The Chimes of Midnight
Audio / March 14, 2016

Released February 2002 Following his superb ‘The Holy Terror,’ writer Rob Shearman returns to the Big Finish range with ‘The Chimes of Midnight,’ an Eighth Doctor tale featuring a mystery within an Edwardian manor that on the surface seems to be deserted despite many signs of being occupied. Right from the start, ‘The Chimes of Midnight’ establishes its creepy tone, and the purposefully misleading script full of fantastic visuals maintains the excellent mystery and intrigue. As Charley and the Doctor become separated and unable to interact, the script does a very good job in introducing the staff of the manor as they prepare for Christmas, and the subtle clues placed throughout the story hinting at another force in play slowly start to become more meaningful as events continue to unfold. It’s not until the Doctor realizes the severity of the situation as he has been allowed to enter the stream of events that the pervading sense of peril truly manifests, though. There is still some humour to be found underlying the impending danger, however it’s often of a much darker nature than in previous releases, fitting in tone with the bizarre proceedings of this unique murder mystery seamlessly. What follows…