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The witchcraft hunters,
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.