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5. Smoke and Mirrors

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/13/15 6:41 am
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A solid story that has the Fifth Doctor along with Tegan, Nyssa, and Adric meeting up with Harry Houdini to investigate some strange goings on at a fair. There's hints from early on that things aren't quite right with Houdini from the beginning and these hints pay off very well later on.

The offers a nice character study of Houdini and how he'd relate to the Doctor. It also captures the spirit of the Season 19 regulars (although in a good way) with Adric wondering how humans share the planet with tigers and Tegan actually saving the day. Tegan and Adric are pointed out as "strong willed" which is actually a virtue in this story.

Overall, this is a very well-written and entertaining installment in this series.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 8/9/15 6:29 pm
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Smoke and Mirrors sees the Season 19 TARDIS team return to the 1920s where they meet Harry Houdini at a carnival where there is evil afoot. That already is a pairing I'd have loved to see on television and here Steve Lyons writes exceptionally well, except because it has the Fifth Doctor where bits of the story require the craftiness of the Seventh Doctor which is the main source of problem that I have with the story. It doesn't work for this Doctor to be the Doctor in the story yet the companions used fit the roles they need to perfectly. This is apparent in the beginning where Nyssa and Adric don't understand the entertainment of the twentieth century. Adric even gets to have common sense of how humans could survive on the planet surrounded by the wild animals such as lions, tigers and leopards. It also helps that it isn't Matthew Waterhouse but Janet Fielding performing Adric.
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 1/6/15 3:31 pm
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An atmospheric if slightly routine fifth doctor adventure. For a celebrity historical this takes a surprisingly nuanced and psychological look at Harry Houdini which delves deeper than this type of tale usually does. Janet Fielding does a sterling job of engaging the listener and overall makes this an engaging if not exactly earth-shattering adventure.
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