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4.12 - Solitaire

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Reviewed By: XxDachshundxX Review Date: 3/16/19 6:44 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I can't really say anything that is new, this is a fantastic creepy claustrophobic audio. Incredibly written, a character piece for the Toymaker and Charley. Fantastic sound design and music, wonderfully creepy scenes, great twists.
I implore every BF fan to listen! You will not regret it!
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Reviewed By: natemansReview Date: 1/31/19 3:22 am
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A Companion Chronicle involving Charley Pollard in a game of wits against the Toymaker sounds like a nice match in heaven.

With all seriousness, this is a fantastic audio. Well-written script by John Dorney, brilliant performances, tense and claustrophobic feel to the atmosphere and genuinely compelling from start to finish.

Highly recommend listening to this one.
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Reviewed By: SpaceFritter Review Date: 5/19/17 11:38 pm
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An amazingly creepy horror story. Full of twists and nightmarish plot devices. A fantastic production and better still it's only part 1 of a Sarah Kingdom and 1st Doctor Companion Chronicles story arc or trilogy. I'm really looking forward to buying the next two stories (4.1 & 5.1 in the series) & listening to them as well. Brilliant.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 9/5/15 5:17 pm
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I'm just going to say it flat out, Solitaire is The Celestial Toymaker done right. Solitaire sees Charley Pollard be trapped with the Celestial Toymaker in his new toyshop while the Doctor is a ventriloquist's dummy. Charley can't remember who she is and is forced to play a game where the rules are not even stated so she has no idea how she is doing. Unlike The Celestial Toymaker she isn't playing against a doll, but the Toymaker himself who is just there to confuse Charley through amnesia and wordplay. This is all fine but what keeps Solitaire from being just a well done rip off is how David Baile plays the Toymaker.

Baile, unlike Michael Gough, makes the Toymaker undeniably English and obsessed with winning. While Gough always sounded bored in his story, Baile sounds extremely amused with what he's watching. Also the danger is real as the room continues to shrink as the game progresses. Also the ending reveal of who is actually playing the game is great and should be so obvious a solution. This isn't the case as you never would think of what they did with it.