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5.0 out of 5 stars The Witch in The Well: “Prometheus unfettered? You might want to work on that a little...”
This is the hundred and fifty fourth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight and Julie Cox as Mary Shelly. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Which Witch is Which?
This audio drama begins in thrilling style, however it quickly begins to confuse, and is ultimately a definite triumph of style over substance. The burgeoning chemistry between Eighth Doctor Paul McGann and travelling companion Mary Shelley really lifts the whole affair though, and I for one am looking forward to seeing where it goes in future stories, with this most...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Witch in The Well: “Prometheus unfettered? You might want to work on that a little...”, 26 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Witch from the Well (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and fifty fourth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight and Julie Cox as Mary Shelly. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc and a few minutes of the soundtrack at the end of disc 1.

Returning to a theme explored in McCoy’s TV years, the struggle of science against magic, this enjoyable romp has just about everything a perfect Who should have. There is a historical element, a science fiction element, moral questions, a great and memorable lead villain (Simon Rouse as the Witchpricker has a lot of fun chewing up the metaphorical scenery), some timey-wimey shenanigans and a sense of fun on the part of Paul McGann.

Played out across two time eras, we find the Doctor trapped in 17th century England under the rule of Cromwell, struggling to understand just what is going on while at the same time trying to protect himself and other innocents from charges of witchcraft. In this he comes up against The Witchpricker, a wonderfully manic and devious character portrayed by Simon Rouse in a welcome return for him to the Whoniverse. Simultaneously Mary Shelly is trapped in the same place but in the present day era, trying to deal with the consequences of what is happening in the Doctor’s era.

Splitting Doctor and companion and having two interwoven narratives works very well, and in all the end result is an energetic, fun and thoughtful audio drama that is worth at least 4 stars, but I am giving it 5 because of Rouse’s deliciously unhinged performance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Gothic Horror Eighth Doctor Audio Adventure, 30 Jan 2014
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This review is from: The Witch from the Well (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
CD Info.
2xCD of a 4 episode adventure, Running time 120 minutes, Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Simon Rouse was also in Doctor Who on tv in the Fifth Doctor adventure Kinda as the unhinged Hindle but is best known for playing Jack Meadows in the long running police drama The Bill.
2)The Doctor has a biography of Mary Shelly in the Tardis library.
3)The Doctor hints at changing his Edwardian coat for a jacket made of harder durable material (Which he does do in Dark Eye's).

Review.

The Eighth Doctor & Companion Mary Shelley race to the rescue as they hear the screaming cries that are coming from a hidden Well on the grounds of a old house.

The duo help to rescue twins Finicia & Lucern from a monster whom lurks inside the bottom of the Well.

Taking the twins back to the Tardis the Doctor & Mary decide to investigate the mystery of the horror that lurks inside the Well in the ground of that old house which is named Tranchards Folly but there journey goes awry when the Tardis land's in the middle of the 17th Century Witch scares.

As the Tardis group split up the twins seek out the artefact Hecatrix Dimension while Mary confronts secrets of her past & possible future.

As for the Doctor he decides to investigate the mysterious strange lights at Vetter's Tor but just what is the connection to the Well at Tranchards Folly that is steeped in legend & can the Doctor evade Kincaid who is an extremely dangerous Witch Pricker who stalks the Timelord & evade capture long enough to allow the Doctor to finally solve the mystery of the Witch from the Well?

Timelord Thoughts.

This adventure is in tone of the Phillip Hinchcliffe era of Doctor Who pure Robert Holmes type Gothic Horror which suits the tone of this story to perfection.

Paul McGann & Julie Cox deliver very convincing performances as the Doctor & Mary Shelley & the is a genuine warmth & affection here between the time traveling duo even though they are separated for the most part of this audio adventure.

Simon Rouse gives a very chilling performance as Kincaid The Witch Pricker & is a cunning foil adding menace to the story.

This story written by Rick Briggs is tense & engaging especially in it's opening episode that set's up event's to come, Although the second & third episodes do get a little complicated at times this story does features some decent twists & turns along the way & the final episode at least gives a decent conclusion to the whole story.

This is one of the Eighth Doctors scarier adventures & delivers quite a chilling adventure which is yet another excellent release by Big Finish Productions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The witchcraft hunters, 30 Dec 2011
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This review is from: The Witch from the Well (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who audio play from Big Finish, this features Paul McGann as the Doctor and is the second in a trilogy of them which has him travelling with Frankenstein writer Mary Shelley. In a story set prior to all the earlier eighth doctor audios.

This has no real tie in to any previous stories, save for one throwaway line of dialogue which has no bearing on the plot of this one, and it's pretty much self contained in it's own right. So casual listeners should be able to get into it without any problem.

