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5. Smoke and Mirrors

The Doctor answers a psionic distress call being sent from England in the 1920s. There, in the environs of a fairground, he is reunited with an old friend: Harry Houdini. To Adric and Nyssa the name means very little, but to the Doctor’s companion Tegan he is a legend. Escape artist extraordinaire, Houdini’s reputation will last for decades.

But how come Harry knows so much about Tegan herself? Is it really just guesswork, as he says? Is Harry right to be concerned about the fairground’s fortune teller, who claims to have supernatural skills? Both he and the Doctor suspect an alien influence they know of old.

What neither the Doctor nor his friends realise is that, somewhere in the shadows, a far more sinister and familiar presence is lying in wait for them…
Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka), Tim Beckmann
Written By
Directed By
John Ainsworth


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Review By komodo
Rated 7/10 on 9/24/13 3:40 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
The full cast audios with three companions are busy and often ineffective, but this story has three companions with only one voice. Janet does a good job reading it, but for her to do Teegan. Nyssa, Adric and the Doctor is probably a bit much, so the story lacked the symplicity of the single companion stories that weant before it.
The plot involving Houdini being the doctor's old friend and coming under alien influence seemed forced.
There were some fun moments though; Adric running away from a tiger and hiding on a park ride for example. Also, the story did make use of Adric's mathematical knowledge and also paid respect to Nyssa's background, but these are all bits of a messy whole.
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