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

SEASON ONE:
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

DRAMATIC READINGS:

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
Retreat -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

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Dark Shadows: The One Where Willie Opens the Tomb

(Note: They don't seem to be doing slates, anymore, so I won't be able to keep track of the dates.)

1)"I'm a curious guy." "Yes, you're curious, alright."

2)Willie's perseverant, you can't deny that. Dumber than a sackful of doorknobs, but perseverant.

3)Hey, Willie, does the name "Renfield" mean anything to you?

4)You know, if I came across a chained coffin with a loud heartbeat, my first instinct would not be to open it.

5)Annnnd... we have vampire!
Dark Shadows:The One Where Jason Can't Find Willie

1)"Where's Waldo Willie?"

2)Obviously, Mrs. Johnson had the hots for Willie.

3)"Little does Jason know that Mrs. Johnson is secretly Racer X-Position!"

4)I think I'll try that on my job, wandering around, saying "Evil! Evil is here!"

5)Ah, it's showtime!
Dark Shadows:The One Where Elizabeth Meets Barnabas

1)"The Collins blood always had a certain persistent strength." "Also, it's lemon-flavored. Go figure."

2)"Another Collins, I can't tell you how pleased I am."

3)"Surely you'll stay for dinner?" Lady, you don't know what you're asking.

4)"I've talked to ghosts before." "Never seen a vampire, though, so that's one off the list. If I can get a werewolf and a gill-man, I'll have completed the Basic Monster-Spotter's Card."

5)He said "sunrise" enough times, that I was waiting for him to go, "..sunset. Old Age? Not yet."

6)I like the dissolve from the portrait to Barnabas.
TurningPoint said:
The Baron said:
Dark Shadows:The One Where Elizabeth Meets Barnabas

5)He said "sunrise" enough times, that I was waiting for him to go, "..sunset. Old Age? Not yet."
.

Actually, I believe the one annoying word that is overused in this soap is the word "must". You must! I must! He must! She must! We must! They must! You'll see as you continue to watch ...


I must!
Dark Shadows:The One Where Carolyn is Mad at People

1)Someone took Willie's clothes! Well, who cares?

2)"Do I smell orange blossoms?" "No, that's just my body wash, but thanks for noticing."

3)So, Burke was involved with Carolyn.

4)Wow, what a dum the Blue Whale is - it's right up there with Moe's Tavern in atmosphere.
Note: They don't seem to be doing slates, anymore, so I won't be able to keep track of the dates.

Yeah, they showed the slates only for the pre-Barnabas episodes; I’ll add the overall episode number (not the 1967 episode numner from the slates) to my responses for those following along at home.

Dark Shadows, aired 4/7/67 #205

“I almost killed a man." Too bad you didn't - your Uncle Roger could've given you tips on how to get it pinned on someone else.

You’re a funny man, Bob! :P

"Trust me again." You idiot.

See above. (To Elizabeth’s credit, she did say something along the lines of, “I trusted you once before and see where it got me!”)

I like the dramatic music stings.

Oh, yeah. Robert Colbert did the music for the series and even produced a hit or two. Josette’s music box is soon to become a fixture of the show, and I understand Quentin’s Theme (“Shadows of the Night”) actually charted. Music was used to great effect throughout the run of the show, but my personal favorites remain “#1 at the Blue Whale” and “#2 at the Blue Whale” (soundtrack available on CD).

And that's Barnabas Collins!" Barnabas looks dyspeptic.

Don’t worry, he’ll soon commission Sam Evans for a new portrait.

The portrait's alive!

I don’t care what anybody says, that’s a great way to introduce a new characters!

Dark Shadows, aired 4/10/67 #206

Hey, Willie regenerated!

Following in the footsteps of Matthew Morgan and Sam Evans, but preceding Burke Devlin and even Victoria Winters herself (who would regenerate twice). Dr. Woodard also regenerates twice, come to think of it.

"Judge not, lest ye be judged." Oh, you're no help at all.

Wait’ll you meet her 18th century counterpart.

"If anyone does her in, I want it to be me."

You can’t always get what you want.

"I think you better take your hands off me."

Won’t be long now.

Dark Shadows, aired 4/11/67 #207

New Willie got fumblemouth, too. It must be contagious.

Give him a break. It’s his second day on the job. He’s nervous.

"He's an ex-con?" I thought that was general knowledge.

Not to Willie, I guess.

Dark Shadows, aired 4/13/67 #208

Note: The tape goes from episode 72, aired 4/11/67, to episode 74, aired 4/13/67, so I seem to be missing an episode.

