Solitaire (#4.12)

Big Finish, Companion Chronicles

Wow! Not only is the acting fabulous in this story, the plot is excellent as well. Welcome to the toy store of the almighty Toymaker! Things get more and more tense as the story progresses until things get a bit turned on their head. Excellent story! This is a story that would do well on TV, if they could figure out the crunching of the walls feature. It is a bit short for a modern-day story but it’s just so well written it could work anywhere. Excellent job, John Dorney!

That said, the actual resolution is almost a let-down as Charley figures things out, leaving the Celestial Toymaker basically flailing about. And I’m very happy to hear the “return” of Charley, though as a companion story. I’m not sure which Doctor she’s with but I’m guessing Paul McGann’s Doctor, though it doesn’t matter for the story as he doesn’t feature in it much at all. I can highly recommend this audio!

India Fisher(Charley Pollard),David Bailie(The Celestial Toymaker)

Writer: John Dorney

Director: Nicholas Briggs

Release: June 2012

Laura Vilensky 2019