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A shrieking, killing nightmare erupts from an overgrown well, hidden in the grounds of an old house, Tranchard’s Folly – and Mary Shelley, the Doctor’s latest travelling companion, rescues teenage twins Finicia and Lucern from the clutches of the monster. But a TARDIS trip in search of the origin of the horror goes terribly wrong when the Doctor, Mary and their two new frie A shrieking, killing nightmare erupts from an overgrown well, hidden in the grounds of an old house, Tranchard’s Folly – and Mary Shelley, the Doctor’s latest travelling companion, rescues teenage twins Finicia and Lucern from the clutches of the monster. But a TARDIS trip in search of the origin of the horror goes terribly wrong when the Doctor, Mary and their two new friends find themselves stuck in the middle of a seventeenth ncentury witch scare. While the Doctor investigates the strange lights at Vetter’s Tor, and the twins go in search of an artefact from the Hecatrix Dimension, Mary confronts the secrets of her past… and her future. The truth will out: Master Kincaid, the terrible Witch-Pricker himself, commands it!


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A shrieking, killing nightmare erupts from an overgrown well, hidden in the grounds of an old house, Tranchard’s Folly – and Mary Shelley, the Doctor’s latest travelling companion, rescues teenage twins Finicia and Lucern from the clutches of the monster. But a TARDIS trip in search of the origin of the horror goes terribly wrong when the Doctor, Mary and their two new frie A shrieking, killing nightmare erupts from an overgrown well, hidden in the grounds of an old house, Tranchard’s Folly – and Mary Shelley, the Doctor’s latest travelling companion, rescues teenage twins Finicia and Lucern from the clutches of the monster. But a TARDIS trip in search of the origin of the horror goes terribly wrong when the Doctor, Mary and their two new friends find themselves stuck in the middle of a seventeenth ncentury witch scare. While the Doctor investigates the strange lights at Vetter’s Tor, and the twins go in search of an artefact from the Hecatrix Dimension, Mary confronts the secrets of her past… and her future. The truth will out: Master Kincaid, the terrible Witch-Pricker himself, commands it!

30 review for Doctor Who: The Witch from the Well

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I had decidedly mixed feelings about this one. Some of the pluses: Mary Shelley continues to be just about the perfect Doctor Who companion, demonstrating an ideal blend of curiosity, resourcefulness, and fearlessness in the face of the unknown. I wish she could be a companion on the TV series. I enjoyed the two time-zone nature of the story. I know that lots of listeners have complained that it deprives us of Doctor/Mary interaction, but on the flip side, it gives Mary a chance to shine. I also I had decidedly mixed feelings about this one. Some of the pluses: Mary Shelley continues to be just about the perfect Doctor Who companion, demonstrating an ideal blend of curiosity, resourcefulness, and fearlessness in the face of the unknown. I wish she could be a companion on the TV series. I enjoyed the two time-zone nature of the story. I know that lots of listeners have complained that it deprives us of Doctor/Mary interaction, but on the flip side, it gives Mary a chance to shine. I also quite enjoyed the characters of Beatrice and Agnes, who could both have easily been stock characters straight out of central casting, but who, thanks to some combination of the acting and the writing, really come alive. Some of the minuses: The plot is only sustained by our heroes being idiots at key moments. It starts with the Doctor's willfully ignoring the signs that anything odd is going on with the twins. Not only is this rather at odds with his usual attitude towards new people, but you'd think that the Doctor would at least pick up on the hint that he's crossed his own timeline. When you write an 8th Doctor audio, you really don't get to pretend that he's unfamiliar with how time travel works. And then there's the long stretch of time during which the Doctor and Mary are separated in two different time zones, during which the listener is wondering when it will finally occur to her to use the fast-return switch which was carefully explained in episode 1. On the whole, the pluses just outweigh the minuses for me, making this a reasonably entertaining if imperfect story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Whyte

    Sorry to say that I thought this was a rare misfire from the Big Finish main sequence of stories. I love the chemistry between Paul McGann's Doctor and Julie Cox's Mary Shelley, but this story keeps them apart in return for a tale of moral, psychological and time-paradoxical complexity which the script didn't really do justice to. Some elements of the plot were similar to the Who book I was reading at the same time, Justin Richards' novel The Death Riders, which confused me a bit, though this is Sorry to say that I thought this was a rare misfire from the Big Finish main sequence of stories. I love the chemistry between Paul McGann's Doctor and Julie Cox's Mary Shelley, but this story keeps them apart in return for a tale of moral, psychological and time-paradoxical complexity which the script didn't really do justice to. Some elements of the plot were similar to the Who book I was reading at the same time, Justin Richards' novel The Death Riders, which confused me a bit, though this is not anyone else's fault.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    I did enjoy this one a bit more than the last one, The Silver Turk, but this one still feels more reminiscent of classic Who than new Who. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean the emphasis is on the monsters and the events and not so much on the characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Steffan Williams

    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 Jul 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Derelict Space Sheep

    As ever, Big Finish have gone beresk with their screeching creature effects. Notwithstanding such overindulgence, this pseudohistorical take on the seventeenth-century witch trials offers uncommon nuance and character depth. A particularly good story for Paul McGann and Julie Cox (as Mary Shelley).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Frank Normansell

    Enjoyable 8th Doctor adventure

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sara Habein

    Really enjoying Mary Shelley as a companion.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steven Shinder

    This wasn't as good as the previous story, so hopefully the next one will be better. The voice acting is great as usual though. This wasn't as good as the previous story, so hopefully the next one will be better. The voice acting is great as usual though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    3.5

