Solitaire Reviewed

The Companion Chronicles have grown up over the last few years. At their humble beginnings, they were old companions doing impressions of the Doctor that they were teamed up with (specifically Doctors 1 to 4). As the range has proved so successful and popular, the bar has been raised so that any of the Doctor’s companions can now be involved. And the more this world has grown the bigger and better the stories have become.

Doctor Who from Big Finish - SolitaireWhich brings us nicely onto this month’s Companion Chronicle offering from Big Finish entitled Solitaire. It’s a two hander between the Eighth Doctor’s former travelling companion Charley Pollard and The Celestial Toymaker.

This reviewer will not hide away from the fact that he never “clicked” with Charley, finding that her upper class whinnying gave the Eighth Doctor airs and graces himself when he needed to be more grounded (which he later got with Lucy Millar). However, this is a fantastic performance by actress India Fisher who, when placed on her own, proves herself worthy of TARDIS travels. She comes across as intelligent, strong-minded and resourceful which is exactly what the Doctor looks for in a friend.

David Ballie returns for another audio outing as the Toymaker (his last was The Nightmare Fair with Colin Baker) and he’s equally brilliant as the sinister and elusive villain of the piece.

The plot itself revolves around Charley trying to escape from one of the Toymaker’s games whilst also trying to help the Doctor. And where is our favourite Time Lord? Nothing will be spoiled for you in this review but let’s just say that India Fisher voices the Doctor without having to do an impression of Paul McGann (who is one of the hardest Doctor’s to impersonate).

Solitaire is recommended listening, a solid play with a simple plot that encircles the listener and rewards them with varying twists and turns. If you haven’t listened to the series before, start here.

Solitaire is available on CD and download at


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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