‘IT TAKE A THIEF’ (LC)
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The French Riviera with Lady Christina and Ivo
I still think a ‘Doctor Who’ series with the Tenth Doctor and Lady Christina would be fantastic!
Lady Christina de Souza – the smart, sassy, sexy cat-burglar from the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘Planet of the Dead’! I don’t know what it is, but I find Lady Christina a very easily likeable and appealing character. Even though she did just one ‘Doctor Who’ TV episode, she’s a pretty popular character. 🙂
Michelle Ryan owns the character so well with her charm and sassiness. It’s no surprise that Big Finish have given her more life since that 2009 Easter Special. As well as doing one of ‘The Tenth Doctor Chronicles’ called ‘Last Chance’, she also has her own audio spin-off series – ‘Lady Christina’!
I wanted to get this audio series due to my liking for Michelle Ryan as Lady Christina, but also to prepare for a future ‘Doctor Who’ Short Trip I have in mind to include her in. I was looking forward to hearing these audio episodes and to discover more what makes Lady Christina tick as a character!
I purchased the Series 1 CD box set of ‘Lady Christina’ from Big Finish whilst also purchasing something else – something Nyssa-related for your info. 😀 As well as Michelle Ryan as Lady Christina, Series 1 also features Warren Brown, Jacqueline King and Christopher Ryan. Very exciting!
Series 1 of ‘Lady Christina’ is a 5-disc CD box set. There are four episodes on each of the first four discs and there’s a behind-the-scenes documentary on Disc 5. The four episodes are ‘It Takes A Thief’, ‘Skin Deep’, ‘Portrait of a Lady’ and ‘Death on the Mile’. All four directed by Helen Goldwyn! 😀
I wondered how this spin-off series would portray Lady Christina as a character without the Doctor around. Would she cause trouble with being a cat-burglar? Or would she fight more wrongs in the world she lives in on the Doctor’s behalf? I was looking forward to finding this out in these episodes!
The first episode of this series is ‘It Takes A Thief’ by John Dorney. John Dorney has written plenty of ‘Doctor Who’ audio episodes over the years. And without a doubt, he never fails to disappoint here.
I enjoyed ‘It Takes A Thief’ very much. I like how it sets up Lady Christina’s character in the series, especially in terms of how she tackles cat burglaries and what she does once tackling alien threats. 🙂
In this episode, Lady Christina happens to be in the French Riviera. It’s the ideal place for Christina where she can steal rich pickings at luxurious hotels and such. That’s exactly what occurs in this tale.
One of the hotel guests, Matt Barber as Ivo Fraser-Cannon, arrives at the hotel to have his wallet stolen by two bike riders. Very soon, Lady Christina arrives via car and offers to help dear Ivo out. 😀
I love how Lady Christina interacts with Ivo in the episode upon first meeting. She flirts with him whilst also tolerating his silliness at times. It was so easy to visualise that in an action-packed setting.
Ivo was an interesting character to listen to in the episode. He sounds almost like Bertie Wooster according to Lady Christina apparently. But it turns out it’s not as it seems to be since it’s all an act. 🙂
Apparently, Ivo has a special kind of ring that he’s looking after. It’s kept in a safe and it belongs to her grandmother. Christina clearly sets her eyes on the ring when she is flirting with Ivo in this story.
Just to go off on a tangent, I love the theme music for the ‘Lady Christina’ series composed by Wilfredo Acosta. It sounds very action-packed and it’s almost like a 1960s spy series for Lady Christina. 🙂
Whilst Christina enjoys the high-life in the episode, she discovers that someone is trying to frame her for murder. Apparently a robbery took place at the French Riviera hotel she is staying in a night ago.
The police investigator in charge, Cristina Barreiro as Flavia Santos, quickly accuses Lady Christina for committing the murder. I like how Christina’s pretty cool throughout Flavia’s accusations against her.
It was quite a surprise when it turned out that Flavia Santos was actually the villain of the piece. I like how Christina works it out, especially in the final confrontation she has with Flavia once unveiled. 😀
The episode also features Holly Jackson Walters as Carla, a French maid for Lady Christina at the hotel she’s at. I like Carla since she almost sounds like an Alfred to Christina in her own audio series.
I wish Carla was like a long-lasting ally to Lady Christina throughout her audio series. Both her and Ivo become essential in the mystery-solving that Christina undertakes with revealing the true culprit.
The episode introduces Warren Brown as Sam Bishop in the ‘Lady Christina’ series. Sam is a U.N.I.T. member and has been in ‘U.N.I.T. – The New Series’ by Big Finish. This was the first time I heard him.
The episode does feature ‘the mighty 200’ double-decker bus that Christina took off in at the end of ‘Planet of the Dead’. I was thrilled to hear that in the episode as I love Christina’s ‘mighty 200’ bus. 🙂
Apparently, Flavia Santos wanted to steal the technology the Doctor augmented to the bus from ‘Planet of the Dead’. I did enjoy how Ivo drove the bus whilst Christina and Flavia fought each other.
I liked the references made to the Doctor by Lady Christina when she’s talking to Ivo. Like ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’ and ‘Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon’, ‘Lady Christina’ is more ‘Who’-friendly. 🙂
I’ve noticed how most of the episode features Lady Christina in scene after scene. This isn’t like cutting to another set of characters in an episode. I’m happy it was all Christina-focused throughout.
The episode concludes with Lady Christina escaping in her ‘mighty 200’ bus and stealing the ring off Ivo without him even realising it. Ivo is in awe as Christina exits, saying “What a wonderful woman!”
‘It Takes A Thief’ is a very good opening episode by John Dorney to the ‘Lady Christina’ series. I loved Michelle Ryan’s performance as Lady Christina and it’s geared me to hear more in the rest of the series.
‘It Takes A Thief’ (LC) rating – 9/10
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