Reviewed By: Kamelion
Review Date: 2/4/19 4:36 am
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Location : Earth, United Kingdom, seaside town of Eastwold, 17 Seaview Road and other local residences and businesses. The Doctor states Eastwold is "Several hundred miles from London."
Date : Winter 2014
A morbid, terrifying, violent, demented and hilarious murder mystery. BBC would never be able to make and broadcast a story like this as it is on television as Doctor Who. This is a great example of what Big Finish is capable of doing while being cannon. Speaking of statements by Briggs he mentions in the extras after the ending that he had to edit this story down to tone down the horror. Unfortunately he intentionally did not mention what was edited out.
Of the hundreds of Big Finish Doctor Who stories I have listened to it is not uncommon to revisit my collection and know for certain that I have heard a story but do not remember what it was about right off the bat. With a few minutes of listening to those stories it comes back. Yet with The Crooked Man I am absolutly 100% certain that I will never forget this story. I have listened to it twice as I normally do before writing any review.
The horror is unreal and it really is the stuff of nightmares. From the savage murder of a book store owner where the "Entire 15 works of Charles Dickens" were shoved down his throat, to the kidnapping and threatened canibalism of a toddler - this is the type of story you will never see on TV, yet it is Doctor Who to the core. Tom Baker and Louise Jameson as Leela absolutely nailed this one with outstanding performances.
I am tempted to audio sample the hilarious shriek of The Crooked Man exclaiming "Hello my friend!" and making it the ring tone on my phone for a few days.
Your traveling adventures with the Fourth Doctor are not complete without this tale. You just may not want to listen to it right before bed.
"Hell's bells.." - PC Andrews
"Halt, who goes there?" - PC Andrews
To which the Doctor responds; "I can't believe you actually just said that."
"Hello my friend!" - The Crooked Man
"A loony in a scarf and a girl dressed like she doesn't seem to know its winter." Police Officer