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1.3 - The Fall of the House of Pollard

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/27/15 9:07 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This story focuses on Charley’s family and at last she returns home only to find how much her disappearance has affected them. At times, the pacing is a little slow as it takes quite a whiel for Charley to actually interact with her parents. The way Charley actually gets home is oddly contrived and doesn’t make much sense, the cruel treatment of the character of Michael Dee seems gratuitous, and the ending is disappointing.

Still, the scenes with Charley and her family are moving with Terrance Hardiman and Anneke Wills turning in solid performances as Lord and Lady Pollard. This one works primarily as a character piece that probes issues rarely raised in the classic Doctor Who series about what happens to the families of those who travel in time and space with the Doctor.
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Reviewed By: jonwesReview Date: 2/20/15 8:10 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

My favorite story of the series so far, to be certain. The combination of Charley coming home combined with the ghostly story and the setting worked very well. This being produced so long after the last Charley story meant that I'd forgotten some of the fun details that the story references back to in Charley's past. Sometimes I remembered the connection from the earlier story, sometimes I didn't. But it was written very well, I think, so that none of the back story was really necessary. It's really just some nice coloring for those who have kept track of Charley's story.

Any issues I had were relatively minor. I thought the final mind-wipe went on a bit long, although I understood they wanted to show that the Viyrans were being totally unsuccessful and that's why they went to the extreme on the young psychic.

The ending did have a good punch to the gut. But I did wonder about WHY it happened. Was it the Viyrans? And, if it was, that doesn't really resolve anything because only Charley's parent's memories are wiped. Hmmmm...
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 5/24/14 7:13 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A change of pace from the previous 2 stories with a slow-moving, character-driven piece but no worse for that. If you've been following the Pollard's history so far throughout the Big Finish ranges, it's a real treat to catch up with her parents and have all the threads brought together. Excellently performed and quietly moving with an unexpected sting in the tale. Definitely the best of the first series.