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The Girl Who Never Was
on 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).