|The Girl Who Never Was
last release for 2007 is also the last Eighth Doctor
story in the Big Finish Productions monthly Doctor
Who audio range. Written
by Alan Barnes and directed by Barnaby Edwards "The
Girl Who Never Was" stars Paul
McGann, as the Eighth
Doctor and, India Fisher, as companion
Pollard. It was recorded on the
27th and 28th June 2007.
the announcement that the Eighth Doctor would be
appearing in his own series of audio adventures,
with new companion
Lucie Miller, on the digital radio station BBC7 in
the early part of 2007, and with the subsequent announcement
that a second series was being planned, Big Finish
have decided to end the inclusion of the Eighth Doctor
in their main Doctor Who audio range. This
story will therefore be the last for long-running
Pollard - C’rizz’s last story was October
by executive producer Nicholas Briggs ‘We shall
be extremely sad to see them go. But all good things
come to an end. And we’re giving them both a proper,
dramatic send off Alan Barnes created companion Charlotte
Pollard, played by India Fisher, back in 2000. "In
The Girl Who Never Was", he wraps up her story with
an action-packed double-whammy featuring Cybermen, pirates
McGann and India Fisher are guest stars: film legend
Anna Massey, Danny Webb ("The
Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit" and Alien3),
Robert Duncan (Drop
the Dead Donkey), David Yip ("Destiny
of the Daleks",
The Chinese Detective). Also starring are: Natalie
Mendoza, Amanda Root, Tim Sutton, Jake McGann and, providing
voice of the Cybermen, Nicholas Briggs.
has decided to leave the TARDIS and so The Doctor takes
her to Singapore – Charley’s original destination
when she was aboard the ill-fated R101 before she met
The Doctor. But instead of arriving in 1931 they arrive
not that concerned about this mistake as she does not
officially exist having, according to the records, died
in 1931. The Doctor though is very concerned and re-enters
the TARDIS to check what has happened. He asks Charley
to wait for him but she decides that as she is leaving
this is as good a time as any other to leave The Doctor.
She soon bumps into a man called Byron who turns out
not to be who he initially claims to be. Especially when
The Doctor catches up with Charley and deduces Byron
is kidnapping Charley – all because of a strange
anomaly, that can be found out at sea in January 1942 – at
the height of the Second World War when Singapore was
under siege, and it is this that caused the TARDIS to
land in the wrong time zone.
and Charley manage to escape from Byron and, on returning
to the TARDIS, they try to travel to 1942. Instead they
find themselves still in 2008 onboard a rotting ghost
ship that The Doctor identifies as the ‘SS
Batavia’ – a
ship that is rotting away due to temporal corrosion that
has been caused by being in the Time Vortex. The Doctor
falls through the rotting deck and while Charley returns
to the TARDIS to retrieve some rope, so as to rescue
him, the Hostile Action Displacement System is activated
and the TARDIS dematerialises leaving The Doctor behind.
The TARDIS takes Charley to 1942 where she bumps into
Byron again – but a much younger Byron from the
one she originally met in 2008 Singapore.
Doctor is not stranded alone on the ‘SS Batavia’ for
very long as Byron, who he met in 2008, soon catches
up with him. But he is accompanied by an elderly lady
who introduces herself as Charlotte Pollard. The Doctor
deduces that Charley must have travelled back in time
to 1942 – a time of great danger – especially
as it is revealed that the ‘SS Batavia’ was
not carrying refugees from Singapore but something far
the ‘SS Batavia’ to become a ghost ship in
1942 and where has she been in the last 66 years? What
really happened to Charley – a girl who appeared
in 1942 with no memory and adrift in time? The Doctor
may have been parted from the TARDIS and his travelling
companion but Charley is still involved and is just as
keen to find out the secrets within the ‘SS
and the older Charlotte Pollard are equally curious about
what really happened in 1942 and as they start to explore
they start to uncover the mystery of what the younger
Charley was up to back in 1942 and also what has been
laying in wait deep within the ship...
Doctor and Charley may have become separated by 66 years
but they soon discover that an old enemy is close – An
enemy that has plans far beyond their worst fears. This
could be Charley's finest hour – but it could also
be her last – especially as she is “the girl
who never was” and The Doctor’s old enemy
turns out to be The Cybermen…
Charley survive in 1942 or did she die at the hands of
the Cybermen? This is what The Doctor thinks when it
is revealed that the older Charlotte Pollard is not who
she claims to be.