It runs for four episodes spread over two cds. And they run for twenty five to thirty minutes each [approx].

The story sees the TARDIS happen to be at a manor house and garden in the present day, when something comes out of a well and attacks people. Two of them, a pair of twins, are only saved from the creature by Mary's intervention. The well is steeped in legend and when the twins and the Doctor and Mary head back in time a few centuries to investigate it, things go wrong. Leaving the time travelling companions separated. People's secret agendas revealed. Mary at the risk of giving into temptation and doing something no companion ever should.

And the Doctor at the risk of falling foul of Master John Kincaid. A witch hunter. Will the Doctor and Mary be reunited? And what is the truth about the witch from the well?

The first episode moves at an astonshing pace, setting a great many things up very quickly and getting the action going very fast. You may have suspicions about a few things right from the off, though. And you may turn out to be right. Simon Rouse, best known to Doctor Who fans for playing the deranged Hindle in the tv story Kinda plays the witch finder here, and turns in a very good performance as a very dangerous man.

All the supporting characters do have a great deal of depth to them, especially one whom Mary strikes up a close relationship with.

And there are some very good twists and turns to the plot.

It does get a bit complicated in episodes two and three, though, with things happening in different times and actions of certain characters resonating across the years. So these episodes do demand your full attention and aren't quite the easiest of going at points.

Part four does provide a good finale to everything - although the lack of visuals do mean a couple of moments don't quite have the impact they might if this was on tv - and the plot does keep surprising you right down to the end.

It is a bit of a shame as well that the Doctor and Mary spend most of the story apart. But she's a great character, well written and acted, in all the scenes she's in, so she commands your attention anyhow.

So not quite a perfect release, but definitely above average.

There's nine minutes [approx] of music from the story on the two tracks at the end of disc one.

A trailer for the next eighth doctor/mary story on disc two right after the end of part four.

And fifteen minutes or so of interviews with cast and crew on the last three tracks of that disc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One rewrite away from 5 stars, 28 Dec 2011
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An interesting tale, well performed, with good ideas but somehow lacking in sufficient editing. Thinking I had not properly followed it, I listened to this twice, although frankly I should not have had to do so, and only really realised that I had heard it properly the first time. I feel that it is overly-complicated (more akin to a novel) and lacking in clarity. The strength of the writing lies in dealing with prejudice and persecution but the weaknesses are in the other alien and out of time characters and relating them across two different times. I think one aspect of the story should have been dropped and perhaps a clue comes from the misuse (by the standards of the previous story The Silver Turk (Doctor Who)) of the Mary Shelley character; she should have stayed with the Doctor developing their awesome dynamic, and by having done that we would not have had the unconvincing scene of Shelley piloting the TARDIS.

There are plenty of good scenes for it to garner four stars, which strictly interpreted by Amazon's rating scale means "I like it". Whilst essentially a good tale, it is not always a rewarding listen because you feel you have not kept up. Therefore this is not a tale for the occasional listener or newcomer but the more exhaustive collector of McGann stories or the Doctor Who range in general.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Time but not Space, 2 Dec 2011
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An audio adventure of the 8th Doctor with Mary Shelly (author of Frankenstein) as a companion.

The adventure sees the Doctor and Mary tied up with the Witch hunts in 17th century England. As usual whenever the doctor travels back in time aliens have crash landed there.

The story has a good mixture of adventure and character, along with a couple of twists, the main one seemed a little obvious from the start.

However the doctor and his companion carry this well, and whilst not as good as the previous adventure the Silver turk, this does everything a good Doctor who adventure should do.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Which Witch is Which?, 3 Aug 2012
This review is from: The Witch from the Well (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This audio drama begins in thrilling style, however it quickly begins to confuse, and is ultimately a definite triumph of style over substance. The burgeoning chemistry between Eighth Doctor Paul McGann and travelling companion Mary Shelley really lifts the whole affair though, and I for one am looking forward to seeing where it goes in future stories, with this most alien of incarnations (sorry Tom!) beginning to get to grips with his human side...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A decent story hidden in some complicated sequencing, 2 Dec 2011
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The second Eighth Doctor / Mary Shelley tale is as usual for Big Finish well made though to me suffers from being too complicated in the way it shuffles around the timeline to make the plot work. As is the way with almost all Big Finish audios this has another great cast with many great performances.

Julie Cox is again wonderful as Mary Shelley (or Goodwin as we should really call her) and I hope there will be future trilogies.

For me The Silver Turk was five stars and set the standard. Maybe on a re-listen this could scrape four stars if I ignore some of the plot weaknesses
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