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The Witch in The Well: “Prometheus unfettered? You might want to work on that a little...”,
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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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Initial post: 11 Apr 2014 08:49:39 BDT
Great review of a great Paul McGann Eighth Doctor story.
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