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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/29/16 9:53 pm
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This story has Lucie working in a nursing home in the 1970s where one of the residents is being haunted by something she did during the War.

Sheridan Smith does a good job as the narrator and as Lucie, but the release suffers from a so-so script that spends most of the time talking in the resident's room without actually connecting on an emotional level or with the imagination.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 6/10/16 8:01 am
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An 8th Doctor Short Story read by Sheridan Smith. We see Lucy engaged in the pleasures of the three day week, that, gripped the country, under union issues and shortages. The Doctor as a problem with the tracker, so, he is struggling to get the TARDIS to perform. The Doctor as picked up a signal, a trace, that he needs to sort out. Lucy is a nursing home trying to cope with the residents of the home. A home with some very unusual residents. When the power goes out, the trace comes back on, Lucy checks, only Cecile Charmers is acting odd, talking to herself so it seems, retracting her story. For an instance Lucy see’s a man in front of Cecile, but as soon as the lights come back on the man disappears. What does Cecile seems to posses that can cause this. Is she more than she is letting on. Lucy updates what she has seen happen to the Doctor, the Doctor is soon knocking on the door of the old folks home to speak to Cecile, to discover what it is that she has that is causing the rift. But there is more that Cecile at risk here, there is a story of her past, which is intertwined with the present.
Now what stands out about this story amongst all others is that Sheridan Smith, big stage and T.V. actor is stunning reprising her role as the Doctor’s companion Lucy. Sheridan as that ease of ability, like only a few, the effort which is non existent makes her performance here simply effortless, and also incredibly engaging. Her soft Lancashire tones drift across your ears, telling a rather wonderfully engrossing story.
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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 5/1/16 8:54 am
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The Curse of the Fugue is the first story since 2011's Eighth Doctor Adventures story To the Death to feature Sheridan Smith. It features the 8th Doctor and Lucie as they work to help a woman face the demons of her past amidst a power outage.

The Short Trips range is probably the most straightforward range there is. It's really a true audio book, featuring one person acting as the narrator. I personally haven't listened to any Short Trips before this one (I've still got the first 8th Doctor Short Trip waiting in the wings) and I'm not quite sure how I feel about them. On the one hand, it's really nice that they got Sheridan Smith back to voice Lucie, if only sparingly and for a half-hour. On the other, it was a pretty mediocre story, and I don't think the format quite suited the fanfare surrounding it.

Sheridan Smith is fine here. The moments when she's voicing Lucie again are excellent; it's like she never left the role. Her narration is good, if sometimes a bit indistinct, especially when she's voicing other actors. It's sometimes rather hard to figure out who she's voicing unless she specifically says something like, "'blah blah blah', said the Doctor".

As I said above, I found the plot fairly mediocre. It was an interesting topic that could've easily been a full-length story. But the length of the story was really detrimental; they had to wrap everything up fairly quickly, and it was rather unsatisfying to listen to. And there was barely any of Big Finish's excellent soundscapes in this story. There were a few sound effects and some very light music here and there, but it was overall just not a satisfying story to listen to.

Overall, I think the main draw of this story will be the novelty of Sheridan Smith returning (however briefly, though I suspect it's due to her extremely busy schedule) to the role of Lucie for the first time in 5 years and the low price point. For the price, the novelty, and the length, it's a perfectly fine story, if almost instantly forgettable.