Naw, that’s just the way they numbered them. No show aired that day because the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists strike pre-empted it, but it was assigned an episode number anyway. Dark Shadows was to be pre-empted 20 times over the course of its four year run, and although the last one was numbered #1245, there are 1225 actual episodes.

I’ll mention, too, that, as with Doctor Who, many tapes are missing. Unlike Doctor Who, however, filmed black and white kinescope copies exist of all the missing episodes except one. (You’ve probably seen some of these already; it becomes more obvious when the show switches to color.) The one truly missing episode is available on DVD via an audio recording and still photographs.

Willie's good with kids, though.

Only when he’s playing them.

Why do vampires always have medals, anyhow?

The conceit of the show is that Barnabas is financially independent because he was buried with the family jewels… so to speak.

Was Barnabas big on drums?

Willie wishes it was drums!

Dark Shadows, aired 4/14/67 #209

"Somehow, you don't strike me as the reading type."

No duh!

"Eagle's Hill"?

“Eagle Hill,” actually, but they often mispronounce it.

I like the old caretaker.

He’s a recurring character. We first met him during the Phoenix storyline (and will see him again).

Dark Shadows: The One Where Willie Opens the Tomb #209 (a Friday cliffhanger, BTW)

Hey, Willie, does the name "Renfield" mean anything to you?

We’ve already established that Willie’s not much of a reader.

You know, if I came across a chained coffin with a loud heartbeat, my first instinct would not be to open it.

If Shakespeare had written Dark Shadows (there’s a thought!), Willie’s fatal flaw would have been greed.

Annnnd... we have vampire!

I’ll bet the kids who rushed home from school every day about peed their pants knowing they’d have to wait until Monday to learn what happened next!

Dark Shadows:The One Where Jason Can't Find Willie #210

This is the one where MPI begins their VHS/DVD collections. One can watch it from the vampire’s POV, but I think this sequence really starts with Jason (“…and Jason begat Willie and Willie begat Barnabas”).

I think I'll try that on my job, wandering around, saying "Evil! Evil is here!"

Lemme know how that works out for ya.

Dark Shadows:The One Where Elizabeth Meets Barnabas #211

"The Collins blood always had a certain persistent strength." "Also, it's lemon-flavored. Go figure."

Cool shot there, with the ring. Kinda sledge-hammery, but cool.

"Another Collins, I can't tell you how pleased I am."

I like this sequences as, day by day, one at a time, Barnabas meets the regular cast.

"Surely you'll stay for dinner?" Lady, you don't know what you're asking.

Ostensibly, family is off-limts… until they cross him, anyway. (Pun not intended.)

"I've talked to ghosts before."

This is the David scene in the Old House? David Hennesy kinda flubs his lines, put he recovers like a trooper.

I like the dissolve from the portrait to Barnabas.

Yeah, that’s pretty classy. You’ll see that a couple of more times. Like music, art (particularly portraits, but other pintings as well) play an important role in Dark Shadows. We’ve already seen Josette’s, Burke commissioned one, and Barnabas soon will. Sam Evans was kind of possessed to paint one of Laura Collins (the “Phoenix” in flames). Sam’s painting frequently figure into the plot, and in 1897, Charles Delaware Tate paints the Picture of Dorian Gray-type portrait of Quentin Collins. But I’m getting ahead of myself…

Dark Shadows:The One Where Carolyn is Mad at People #212

So, Burke was involved with Carolyn.

Only to the extent that he was using her for information. She had a thing for him, but she steps aside and Burke becomes Vicki’s romantic interest.

Wow, what a dump the Blue Whale is - it's right up there with Moe's Tavern in atmosphere.

What do you expect? It’s been there since Colonial Days. Used to be called The Beagle and had a big fireplace in the back.
Hey, Willie, does the name "Renfield" mean anything to you?

We’ve already established that Willie’s not much of a reader.


I did think of that, but he might've seen one of the movies. :)
(“…and Jason begat Willie and Willie begat Barnabas”).

Eww.
"Eww"? "Eww"? Don't you "eww" me! I let your remarks about Mrs. Johnson on "The One Where Jason Can't find willie" pass without comment (and I'm not sure what one of them even means!).
That's OK - I don't always know what I mean!
Jeff of Earth-J said:
"Eww"? "Eww"? Don't you "eww" me! I let your remarks about Mrs. Johnson on "The One Where Jason Can't find willie" pass without comment (and I'm not sure what one of them even means!).

Which one, by the way?
"Little does Jason know that Mrs. Johnson is secretly Racer X-Position!" I don't know what "Racer X-Postition" is and I don't wanna know!

I must say I used admirable restraint myself responding to episode #212. I almost said, "Burke was just pumping her for information... in a nice way, I mean."

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