I’d like to start this continuation of the Dark Shadows discussion from the old board with a look at some of the new and upcoming Dark Shadows audio stories from Big Finish Productions. There aren’t nearly as many Dark Shadows audio adventures as there are Doctor Who ones, but the Doctor Who series has been around longer. The Dark Shadows audios are a mixed bag. The first release was a full-cast sequel titled “Return to Collinwood”. Later they began to release a series of interconnected sequential stories grouped in short “seasons”. More recently they’ve been going back to the timeline of the original television show and telling interstitial one-shots. As the Dark Shadows series seems to be catching on, Big Finish seems to be ramping up their production schedule. “Curse of the Pharaoh” was released in September, and the next four are set for monthly release beginning in January at a special subscription rate.
CURSE OF THE PHARAOH:
“Curse of the Pharaoh” stars Nancy Barrett (reprising her role as Carolyn Stoddard) and Marie Wallace (perhaps best known as “Eve” on the TV show) in a new role, famed Egyptologist Dr. Gretchen Warwick. The story doesn’t specify, but I assume it takes place shortly after the end of the series original TV series, circa 1970 or so. Both actresses are kind of rusty and sound as old as they are, not as young as they (Caroline, anyway) are supposed to be. Barrett was always a better actress than Wallace, and that remains true. Wallace’s shortcomings are spotlighted in this “dramatic reading” in which she plays other bit parts, most of the male (Bob the bartender at The Blue Whale, Eliot Stokes on the telephone, Carolyn’s father in flashback), which she performs in a gruff kind of storybook voice as if reading aloud to a child. The story itself is a sequel to the unpopular “Leviathan” television storyline. If you’ve never heard a Dark Shadows audio and thinking of trying one out, there are better ones to start with than this.
KEY: OB = Old Board; UR = Un-Reviewed
Return to Collinwood - 169
S1.1 The House of Despair - 1
S1.2 The Book of Temptation - OB
S1.3 The Christmas Presence - 264
S1.4 The Rage Beneath - 7
SEASON TWO: Kingdom of the Dead - 7
1. Angelique’s Descent-Pt. 1 - OB
2. Angelique’s Descent-Pt. 2 - OB
3. Clothes of Sand - OB
4. The Ghost Walker - OB
5. The Skin Walkers - OB
6. The Path of Fate - OB
7. The Wicked & the Dead - OB
8. Echoes of Insanity - OB
9. Curse of the Pharaoh - 1
10. Final Judgment - 1
11. Blood Dance - 1
12. The Night Whispers - 1
13. London’s Burning - 2
14. The Doll House - 30
15. The Blind Painter - 87
16. The Death Mask - 88
17. The Creeping Fog - 89
18. The Carrion Queen - 89
19. The Poisoned Soul - 96
20. The Lost Girl - 96
21. The Crimson Pearl - 114
22. The Voodoo Amulet - 129
23. The House by the Sea - 170
24. Dress Me in Dark Dreams - 154
25. The Eternal Actress - 162
26. The Fall of House Trask - 163
27. Operation: Victor - 166
28. Speak No Evil - 166
29. The Last Stop - 166
30. Dreaming of the Water - 167
31. The Haunted Refrain - 167
32. A Collinwood Christmas - 167, 264
33. The Phantom Bride - 167
34. Beneath the Veil - 167
35. The Enemy Within - 167
36. The Lucifer Gambit - 167
37. The Flip Side - 167
38. Beyond the Grave - 168
39. Curtain Call - 168
40. The Harvest of Souls - 170
41. The Happier Dead - 168
42. The Carriage Damned - 168
43. The Devil Cat - 168
44. The Darkest Shadow - 173
SEASON THREE: Bloodlust - 170-172, 181, 269
45. Panic - 173
46. The Curse of Shurafa - 173
47. In the Twinkling of an Eye - 173
48. Deliver Us from Evil - 173
49. Tainted Love - 173
50. ...And Red All Over - 175
Echoes of the Past - 176
Blood & Fire - 176
Haunting Memories - 177
Phantom Melodies - 178
Dreams of Long Ago - 178
THE TONY & CASSANDRA MYSTERIES:
The Mystery at Crucifix Heights - 179
The Mystery of La Danse Macabre - 179
The Mystery of Flight 493 - 180
The Mystery of Karmina Sonata - 180
SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT:
Trio - 180
Honeymoon from Hell - 180
1:53 AM - 180
MAGGIE & QUENTIN - THE LOVERS' REFRAIN:
The Girl Beneath the Water - 180
The Sand That Speaks HIs Name - 180
The Hollow Winds That Beckon
The Paper to the Flame
GOTHIC PAPERBACK LIBRARY
1. Dark Shadows - p183
2. Victoria Winters - p183
3. Strangers at Collins House - p183
4. The Mystery of Collinwood - p184
5. The Curse of Collinwood - p184
6. Barnabas Collins - p185
7. The Secret of BC - p185
8. The Demon of BC - p185
9. The Foe of BC - p185
10. The Phantom of BC - p185
11. BC vs. the Warlock - p186
12. The Peril of BC - p186
13. BC and the Mysterious Ghost - p187
14. BC and Quentin's Demon - p188
15. BC and the Gypsy Witch - p188
16. B, Q and the Mummy's Curse - p188
17. B, Q and the Avenging Ghost - p242
18. B, Q and the Nightmare Assassin - p244
