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     Big Finish 097 – The Wishing Beast – The Vanity Box    
     Author:  BadWolf
     Dated:  Tuesday, September 11 2007 @ 10:00 PM EDT
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    DW ReviewsStarring Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor with Bonnie Langford as Mel

    Are you sitting comfortably...? Then we'll begin.

    The Wishing Beast.

    Once upon a time...

    The Doctor and Mel receive a strange transmission and materialise on an even stranger and very inhospitable asteroid. As they are about to leave another transmission arrives from what appears to be two little old ladies and the asteroid transforms itself into an idyllic forest.

    The two old ladies have summoned our travellers to bestow a reward on a great hero from beyond space and time and it is not the Doctor. Mel's reward is a visit to the "Wishing Beast" which of course will grant the hero's greatest wish.

    What follows is obviously based in the world of fairy tales but surprisingly the play works very well and is entertaining to adult ears. The forest has ghosts instead of fairies; an inter-dimensional entity instead of a big bad wolf and of course in the best tradition of fairy tales; the little old ladies are the equivalent of wicked witches. Obviously the moral of the story is to be careful what you wish for (because you just may get it.)

    If this play had a weakness then it was in the ending which was a little on the weak side but then again what fairy tale doesn't have a weak ending?

    (continues below)

    The Vanity Box.

    There is not much that I can write here that won't "spoil" this story so I won’t even try.

    It didn't take as long as thought it would but for the first time the two plays in this release are linked. The Doctor and Mel arrive in Salford (a suburb of Manchester) to relax after their encounter with The Wishing Beast.

    It doesn't take long for the relaxation to end as a local mystery captures their attention.

    A beauty shop has recently opened and is causing a stir by producing unbelievable results among the local womenfolk. The treatment makes women look ten years younger but it comes at a hidden cost. A very familiar adversary awaits the Doctor and Mel.

    If you are from outside of the United Kingdom then you may wish to retain the services of a translator before listening to this play, local accents and dialect are used to very good effect and make a refreshing change from the usual generic English or occasional Welsh.

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    Big Finish 097 – The Wishing Beast – The Vanity Box
    Authored by: tarashnat on Monday, October 08 2007 @ 03:49 PM EDT

    Ah, I didn't particularly like The Wishing Beast. It was OK as a story, but just not my cup of tea. The Vanity Box was a little better, but still in the same ballpark. But the links between the stories is where I had the most enjoyment. I really can not be motivated to say more, as this story did not really invoke any real fealing for it, neither like nor dislike. It is not often that I get this reaction for a Big Finish play.

    Can't an actor go out for a fag without being swarmed by paparazzi?