Short Trips Review: The Turn of the Screw

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)

Yee Jee Tso returns in his Vault working Charlie Sato guise to deliver this 8th Doctor story. Charlie is on the hunt for an artefact that may be small in size but big in power. But when he gets caught and captured he runs into a torturer who turns out not to be as he seems who also wants the mysterious device.As I was listening to this one I thought back to the first time Yee Jee was in a Big Finish, back in “Realtime” (or if not first very early on). He was so young and not that long past doing the TV movie, he was good but you could sort of tell he was new to audio.

This play goes to show how much he has grown in this medium and as an actor in general. He has a slow and measured pace in his performance that really gives the impression of an undercover operative who must be careful of everything he does. Having said this he also creates the feel of the action scenes very well too. I’m sure this is also helped by the always great direction of Lisa Bowerman.

The story itself, by Eddie Robson; is perfect for a just over half-hour short trip. It is contained enough not to feel like it’s being rushed to fit the format or that you feel short changed by it needing any longer. But at the same time it feels more than 30 minutes because they pack so much into the story.

This also lines itself up for a follow-on story, again in a way that feels like you still got a good complete stand-alone story but it could lead into another that gives further depth.

In short, this is the kind of tale the short trips range is ideal for. 9/10

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