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154. The Witch From the Well

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/17/18 1:04 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This story follows The Silver Turk (though does not require the listener to know that previous story as they are unconnected) and continues to feature Mary Shelley accompanying the 8th Doctor. They are actually visiting two different time periods in this story which is intersting as they explore the past to find out what lead to the situation they encounter when rescuing twins from a monstrous danger. They are then thrust into a period of witch hunts and superstition in the 17th Century.

This is a mixed bag. It has very interesting parts and is well acted so is mostly enjoyable and solid but it seems to lose its way at times, drifting along and slightly muddling a few scenes. Therefore although being a nice concept and suitably horror based to provide a thrills, it is not 100% well executed.

My ratings: Episode 1 - 8/1-, Episode 2 - 7/10, Episodes 3 & 4 - 7.5/10

Overall: 7.5/10
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Reviewed By: SteffWilliams18Review Date: 10/13/18 7:00 pm
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Sadly, the second story in the trilogy of stories with 8 and Mary Shelley is a weak story which gave me mixed feelings, sometimes getting me engrossed into parts of its plot, then moments later, I'd be losing interest and patience with it. The Witch From the Well definitely has potential, but the plot is slow and dreary and limits its ability to keep the listener engaged.

Aside from the weak plot, the acting is fairly strong by the guests, and the main stars absolutely dazzle. Paul McGann and Julie Cox are stunning as the Doctor/Companion duo, carrying on their strong chemistry from the previous story. Mary is allowed a chance to take control in this story, which is one of the positives to this story.

The sound and music is one of the story's strongest elements, but sadly, this story is the weakest (as of the moment, I still have to listen to Army of Death) story in the Shelley trilogy, and it's not a story I'd bother re-listening to unless I was marathoning 8's timeline.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/31/15 7:30 am
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Mary was introduced to the Big Finish range in the 'Company of Heroes' short story compilation, and neither that or 'The Silver Turk' is required listening before hearing this. The acting and production values are the best thing about this release. The music and sound effects create a detailed acoustic back drop, and there is clear demarcation between the sequences but all the jumping about between the past and the future creates an unnecessary, not to mention tiresome, divide.

The writing is solid with good ideas, though at times is unrefined, the occasional over describing for example, such as the sequence when Mary and Aleister are cornered by the witch. However, this is only the second in the Mary Shelley trilogy and already they have been split up for nearly a whole story. Mary is shunted unceremoniously in a future and unnecessary side story which needlessly burdens the far more interesting and relevant historical one. This is a double missed opportunity as there aren't as many historicals in the range, and this trilogy got off to a flying start with the opening story, 'The Silver Turk'. This would also have been a great story for a more established companion such as Charlie or perhaps even a solo outing for McGann, but Mary is wasted. Which is such a shame as Julie Cox is a wonderful actress, and I personally felt Paul was superb from start to finish.

Overall, it's only 'The Silver Turk' in this trilogy that benefits from Mary Shelly's presence. The character was equally mishandled in 'Army of Death', which is a far more traditional story. Even though this one lacked a certain amount of technical finesse it was still a very enjoyable listen.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/14/15 3:39 pm
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Witch in the Well is the second full length story with Mary Shelley as the Eighth Doctors companion.

What really worked about the story? The music and soundscapes are superb as usual. Julie Cox turns in an outstanding performance as Mary Shelley and Rick Briggs script really gives her a chance to excel. She and the Doctor are separated at the end of Episode 1 with her being 400 years away from him A Companion separated from the Doctor usually spends much of the episode running around screaming in terror but not Mary Shelley. She's resourceful and commanding even when dealing with the twenty-first century. She's tempted by the idea of discovering her future.

The time travel stuff is interesting with two characters being in their own past (which is the Doctor's present) after their elder selves met the Doctor before the Doctor first met them. It's good timey wimey stuff.

The negative of the story is that despite the use of a witch in the plot, there's not a whole lot to make the story stand out. The story is focused on its message that it doesn't really develop its characters or leave much of an impression. The author is eager to put his words in the Doctor's mouth such as when the Doctor praises the clean air of pre-Industrial Revolution England. because...nothing creates a great spell like a society without refrigeration and where people bathe every month or so. Had to smell lovely.