insisted that the Doctor change his outfit to attend the centenary celebration at the National Foundation for Scientific Research & that he testily obeyed. Thus he likely was not wearing his traditional multi-coloured outfit for this adventure, However, the audio never makes clear exactly what he changed into, though the celebration was described as a "black tie affair."

Plot Synopsis.
When the Sixth Doctor & 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...
Just what is buried in the grounds of the Foundation?

What secret has Henry Hallem kept from his descendants for three hundred years?

Can Mel escape her own past?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 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
"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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