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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 29 September 2015
This is the 103rd release in the Main Release range by Big Finish, and features the Eighth Doctor travelling with Charley. This story takes place directly after the fate of C’rizz has been decided in the previous story (Absolution), and Charley finds it hard to forgive the Doctor for the way she feels he handled the situation. She has decided to leave him, and he agrees to take her back to her own time, though she knows she can never go to her family. But somehow, the Tardis ends up in the wrong time, and then another wrong time. Add to that the fairly wrong people that Charley has found herself mixed up with, and things are going very awry indeed. Even the Tardis has decided it may be better off elsewhere.

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).
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VINE VOICEon 11 October 2010
I have just caught up with this tale, having been a few years late in discovering Big Finish, and yes there was a lump in the throat and a tear in the eye despite my knowing what happens next (sort of until I listen to The Condemned).

Regardless of sentimentality, I was astonished by how good this was on many levels, and really provides further evidence to me that in many ways these Big Finish audios are better than the TV doctor in terms of narrative effort. And I include the ninth through eleventh Doctors in that.

In particular:

* The actors stay fresh - after a lot of stories (and I skipped Zagreus onwards) there is a lot of energy between the characters still
* The narrative is wonderful - a tightly choreographed dance between Charley in 1943 and the Doctor in 2008 (dipping in and out of 500,002) with Cybermen, someone who may be Charley when older but with amnesia and all sorts of other characters
* As ever the smallest part and most minor sound have all been thought about and all work to produce a whole

Suffice it to say that this is another gem from Big Finish. If you like me are a more recent convert to these tales, BUY THIS ONE!
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This is the hundred and third release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight, India Fisher as Charlie and guest stars Anna Massey and Danny Webb. 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.

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.

In all an excellent swan song for what, once upon a time, had been one of my favourite Dr/companion pairings, but one that had lingered too long and become stale, especially following the return from the divergent universe. But not an end for the characters, with Charlie staying in the main range and taking a bold and exciting new direction. 5 stars.

It is a shame that there are no cd extras with cast/production team interviews as are common on contemporary releases, as I think there would have been some interesting insights to be had with this landmark release.
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on 18 January 2008
Big Finish's Eighth Doctor has been through a lot in the last twelve months. He has gained a new companion on BBC7 and in the Monthly Series release before this, 'Absolution', he lost C'Rizz. This story follows on from that story and picks up the threads it left dangling. It is a story about the end of a relationship and coming to terms with that.

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. However I felt that this worked well and ensures that there is an action story there alongside the emotional journey of the Doctor and Charley.

'The Girl Who Never Was' is a very enjoyable audio adventure, mixing character drama and the return of one of the most popular 'monsters' in the Doctor Who canon. Whilst it will not suit those who have not been following the Eighth Doctor and Charley arc closely, for those who have it is a touching and emotional close to a memorable era of Doctor Who.
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Another audio adventure for the eighth doctor who, and his companion charley pollard. the story is four episodes long, each of twenty five minutes duration, spread over four discs. and each disc as usual ends with roughly fifteen minutes worth of interviews with those involved in the production.

This is the last story for charley. that is not a spoiler because those who have been following the range will be aware of this, and the blurb on the box makes it clear. It follows on directly from the end of the preceding eighth doctor story, absolution, so this is not a story to come in on if you've not been keeping up with the range.

But it's an excellent one for her to go out on. arriving on earth lands the tardis crew straight into a mystery involving a ship lost off singapore. some people are after it's cargo. but there's far more on board than meets the eye.

This is one of those stories where the plot involves time travel and paradoxes and you will have to keep your wits about you in order to concentrate on it, but it benefits those who do, because there's a great story and plot here, and all the cast are superb.

There are two great cliffhangers. The first is spoiled if you read the cast list on the back of the box. and the second by the cover picture on the box.

And when you get to the end of episode four, do not turn the cd off right away. let the disc play to the very end. That's all I can say without spoilers.

A very strong audio indeed, one of the best eighth doctor ones, and a fitting finale for charley
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on 22 January 2008
Doctor Who audio adventures are the best out in the whole world of who these days, the big finish team love to do brilliant and exciting stories that keep you hooked, even if the story has sad undertones. So we have had a load of brilliant adventures with the eighth doctor and Charlie Pollard, played brilliantly by India Fisher. But nearly all good things come to an end.

The cybermen are very much in the background in this story, but that does not mean this story isnt terrific. This story has very strong characterisation. The tight dialogue between the Doctor and Charlie is right on the nail for me. Paul is as excellent as ever. But i love the cyberplanner. A touch of the invasion, without being too much of a touch if you get what i mean. I love the cyubermen voices in this story too, somewhere between the new series and the tenth planet.

The elements all come together and gell to make the death of Charlie very moving and unexpected. The last scene with the doctor reading the note Charlie left for him is one of the best scenes in big finish who ever. This story definitely has class with plenty of fresh ideas and great acting. An enjoyable romp! Im glad to see that India hasnt finished quite yet though, for she is back in The Condemned, cant wait til thats out...
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on 2 April 2010
I was really looking forward to this story. I had high expectations, and listening to it, the story was greatly paced and interesting. However Danny Webb's awful AWFUL Australian accent really ruined it for me. It is one of the worst Australian accents I have ever heard. It really grated. I almost didn't listen to disc two due to it. Which is shame as I usually rate Danny Webb as an actor. Why not just hire an Australian actor to play an Australian, aren't there enough of them in the UK doing Panto?? Apart from that it was quite a good story.
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