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The Girl Who Never Was: Good evening gentlemen - is this 1942?,
This review is from: The Girl Who Never Was (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
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.