In Review: Big Finish: The Confessions of Dorian Gray: The Spirits of Christmas

Ho! Ho! Ho! Have a very gothic Christmas, courtesy of Dorian Gray.

Synopsis: Inspired by Oscar Wilde‘s classic story of hedonism and corruption, The Confessions of Dorian Gray imagines a world where Dorian Gray was real, and his friendship with Oscar Wilde once spawned the notorious novel.

Starring Alexander Vlahos as Dorian Gray, The Spirits of Christmas comprises two hour-long festive episodes, pitching Dorian against a slew of festive horrors.

Desperately Seeking Santa by Tim Leng

December, 2015. When an intruder breaks into his home in the dead of night, Dorian Gray is more than a little surprised to discover that Santa Claus himself is trying to kill him. Can he track down Father Christmas before the big day – or is the slay ride just beginning?

All Through the House by Alan Flanagan

Christmas Eve, 2015. When Dorian and Toby check into a mysterious hotel, nothing is quite as it seems. Ghosts of the past are trapped in the present, threatening their future – and nothing can ever be the same again…

PLUS! The release also includes a bonus disc of behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew and additional material – exclusive to!

Note: The Confessions of Dorian Gray contains adult material and is not suitable for younger listeners.

Review: Ho! Ho! Ho! Have a very gothic Christmas, courtesy of Dorian Gray. The two interlinked stories by Tim Leng and Alan Flanagan were chock full of roasted plot chestnuts. However, listeners don’t partake of these stories for originality, but for the performances — for the spirit behind the storytelling. That spirit was particularly strong in stars Alexander Vlahos and Hugh Skinner. As good as they were, however, four guest actors stole the double bill. The first was Colin McFarlane as The Narrator, who played an awesome variation of Fear on Four’s The Man in Black. The second was the eternally awesome David Warner as a serial killing Santa Claus. Seriously, his take on that iconic character was worth the price alone. The third was Katy Manning as Isadora Rigby, in what to avoid spoilers I’ll call a multi-faceted role. I’m saving the fourth for last for a reason. Gabriel Woolf has been typecast in the most superb way possible as The Man Upstairs. All in all, this was exactly how to celebrate a holiday built around the birth of a man who died in agony with nails in his flesh, who would go on to become immortal.

You can purchase The Spirits of Christmas here:

Producer: Scott Handcock

Written by: Tim Leng and Alan Flanagan

Directed by: Scott Handcock

Script Editor: David Llewellyn

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Written By: Tim Leng, Alan Flanagan

Directed By: Scott Handcock


Alexander Vlahos (Dorian Gray), Guy Adams (Peter Jameson), Sophie Aldred (Sally Jameson), Tom Allen (Camberwell Haines), Samantha Béart (Catherine), David Blackwell (Simon Darlow), Lisa Bowerman (The Woman in the Woods), Jacqueline King (First Neighbour), Bruno Langley (Ben), Tim Leng (Second Neighbour), Colin McFarlane (The Narrator), Katy Manning (Isadora Rigby), Sarah Ovens (Teddy Quigley), Sakuntala Ramanee (Stella), Miles Richardson (Harry Wotton), Laura Riseborough (Holly), Hugh Skinner (Tobias Matthews), Bianca Stephens (Newsreader), David Warner (Santa Claus), Gabriel Woolf (The Man Upstairs)

Big Finish: The Confessions of Dorian Gray: The Spirits of Christmas
  • Performances
  • Some old plot chestnuts
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  • Audio Production

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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