19. B, Q and the Crystal Coffin
20. B, Q and the Witch's Curse
21. B, Q and the Haunted Cave
22. B, Q and the Frightened Bride
23. B, Q and the Scorpio Curse
24. B, Q and the Serpent
25. B, Q and the Magic Potion
26. B, Q and the Body Snatchers
27. B, Q and Dr. Jekyll's Son
28. B, Q and the Grave Robbers
29. B, Q and the Sea Ghost
30. B, Q and the Mad Magician
31. B, Q and the Hidden Tomb
32. B, Q and the Vampire Beauty
33. House of Dark Shadows - p241
ROB STAEGER: p189
NEWSPAPER STRIPS: p241
Ooh! For a while now, I have been alluding to a favorite scene of mine between Barnabas and Devlin. I thought that episode was 301, but I just realized it's actually 293. the episode breaks down like this: Barnabas & Willie; Vicki & Burke; Barnabas & Burke. when you get to the "Barnabas & Burke" part, be sure to give it your undivided attention. We'll call this "Barnabas vs. Burke - Round Two." (I guess 301 will be "Round Three.")
Will do! I'm almost there!
I've seen through episode 293 now, and MAN, do they not like each other! Burke going right after Barnabas for his weird old-fashionedness and his mysterious past, and Barnabas talking about Burke's dead eyes and going after Burke's own past -- which Burke deflects as intentionally mysterious. The difference between them, Burke thinks, is that Burke never hides that he has something to hide, while Barnabas is pretending to be an open book -- but all the pages are blank.
Naturally, Vicki is eating up Barnabas's old-fashioned charm with a spoon.
Meanwhile, whenever Willie gets into a 2-person conversation with Barnabas, I feel like I'm watching a Tennessee Williams play. Barnabas is kind of a hothouse flower with a high temper, and Willie keeps needling, needling, needling him.
Also: I'm assuming the house Vicki has her eye on is going to become important, and possibly a new regular set.
And in the previous episode, Sarah tells David that Maggie is alive. So far, the doctors, Barnabas, Willie, Sarah and David know she's alive, and I suspect more will know soon.
Plus: We haven't had a whole lot of coffee talk since Maggie went bananas, but Vicki and Burke sure do their best to make up[ for it in 293!
I'm glad you appreciate this episode as much as I. A while ago you mentioned that Burke hadn't played as big of a role in the overall storyline after Roger's confession and I said he'd have a more prominent role in a story to come. This is the one I was alluding to. You also mentioned you haven't warmed up to Anthony George as much as Mitch Ryan. I agree (in fact, I can't help but imagine how Ryan would have handled these scenes), but (IMO) this is the height of George's performance as Burke Devlin.
"I'm assuming the house Vicki has her eye on is going to become important, and possibly a new regular set."
Well, yes and no.
We've seen characters recast (Sam Evans, Matthew Morgan, Burke Devlin), but this is the only time I can think of in which a set is recast. In the series of paperbacks, there are many, many houses and buildings on or near the Collins' estate (even a chapel in one book), but in the TV show not so much. I was going to post something about it in an episode or two anyway, but since you asked...
The actual name of the mansion used to represent Collinwood is Seaview Terrance, and the house Vicki has her eye on borrows that name. We see it as one exterior photo and one set. In a later storyline, Dr. Eric Lang moves into a house in the vicinity, and a different photo is used and and a different set is built. Later still, Nicholas Blair rents a house and the photo and sets from Lang's occupancy are repurposed. [You need not concern yourself about who Dr. Lang and Nicholas Blair are; it's not important and I won't be revealing any spoilers.]
I don't think the houses are necessarily intended to be the same, but there is an audio story, The House by the Sea, which establishes that they are, and that the house has as mysterious a background as Collinwood itself. The 18th century murderess Danielle Roget lived there, and Caleb Collins attached a rider to the deed that the house could not be sold outside the family for 100 years. So, yes, there is some importance to the house, but it won't really come to light for many years to come.
It's always kind of bugged me that the house was called "Collinwood" and not "Collinswood".
My younger brother's name was Colin. When he started school, some students on hearing his name would then call him either "Collinswood" or "Barnabas Collins."
Oh, that's fantastic!
And as for Seaview Terrace, given that the murderess was named Danielle Roget, perhaps is best to think of the various houses as synonyms of each other?
"My name is Doctor Hmmm? Though the skies are blue, a cool chill settles on Collinwood this summer afternoon..."