Eighth Doctor Audio: The Chimes of Midnight

Writer: Robert Shearman

Director: Barnaby Edwards

Producer: Gary Russell & Jason Haigh-Ellery

Running Time: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Companion: Charley Pollard (India Fisher)

Summary: The Doctor and Charley arrive at Edwardian house on Christmas Day in 1906. The house exists outside of time in an endless loop. When the grandfather clock chimes the hour, a person living in the house dies. Can the Doctor find the murderer? Why is the house trapped in a loop? And why does Edith, the scullery maid, seem to know Charley?

Review: This was a great mystery, and yet another example of Doctor Who’s excellence at “bottle episodes”. There were some great surprises about Charley’s past. It had some chilling moments, and the cliffhanger in part 2 was one of the best cliffhangers in a Big Finish story. This is every bit as good as you’ve heard. Since it’s Christmas-themed, I’d recommend it as part of your Christmas tradition.

Overall Review: 10/10

Continuity: Many of the events in this story were revisited in the Fall of the House of Pollard episode of Charley’s solo series.

The Celestial Toymaker taunts Charley about Edith in her Companion Chronicle Solitaire. Like the Eleventh Doctor, the Eighth Doctor has a fondness for custard (“The Eleventh Hour”). (hm, maybe this is where Steven Moffatt got the idea!)

Trivia: This is Steven Moffat’s favorite Big Finish story.


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