It was the third team-up between the the Sixth Doctor and Mel characters since their turn on television. It was notable for providing the first substantial details about Mel's family and general back story in performed Doctor Who. It was also unusual for not having a "villain" per se, and no real alien presence at all. Because of this, and its setting in 2003 and 1782, it was a "pure historical", even at the time of its release. The main "enemy" in the piece is actually the concept of the Grandfather Paradox, and the Doctor's efforts to retrieve Mel from her family's past history without causing damage to Mel's personal timeline.
Publisher's summary Edit
When the Doctor and Mel visit the National Foundation for Scientific Research as it celebrates its centenary, Mel expects only to be able to catch up with her uncle. She doesn't expect to meet her own ancestors...
What is buried in the grounds of the Foundation?
What secret has Henry Hallam kept from his descendants for three hundred years?
Can Mel escape her own past?
Visiting your relatives can sometimes be trying, but surely it should never be this difficult?
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- The Doctor - Colin Baker
- Melanie Bush - Bonnie Langford
- Dr. John Hallam - Derek Benfield
- Dr. Wallace - Michael Chance
- Henry Hallam - Keith Drinkel
- Professor David Munro - Ian Fairburn
- Rachel - Rhiannon Meades
- Mrs McGregor - Jillie Meers
- The Doctor has a pill he picked up as a hangover cure from Zanthas IV which successfully counteracts the effects of laudanum.
- The name is an obvious pun on Catch-22, a book published in 1961.
- The implication of the initial interior TARDIS scene is that Mel insisted that the Doctor change his outfit to attend the centenary celebration at the National Foundation for Scientific Research, and that he testily obeyed. Thus he likely was not wearing his traditional multi-coloured outfit for this adventure. However, the audio never makes clear exactly what he changed into, though the celebration was described as a "black tie affair."
- This audio drama was recorded on 25 and 26 October 2004 at The Moat Studios.
- Official Catch-1782 page at bigfinish.com
- DisContinuity for Catch-1782 at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide