It is such an immense treat to get a new adventure with the Eighth Doctor and Lucie, and The Curse of the Fugue was perfect to squeeze in during a transit ride during travel.
The star of the show here is Sheridan Smith’s Lucie after an absence of five years, and this revisit back to her era reminds you of how great of a companion she was to the Doctor. It was a treat to hear her slip so effortlessly back into her character. Smith handles both roles with deft. Enjoying, very much her interpretation of McGann’s Doctor.
This new story finds Lucie succonded by the Doctor in a care home in 1974 and coping among the grim power cuts of the time. But after two weeks of nothing, she is bored, that is until one of her charges takes a funny turn and the Doctor rushes in. Resident Cecille’s past is soon revealed as she is plagued with ghosts and the burden of her past. Her story is played out as the tension rises. The situation is far worse than first thought as the Doctor tracks down a mysterious device. Hard decisions have to be made if all Cecille has strived for is to be saved.
Alice Cavender’s prose is particularly gorgeous, not only perfectly capturing Lucie’s character with the usual Doctor/Lucie banter but also her description of the TARDIS at the beginning of the piece is particularly lovely. This episode would have played out beautifully for a full hour as opposed to 30 minutes.
Blogtor Rating: 8/10
February 1974 is grimmer than usual for the British. Huddling together by candlelight the nation endures regular power cuts, however, the situation is far worse for one old woman. Out of the dark come visitors who know of her terrible burden of wartime secrets. All she fought to save is threatened. Whom can she trust? The troubled ghosts which plague her, a young man who has befriended her, or her new carer Lucie and her strange friend, The Doctor?
Producer: Ian Atkins
Script Editor: Ian Atkins & Nicholas Briggs
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Written By: Alice Cavender
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman