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The Doomwood Curse: The many faces of Charlotte Pollard,
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This is the hundred and eleventh release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six, India Fisher as Charlie and Nicky Henson as Dick Turpin. 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, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.
The story starts with a slightly comic scene in which the Doctor and Charlie need to return an overdue library book, encountering some aliens on a fact finding mission in the process. However, following the destruction of the book they are plunged into an adventure to try and get a copy, however the TARDIS takes them somewhere that bears an uncanny resemblance to the contents of the book, and where fiction seems to be becoming fact.
This is another great story from Big Finish, one that is perfectly suited to the characters of Six and Charlie. The underlying tension surrounding Charlie's arrival in the TARDIS and the secrets that she is keeping from Six provide an interesting dynamic to their relationship. The tale however gives free reign to Colin Baker to be imperious, suspicious, heroic, compassionate and funny. Dovetailed into this is India Fisher's Charlotte Pollard, who is brave, loyal and resourceful, but has her own agenda. Fisher is called upon to play several different takes on her character n this production, and does so with aplomb.
The production goes from the fun to the serious - the character of Dick Turpin veers from the romanticised hero through to the brutal thug that history suggests was closer to the truth. Nicky Henson plays all sides to his character with ease, in turns frightening and brutish through to charming and roguish. As historical go it is ne of the more imaginative ways of going about things.
Yet again another great release from Big Finish, and one that shows just what an inspired decision it was to pair Six and Charlie. 5 stars.