Millennia ago, the people of Caludaar pledged never to
set foot on their sister world, Endarra. But what secrets
does the Eden-like planet hold? There are laws that even the
Doctor won't break. While C'rizz learns that some tragedies
cannot be averted, Charley must decide who the real enemy
blurb on the back of this CD continues: For death walks
on Endarra, and this time she won't be denied... This
is actually rather misleading, but if I were to explain why,
I might give the story away.
is also a tad misleading is the fact that this four-part story
is being released as a double CD. Big Finish's four-episode
Whos usually run well over the standard 100 minute
duration. Some of them are as long as six-parters. However,
this one runs severely short - to 75 minutes in total - and
could easily have fit on to one disc. Yet this remains a two-disc
release, with a price point to match. I suppose Big Finish's
pre-publicity prevented a change of plan and of price when
the production ran short. Oh well, we've had plenty of free
extra minutes from this company over the years, so I guess
we can overlook this.
story, though brief, is entertaining enough. You may feel
the need to listen to bits of it again in order to fully grasp
the notion of morphic resonance used in Will Schindler's script.
I suppose that's one way of getting more minutes for your
money. We are teased with the possibility that C'rizz's (Conrad
Westmaas) demons might be revealed to his friends the Doctor
(Paul McGann) and Charley (India Fisher), but we'll have to
wait a little longer for the resolution to that particular
is most remarkable about this tale is the Sapphire & Steel-like
quality to the "haunting" of the planet Endarra. Compare the
use of the playground refrain, "Scaredy cat..." with that
of the "I'm coming to get you," chant in Big Finish's latest
Sapphire release, The
How fitting, therefore, that Scaredy Cat marks the
Doctor Who directorial debut of Sapphire & Steel
co-producer Nigel Fairs.
Fairs, who previously directed The Faction Paradox Protocols
for BBV, casts his old Faction mate Ellis Pike (Godfather
Morlock) in a minor role. Other players, Stuart McLaren and
Michael Chance, gave me a bit of a Curse of Fatal Death
flashback by occasionally sounding respectively like Richard
E Grant and Jonathan Pryce - unfortunately a sometimes rather
bored-sounding Jonathan Pryce.
that's enough catty comments from me.
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