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103. The Girl Who Never Was

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 1/26/16 2:09 pm
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The Girl Who Never Was is the final story with Charley Pollard travelling with the Eighth Doctor and for their final bow before the curtain, Alan Barnes decides to have them split up for most of the play's runtime. This could have gone so wrong, but Barnes addresses the elephant (or chameleon) in the room as the aftermath of Absolution is a motivator for Charley's actions in the entire story.

Paul McGann is great again as he loves the timey-wimey script he was given as he interacts with all the supporting characters who are never who they say they are. The script works well as a parallel to Storm Warning as it completes the arc in a great fashion. India Fisher gives her best performance in the series as she has to be broken and angry, but still has to figure out everything that's going on in her branch of the timeline of events while having no contact with the Doctor.

The Cybermen are in this story and that's the only real problem as they don't really do much as villains as the focus is where it should be, on the deteriorating relationship between the Doctor and Charley and what that leads to you will have to listen to find out.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/31/15 10:11 am
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The final story featuring the Eighth Doctor and Charley follows up on the fall out from Absolution which saw C'Rizz's departure from the TARDIS. She's determined to leave, but she's drawn into what last adventure and what an adventure it is.

We have a lost ship in the middle of the Ocean, a hunt for buried treasure and the rediscovery of a deadly enemy, one whom Charley and the Doctor is well aware of. And then Charley disappears and the Doctor runs into an elderly woman who claims to be Charlotte Pollard. The script is Alan Barnes at his finest, unfurling an incredibly clever yarn from start to finish that is thoroughly intriguing.

The music is superb. It's big and cinematic which really does fit the story brilliantly, particularly as it definitely plays off ideas in the film Titanic.

The best thing about this is Charley herself who reminds us how great a character she truly is, separated from the Doctor and thrust back in time in 1942, she quickly takes charge of the situation aboard a ship trying to dodge Japanese torpedoes. She's a very big marvelous character. And ultimately the worst thing about the era with C'Rizz in the TARDIS isn't that C'Rizz was awful (he wasn't) or that the stories were bad (they weren't) but rather that the character of Charley rarely got to shine. She'd had a character and plot arch that concluded in, "Neverland" and after that she was just there, with only rare flashes that reminded how good she was ("Other Lives" and parts of "Memory Lane" stand out.) Of course, the end of this story sets up brilliantly the next chapter in Charley's life which would be continued in, "The Condemned."

There's some great emotion to this story (without being maudlin) and Paul McGann turns in a powerful performance as a Doctor who doesn't want to let go and wants nothing more than take Charley for a spin around the universe and India Fisher really portrays all the conflicting emotions Charley has throughout.

Overall, this is a superb story and probably the best Eighth Doctor story in the Main Range since Neverland.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 1/5/15 6:22 pm
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This is a fitting, well written, and well produced ending for Charlie being the companion of the 8th Doctor. The fact that the original writer of Charlie as put to bed the character of his own creation is fitting an ending as could be. The story is first rate, it is actually one of the best ones with the 8th Doctor in for some time. I will sadly miss Charlie, I think the creation of this completely unique companion which Big Finish did with Charlie just goes to show the depth and quality that Big Finish draw upon in their production, writing, and development. Charlie could have been anyone of the characters that graced the televisual Doctor's with ease, infact, it begs the question as to why the BBC have no poached the character and put her with the current T.V. Doctor. is beyond my comprehension. Maybe they will if a licence deal can be struck but the other way around for once!

McGann, 10/10 on form as ever as the 8th Doctor, India, faultless in this her swan song performance, the late great Anna Massey shows why she was held the esteem she was as an actress, wonderful performances here from all. There is not one duff performance, with the action working in 2 different points of time, with action mirroring each part of the story, glorious stuff. This is possibly one audio that you can easily revisit as well, so replay is strongly advised as not to miss any of the action.
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Reviewed By: BarReview Date: 9/10/14 7:55 pm
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Give Anna Massey's character her own series, please. She could run an empire.

There's humour and a great cast - clearly having fun, and some twisty plotting that makes it worth concentrating. That many time zones in one story takes some following so worth a second listen just to get it clear.

I love the Doctor's care of the older Charley Pollard, especially in what he does and DOES NOT choose to tell her, and India Fisher's Charley really does drive the whole story very well.
And I like the sound of the cybermen, like the very earliest ones, not the 'Age of Steel' lot.
The 8th Doctor's last line is ironic, given Charley's last line and the whole new companion adventure she's about to begin.

I found Byron a bit annoying, but we're probably meant to, so that's no criticism of Danny Webb.