Doctor Who - Short Trips 8.11 - The Mistpuddle MurdersBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - Reviewed by Matt Tiley
The Mistpuddle Murders (Credit: Big Finish)
Director: Lisa Bowerman
 
Featuring: Sarah Sutton

Big Finish Release (United Kingdom)

First Released: November 2018

Running Time: 35 minutes

Welcome to Mistpuddle.
 
"I’m sure you’re all wondering why I’ve gathered you here. I’m sure you’re all wondering why the village is home to woodland creatures with a taste for tea, cakes and secrets. And I’m sure you’re all wondering where the Doctor has vanished to. The truth is not as quaint as the pretty cottages and mostly cute residents would have you believe.
 
Murder has come to Mistpuddle. And no-one is leaving until we uncover whodunnit."
 
So..... The Mistpuddle Murders is essentially Doctor Who, Beatrix Potter, Enid Blyton, Wind in the Willows and Miss Marple, all popped in a blender, shaken for a bit, and then left to set.
 
And sadly it wasn't my cup of tea.
 
Mistpuddle Murders (as well as featuring the characters Nyssa, Tegan and somewhat briefly the fifth Doctor), also features biologically engineered, human-sized woodland animals, who have dialogue gifted straight from Beatrix Potter. Now I'm not saying that this concept is any weirder than "little green blobs in bonded polycarbite armour"......but, for me......it just wasn't an exciting enough concept to hold my attention. In fact, I have to be honest - if I weren't reviewing the story for this very website, I probably would have bailed ten minutes in.
 
Sarah Sutton is on narration duties and also voicing Nyssa, she does so very well - taking the source material in her stride. She also does a very passable impression of Tegan, but sadly it wasn't enough to raise the story (for me anyway) above mediocre.
 
The writer, Simon A Forward's previous story for Short Trips was Mel-Evolent, which I also struggled with. At the time I thought it was because the story featured my least favourite companion (Mel), but perhaps I just don't get on with Mr Forward's style of storytelling.
 
The Mistpuddle Murders is available HERE to download from Big Finish for £2.99.