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Revell

    In the second part of the "Mary Shelley trilogy", the 8th Doctor takes the novelist to modern day England, where she almost immediately encounters a monster. He then travels back to the 1650s to try and save the crew of the crashed spaceship that apparently brought the monster to Earth at that time. At which point he becomes embroiled in the witch-hunting scares of the day. For most of the story, the Doctor and his companion are separated, with the latter to a large extent dealing with the conseq In the second part of the "Mary Shelley trilogy", the 8th Doctor takes the novelist to modern day England, where she almost immediately encounters a monster. He then travels back to the 1650s to try and save the crew of the crashed spaceship that apparently brought the monster to Earth at that time. At which point he becomes embroiled in the witch-hunting scares of the day. For most of the story, the Doctor and his companion are separated, with the latter to a large extent dealing with the consequences of the former's actions back in the 17th century. It's a nice plot idea, and works without much in the way of timey-wimeyness, although it does have the downside of not allowing them much time to interact with one another, which is a pity when the companion is so newly introduced. On the other hand, I have to confess to a bias here, which is that I'm never terribly keen on Doctor Who stories that deal primarily with magic. In this case, what the aliens are doing is described as if it were some form of technology, but it clearly isn't, and the explanation for it doesn't really make any sense. (The energy that's said to power it would also, logically, have cropped up many times before, which, of course, it hasn't). Which left me rather cold. If I try to put that to one side, then the plot is quite good, if nothing remarkable. The atmosphere of rural 17th century England is well-evoked, with many of the characters turning out to have more depth than initially appears. There is some degree of sanitation of the real-world brutality of the witch finders, but that's probably a good thing, all considered - it's not that kind of story. In the modern-day sections, at least Mary gets to be the lead character, and remains consistent with her portrayal in the first part of the trilogy. There are also some good sections where she faces the temptation to find out about her own future through interaction with a man fascinated by the life of Lord Byron. So, in the end, I'd probably give this a 3.5, rounded down to 3.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Knowles

    I'm going to state up front that I strongly dislike Doctor Who witch stories (Yes even The Daemons). That being said I do have practical reasons for disliking this one. Witch stories are often about blind prejudice, a topic that can be interesting, but when most of the cast is ignorant your heroes just end up talking to unrepentant brick walls. In this story there are at minimum four of these type of characters. None of them have terribly interesting back stories and all of their reasons for the I'm going to state up front that I strongly dislike Doctor Who witch stories (Yes even The Daemons). That being said I do have practical reasons for disliking this one. Witch stories are often about blind prejudice, a topic that can be interesting, but when most of the cast is ignorant your heroes just end up talking to unrepentant brick walls. In this story there are at minimum four of these type of characters. None of them have terribly interesting back stories and all of their reasons for their prejudices are dumb. Especially the two main villains who are villains because every said they were so why the heck not? Ugh. The Eighth Doctor and Mary, on their second outing together, are kept apart nearly the entire time. Given that a highlight of The Silver Turk was their interaction. Thus there are a few good lines, but mostly they bounce off the stupidity of other characters. The story is split into two timelines: the 17th century and the present-ish (they have the internet and cell phones). The past story follows the Doctor takes up the most time, is the most convoluted, and has the most prejudiced characters. The present follows Mary and, while the min plot isn't interesting, there are slices of Mary being tempted to learn about her future. These scenes along with the interaction with her Byron-loving pseudo-companion are the best stuff this story has to offer. Honestly, I'd skip this one. It isn't scary, it isn't funny, it doesn't give you any insight and it isn't that interesting.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne Barwell

    Mary Shelley works very well as a companion to the 8th Dr as she's not afraid to speak her mind or ask the questions that need to be asked. I love the way she's portrayed and she comes across as very much of her time period in her speech etc. This story was an interesting one with a few twists, which foreshadow nicely Mary's eventual writing of Frankenstein. I'm enjoying this series of her and 8 very much. Mary Shelley works very well as a companion to the 8th Dr as she's not afraid to speak her mind or ask the questions that need to be asked. I love the way she's portrayed and she comes across as very much of her time period in her speech etc. This story was an interesting one with a few twists, which foreshadow nicely Mary's eventual writing of Frankenstein. I'm enjoying this series of her and 8 very much.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    This is an adventure where it works well to have the companion and Doctor separated. Particularly since the companion needs to be resourceful - and Mary parses things out and shines.

  14. 4 out of 5

    David Monroe

    The second in the Eighth Doctor and Mary Shelley audio releases by Big Finish Productions.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ritchie

    Eight and Mary Shelley encounter aliens and witches. Mary proves herself self sufficient.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tim Weakley

    Second episode with Mary Shelley as the companion and still really liking her. Great balance and story writing. The ending actually caught me off guard!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Auden Granger

    Someone is having so much fun writing little bits of Mary Shelley's life and works in all these. Someone is having so much fun writing little bits of Mary Shelley's life and works in all these.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Buchanan

    I'm not a big fan of Mary or Doctor Who witch stories in general, but I liked this quite a bit. A very clever story, well written and well acted. You can't ask for much else. I'm not a big fan of Mary or Doctor Who witch stories in general, but I liked this quite a bit. A very clever story, well written and well acted. You can't ask for much else.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debra Cook

    The Doctor and Mary Shelley try to help twins to escape their past but The Doctor gets involved in fighting a supposed witch hunting a community.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I ADORE MARY. Can she stay forever, please?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Veet Voojagig

  22. 4 out of 5

    Björn Söderström

  23. 5 out of 5

    Impqueen

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Fernandes

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  26. 4 out of 5

    Steven

  27. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

  28. 5 out of 5

    David Milligan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nick Cox

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