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This review is from: Catch-1782 (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who: Catch-1782.
Doctor: Sixth Doctor.
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.
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.
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."
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?
Visiting your relatives can sometimes be trying as Mel discovers that finding out the answers to a mystery within it may entail becoming part of history itself.
Writer Alison Lawson's story is based on the Sixth Doctor's companion Mel being thrown back into her own family history & unwittingly becomes part of it in a timey wimey type Doctor Who adventure.
This is a plot device used several times in Doctor Who yet writer Lawson has written such great characters in Professor Munror, Henry Hallam & housekeeper Mrs McGregor, as every character is credibly portrayed & entirely believable in another decent paced historical audio adventure.
Colin Baker is a far better Doctor on audio than he was on tv as he's given better written material to work with here as the more compassionate Sixth Doctor dashes back in time to save Mel & make sure that history isn't changed in the process.
Bonnie Langford as Mel was another unpopular tv companion who shines superbly on audio & is given a great script here to get her teeth into delivering a excellent heartfelt performance throughout.
Sadly what this story lacks is a villain as there isn't the usual scheming megalomaniac or Alien menace to contend with here which makes the story seem a little bland & safe if the Doctor had to have dealt with a bigger threat this would've created far more tension & drama to the plot than this audio play allows.
Overall Catch-1782 is a decent character drama that lacks bite, What is there is good solid material & the performances are excellent throughout but it just needed that extra threat & menace weaved into the plot to make it a tighter more tension filled Doctor Who adventure.
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Initial post: 9 Jul 2014 09:12:17 BDT
A. N. Other says:
Agree with your review. This was well written, the dialogue was good. It was just missing a 'real threat' factor in the form of of a foe or a monster. I'd probably have given it a 7, so we are probably thinking in similar terms. Enjoyed the review.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2014 10:06:54 BDT
Cheers mate, I think if ths,had added a extra,menace it could've been a classic series.
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