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Reviewed By: SpaceFritter Review Date: 5/23/17 9:59 pm
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One of my greatest accidental discoveries. Sure, I recalled loving Charlie and the 8th doctor in the main series. In fact, they were my very first introduction to BigFinish and it's doctor who Main Monthly Story Collection. I loved every moment of it. But this, well, what an amazing treat this was!! Absolutely fantastic is all I can say. I was chomping at the bit for more at the conclusion of the first series. So much so I went into research mode and starting reading up on this most fascinating of monster and found that they were actually introduced quite some time ago in the story arc of the Main Collection. So I'm off to buy those stories and I've already bought series 2 and have just started the first episode. It's amazing. Charlie's found herself stranded now in modern earth history. There's some kind of conspiracy underway. It's all very cloak and dagger and very exciting. I can't say enough about this. It's truly one of the very best new series creations by BigFinish. It has a very refreshing new flavour to it. It's own personality. As far as I'm concerned it's now one of my top 2 BigFinish productions and that's saying something I promise you. Absolutely worth a 10/10 rating. I simply can't see how you wouldn't enjoy the ride! Highly Recommended.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/28/17 11:32 am
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This story reveals what happened to Charley and Robert and the source of the opening clip of the series while the Americans and NATO pressure the British Prime Minister to drop bombs on Central London because...reasons. Meanwhile, Charley and Robert spend a decade as slaves of aliens who are constantly killing off weaker humans and humanoid creatures in the name of making sure only the strongest and healthiest survive. Given this is a primitive group with no technology or medical care, the culling may seem, but are alien eugenicists can't let survival of the fittest take care of itself.

There are problems with the story on multiple levels. The sound design on this episode is really unpleasant on the ear. The method of telling the story is drawn out and at times, tedious. The entire set had pacing issues, particularly the last two episodes. This story could have been compressed in such a way that it could have still taken the dark turn Briggs wanted without leaving us without proper resolution.

The tone may be the biggest issue. Going to very dark places with a story is not necessarily a problem. But it has to match the expectation of the series. This isn't Survivors. It's Charlotte Pollard. The strength of this series is that so many people have followed her from Storm Warning to Blue Forgotten Planet. Who exactly is up for Charley being subjugated to a decade of brutal slavery and her spirit being crushed like a grape?

This reminds me of the Big Finish Sarah Jane finale, "Dreamland," a dark series finale that ended without proper resolution and there never was a Series 3. Here's hoping for something better for our favorite Edwardian Adventuress.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/27/17 10:53 am
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This third episode finds the world going to pieces as Charley and the gang try to get Woking to safety. Given all the theoretically exciting and interesting stuff that happens in this episode, it's quite bizarre that ends up feeling so glacially paced at some points. The story suffers from a great deal of padding, mainly in that so much of the episode is spent trying to convince Naomi's editor of the truth of what's going on. The problem is that they're only required to convince her because they went to the news station, but in the long-term she's not that important to the story nor is she much more than the stock tough editor type. The result is that much of the run-time feels wasted. Still, what does happen is quite interesting and creates a sense of mystery for the finale.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/13/17 2:40 am
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A direct continuation of the previous story and it manages to hold and deepen interest in the strange goings on in London. Charley and Robert continue to be adorable: one from the far future, one from nearly a century previously, both struggling to be on the run from the government. Their fun interactions as Robert begins to discover that adventure means danger and unpredictability are quite enjoyable.

However, if that was all this story had, the box set's action would grind to a hault. The supporting cast continues to be very fun and intriguing. In addition, to the mysterious alien menace, both Woking and Rab are men of mystery who really make you wonder what they're really up to. And then of course, there's their Viyran friend.

The only problem is that Charley seems to be of being lost in her own series. However, she ends up holding her own and through the first half, this series did a good job holding my attention.

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