Charley threatened with cyber-conversion and The Doctor
left reeling as to what he eventually discovers happened
to Charley back in 1942. But this is nothing compared
to what The Doctor plans to do to bring Charley back
which will result in her losing her memory, kidnapped
again by Byron again and travelling to the far future
where, with The Doctor incapacitated, she ends up destroying
the Cybermen’s ship, and stuck on the disintegrating
ship, when she finds herself caught out by the TARDIS
Hostile Action Displacement System again.
The Doctor wakes up he finds the TARDIS has taken him
back to Singapore but this time he is all alone. Elsewhere,
on a desert island in the far future, Charley is all
alone and desperate to make contact with anyone. The
last thing she expects is for the TARDIS to materialises.
Charley gains access but instead of finding inside an
owner she recognises she is confronted by a complete
stranger. Travelling in the TARDIS will never be the
same again. For both The Doctor and Charley…
in the TARDIS will never be the same again. This
is journey's end but also a new begining...
both Charley and The Doctor…
Subscribers whose subscription includes this release
also received the single CD story, "Return
to the Web Planet" which stars Peter Davison as the Fifth
Doctor returning to the planet Vortis. This CD is exclusive
to subscribers and will not be available to purchase
- Featuring the Eighth
Doctor and Charley
- Serial Number: 8Y/E
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 24'10", 2 = 25'11",
3 = 24'12", 4 = 27'51"
- Total Story Length: 105'23"
- Also features 35 minutes of trailers and
special behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast
- This story takes place between after "Doctor
Who: The Movie" and after "Absolution".
- Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
- Recorded: 27th and 28th June 2007
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: December 2007
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-287-6
On the Back Cover:
dot dot, dash dash dash, dot dot dot. Someone's
ghost ship. A girl with no memory, adrift in time.
An old enemy. This could be Charlotte Pollard's finest
hour - or her last.
course for Singapore, 1931. Journey's end.
|On the Inside Cover:
Writer’s Notes: Alan Barnes
love Charlotte Pollard. I’m in love with Charlotte
Pollard. Of course I am.
I have to share her with another man. Yes, he wears
a waistcoat; and yes, he’s got terrible hair,
but he’s got a time and space machine… and
I don’t even drive. Damn!
Ah, but I’ve
been pulling their strings, all along. I was their
matchmaker, way back in Storm
Warning; I got to
write their love-yous into Neverland. After a while,
I left them to it (I tried it on Charley’s
sister in Gallifrey: A Blind Eye… but it
wasn’t the same.)
it’s the end of the affair.
could have been cruel, or spiteful. Of palmed one
or the other off, to someone else. Could have ducked
the question. In the end, they decided. Her and him.
The Doctor and Charley. They chose how it was going
to be. I was just a witness.
loved her, though. Charlotte Pollard. Of course I
Director’s Notes: Barnaby Edwards
I acted in
India’s very first Charlotte Pollard story
and directed her in The
Chimes of Midnight, so
I was delighted to be offered The Girl Who
who created the character of Charley, has written
an absolute cracker of a story, exploding with
adventure and fizzing with snappy dialogue. It’s
a tribute to the strength of the script that we
managed to assemble such a high-calibre cast.
really put their all into the story and the recording
sessions were buzzing with creative energy Anna Massey
likened the experience to doing ‘radio on skis’!
gratitude, then, goes to the cast for making this story
as powerful as it is, and to Gareth and Andy at ERS
for their phenomenal sound design and music.
What a journey
we’ve been on with Charley, but all good
things come to an end.
The Eighth Doctor
First television appearance: Doctor Who
First Big Finish audio appearance: "Storm
a prolonged time trapped in an alternative universe,
the Eighth Doctor recently found his way home, along
with his longtime companion Charley Pollard. Since
returning, they’ve faced dangers on alien planets,
in Victorian high society and, most terrifying of
all, a future Earth populated entirely by The Doctor’s
oldest and most bitter foes, the Daleks. Wherever
the TARDIS takes him, it seems there’s no respite...
First Big Finish audio appearance: "Storm
was rescued by The Doctor from aboard the ill-fated
R101 airship in 1930. With scant regard for her own
safety, and thus against The Doctor’s wishes,
she went with her new best friend into the Divergent
Universe, knowing that she might never see Earth
- or anyone she has known and loved - ever again.
However, after resisting a number of temptations
to abandon The Doctor, she stuck by them and has
been rewarded by returning to her own universe. Whether
that proves to be a wise or safer course of action
remains to be seen...
| Full Cast List:
The Production Team:
and Jason Haigh-Ellery