The Girl Who Never Was (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Dec 2007
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This is a really good story, for a number of reasons. Firstly, it follows through well to a resolution of sorts with Charley and in her relationship with the Eighth Doctor. Secondly, the split times in which the story unfolds makes for a very interesting and rather complex narrative as the story progresses. For spoilers, I would not say more, but suffice it to say that the revelations which pop out as the story goes on are rather surprising, and very intriguing.
Another reason the story is so good is the cast. Paul McGann does a fantstic job, as always as the Eighth Doctor, and India Fisher is great as Charley, albeit that Charley does behave rather badly through the story. Danny Webb as Byron puts on a good show as a ‘fair dinkum Aussie’, and Anna Massey is, of course, utterly brilliant in her role. Other parts are admirably filled by quite a large cast, and there are surprises aplenty in the story, both in personal matters and in world/universe-shaking matters. The story ends successfully as a stand-alone story, but also offers a tantalising glimpse into the evolution of some of the characters, which is picked up in The Condemned (#105 in the BF Main Range).
Following the events of `Absolution', Charlie asks the Doctor to take her home so that she can end her travels with him. He reluctantly agrees, and they head towards Singapore in 1932, where Charlie was headed when the Doctor rescued her from the R101. Of course, things don't go to plan, and suddenly the two are thrown into an adventure across time as they investigate a mysterious ship that keeps appearing and disappearing, and an old lady in the twentieth century who claims to be called Charlotte Pollard...
It's an excellent tale for the pair, and fine high note for their partnership to end on. There is plenty for each to do, as they are separated some 60 years apart. India Fisher in particular really shines as Charlie. Paul McGann is superb as Eight, especially in his scenes with the older Charlotte. Towards the end of the story they rediscover some of the old fun that marked their partnership, and even though you know they will part company before the end of the play, the story keeps playing around with you and altering your expectations. The final end, when it comes is numbing, and a beautiful set up for the new direction that Charlie is to take within the main range of Dr Who releases. Those of you with sharp ears will detect a clue as to her new direction in the final theme music.Read more ›
It is entirely appropriate that we end as we began - with Alan Barnes. He created Charley in the audio adventure 'Storm Warning' and shifted their relationship forward in 'Neverland'.
The script for 'The Girl Who Never Was' is much more complex than that of 'Storm Warning', spreading its narrative over multiple time zones. Complicated narrative structures can sometimes be the kiss of death for an audio as the medium requires concentration and engagement at the best of times but this holds up nicely with strong lead and guest performances keeping attention and a few superb twists along the way.
It is a script that draws together on what has come before however so unless you have heard previous Eighth Doctor and Charley stories you will likely feel lost and much less engaged. Likewise if you have never liked this pairing the story will likely leave you cold as much of its appeal is linked to its audience hoping that the Doctor and Charley do not part on bad terms.
In fact the strong emotions of Charley and the Doctor superbly contrast with the cold, emotionless Cybermen who serve as the physical threat to the Doctor and Charley. They sound excellent (Cyberfans: picture The Invasion Cybermen with Tenth Planet voices) but in many ways they are not the focus of this story.Read more ›
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I was really looking forward to this story. I had high expectations, and listening to it, the story was greatly paced and interesting. Read morePublished on 2 April 2010 by DUSTY
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