Thursday, 24 November 2011

Doctor Who Companion Chronicles 6.03 - The Memory Cheats

Zoe Herriot


Zoe Heriot - Wendy Padbury
Jen - Charlie Hayes


"Zoe Heriot remembers everything. But she remembers nothing. 

A genius with instant recall, Zoe’s mind has been purged of her memories of travelling with the Doctor and Jamie in the TARDIS. And years later she is in deep trouble – prosecuted by the mysterious company that has evidence that she has travelled in Space and Time.

Except Zoe knows they’re wrong.

Aren’t they?

But if that’s the case, why is there proof that Zoe was in Uzbekistan in 1919.

Can the memory cheat?"


It's a tricky one this. I really wanted to like it because Zoe is a great character with a lot of clever storytelling potential, and the set up of it with Zoe being questioned about her time with The Doctor is good. She can't remember this herself due to memory blocks placed by the Timelords but with the help of documents and things, her interrogator works with Zoe to regain her memories. This part of the story is great and has a fantastic conclusion, and it's generally these vehicles in which the companion stories are told which are the most interesting parts. Unfortunately in this case, the story told by Zoe and her interrogator isn't all that interesting and really drags at times. This would have worked much better as a shorter story focusing more on the interactions between the two characters rather than the story they're telling.


0/7 - Non-existant
1/7 - As bad as you can get
2/7 - Poor
3/7 - Quite poor / too many poor points / didn't like it
3.5/7 - Neither good nor bad / undecided
4/7 - Quite good / plenty of good points / liked it
5/7 - Good
6/7 - As good as you can get
7/7 - Impossible perfection

Written by: Simon Guerrier
Directed by: Lisa Bowerman
Produced by: Big Finish
Released: September 2011