Big Finish Review – Dark Shadows 27 – “Operation Victor”

“As the saying goes, all’s fair in love and war.”

Immortal wanderer Quentin Collins has done his best to stay on the sidelines of the Second World War, but now he’s been recruited by the British Secret Service. His mission: to infiltrate the castle of Professor Moloch in the heart of the Black Forest.

For the Third Reich is hiding a dark secret – Moloch has been dabbling in the occult, and he’s reached out to some very dark forces indeed.

Will Quentin be able to stop him? And does dashing agent Sally Green have a score of her own to settle?

STARRING: David Selby (Quentin Collins), Terry Molloy (Doctor Moloch), Fay Masterson (Sally Green) with Alex Mallinson and Joseph Lidster

I haven’t watched much in the way of the TV series Dark Shadows. There are more than 1200 episodes, after all, and most of us don’t have that much time. Fortunately, I have a friend who does have that much time, and he’s been telling me about the show as he goes. So I’ve gained at least a certain level of knowledge. As it turned out, to enjoy this particular story, I didn’t even need that much, since the writers tell us everything we need to know as we go along.

The story is basically as the summary describes. It was good, solid entertainment and filled with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. As it unfolds we’re told all we need to know about Quentin Collins (he’s a former werewolf and current immortal). The other characters, Sally Green and Doctor Moloch, appear to be unique to this particular story, so I don’t think they factor into the larger continuity.

So as someone who is coming into this story almost completely as a Dark Shadows virgin, allow me to say that I enjoyed it greatly. Quentin was an interesting character, and Selby does an excellent job playing him. I also really liked Fay Masterson, but the one who stole the story was Terry Molloy. He’s best known as Davros from the 1980s Doctor Who stories and from a bunch of audios. He has a ham-tacular time with this story, and there’s a scene where he really channels Davros to great effect.

This is my first Dark Shadows story, and I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to many more!


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