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” 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

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 Mystery at Crucifix Heights - 179
The Mystery of La Danse Macabre - 179
The Mystery of Flight 493 - 180
The Mystery of Karmina Sonata - 180

Trio - 180
Honeymoon from Hell - 180
Retreat -180
1:53 AM - 180

The Girl Beneath the Water - 180
The Sand That Speaks HIs Name - 180
The Hollow Winds That Beckon
The Paper to the Flame


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



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Like Tracy said, you're asking all the right questions (rhetorical, I assume).

There are seven weeks left to go in the 1795 storyline.

We should pool our resources and start a "Go Fund Me" page to buy Seaview Terrace

Definitely! That place is amazing!

I've now seen through episode 427. Episode 426 focuses on Millicent, who seems more than a little suicidal -- telling Ben she wants this day marked as the date of her death on her grave -- but that might be a metaphor for the death of her innocence, thanks to Nathan's scoundrelry. (Let's pretend that's a word.) She meets Barnabas near Jeremiah's grave, but he disappears before she can question him...or, as she tells Joshua and Naomi, to ask him to fight for her honor in a duel with Nathan. (And, specifically, to kill him.)

Episode 427 focuses on Vicki, as a quick trial is sprung on her...apparently to get it done before the devil can help her out. Naomi is forbidden from testifying on her behalf, but Abigail & Natalie testify against her as Rev. Hatch leads the prosecution. There's a point where Vicki's alleged to be in two places at once, and Peter confesses that he let Vicki out of jail, and they entered the room through a secret passage, not supernatural means. This doesn't help, because it's a witch trial, and all evidence gets twisted to point toward the foregone witch.

Later, Peter talks with Vicki and she tells him that Ben Stokes knows she's not the witch... and Peter decides to try to talk to Ben to see what he can say, and if there's something he's prevented from saying. 

"(Let's pretend that's a word.)"

Yes, but is it a noun or an adjective?

I'll just come right out and say it: Peter Bradford is the worst "lawyer" ever

He's pretty bad... but is he worse than Barry Zuckerkorn or Bob Loblaw?

I've seen up through episode 430 now. So we've seen Joshua blow up on Nathan Forbes, and then go to the cemetery and discover Barnabas in his coffin! We've seen Ben dig Josette's grave, for QUITE a long time! We've seen Peter pressure Ben to testify, and Abigail pressure Ben to testify... but for two different sides! And we've seen Barnabas bring Josette back from the dead, even though she says he'll regret it, and then she lifts her veil, and.....eeeurrrgh.

And boy, it seems like Millicent is going goth on us. And when she talks with Peter, he tells her Barnabas is dead... but did he know that? I can't remember if he's among the few people who know he didn't go to England. Although Vicki knew, so she might have told him...

"I've seen up through episode 430 now."

We've pulled ahead of you again. (We're up to 434.) I like to absorb these episodes in daily doses as they were intended. Then again, you probably have a life.

It's been a really busy one these last few weeks, I'm afraid. Things should open up again soon.

I've seen through episode 432 now. 

Here's a surprise! Daniel wants to run away from Collinwood. Here's another surprise: Daniel exists! I can't remember if we saw David Hennessy in the role already, but I'm pretty sure he was mentioned when Millicent arrived, and I expected to see him with Sarah. But we never did.

Ben tries to shoo Daniel away from the Old House, where Barnabas has decided to put up stakes. (Get it? I slay me.) But Daniel mentions seeing Ben to Abigail, who goes snooping around and finds Barnabas's coffin. And then OH LORD, does he lay into her! Barnabas, dead, finally speaks his mind, telling her that Abigail Angelique was the witch all along, and calling her a gullible fool. It's glorious. We never see him actually kill her, but her bares his fangs, and later she turns up dead in the woods, found by Daniel, Naomi, and the Reverend. 

And may I just say I *love* the underlying logic of this plot! A lot of people are aware of witchcraft, but jump to the wrong conclusion. But it leads them to snoop, based on MORE wrong conclusions -- the most recent being Abigail assuming Vicki's book was in the Old House. But meanwhile, their assumed culprit is the wrong person, and some of the dots they're connecting don't even come from the witch, but a second, unknown, force, working in the shadows! More suspense shows -- supernatural or not -- should use that sort of setup.

"I can't remember if we saw David Hennessy in the role already"

We have not.. although when Millicent and Daniel were first mentioned, you predicted Nancy Barrett and David Hennessy in the roles. Do you recall your prediction for Ben stokes' ultimate fate? (heh, heh, heh...)

"Abigail was the witch all along"

Angelique. (Although...)

Oh, wow, I don't remember what I said about Ben at all! Gonna go look...

ah, I found it! "Too bad he's doomed." 

I wonder if I'm right on this? I'm betting I'm not. I've seen the movie, and he plays a Professor Stokes in that, probably Ben's descendent. In which case... does he get married? Maybe to Millicent? I can't think of anyone else onstage he could marry, unless Vicki sticks around -- but I doubt that'll happen.

"I wonder if I'm right on this?"

You're both right... and wrong. (I shouldn't have said anything.)

I've now seen through episode 434. Barnabas gets a few days off as the focus shifts to Vicki's trial. The Reverend coerces Nathan into doing an about-face and providing damning testimony against Vicki in exchange for putting in a word about him to Jacob (who eventually relents and agrees to not write to the navy as long as Nathan requests a transfer immediately). Meanwhile, Naomi can't take any more -- she's going to testify for Vicki, even if that means leaving Jacob Joshua and Collinwood to do it!

And speaking of Naomi, Joan Bennet is the main character in a new podcast! You Must Remember This's Karina Longworth is producing Love is a Crime for Vanity Fair, a podcast that looks at the murderous love affair between Bennet and her husband, Walter Wanger, in the 1940s. Featuring Zooey Deschanel as Joan and John Hamm as Walter. I haven't listened to it yet, but I know it'd be of interest here. 


See what happens when you don't watch an episode every day?We'll wait for you at 438.

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