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3.10 - The Magician's Oath

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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 7/6/16 12:45 pm
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3rd Doctor, Jo, Mike and The Brig(told by Mike)
A classic who story, with a lot of death, and destruction, and the acting was incredible in parts of it.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/14/15 4:31 pm
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'The Magician's Oath', by Scot Hancock, is a full of creative ideas and evocative writing. Many years after leaving Unit Jo Grant has decided to track down Mike to reminisce over old times, and hand over an alien item that was never catalogued at the time. Back in the early seventies, an alien force was wreaking havoc with freak blizzards and everything revolved around a street magician called Diamond Jack.

Richard Franklin narrates as Mike Yates, and while he lacks the vocal dexterity to pull off convincing impersonations of fellow actors his clipped tones are reminiscent of an officer and he gives Mike Yates an authoritative tone. Even though, Mike is the man of action that the story centres on, mainly, it's the character of Diamond Jack who really gives this impetus. Michael Chance, as the chilling Diamond Jack, is equally superb and gives a suitably dynamic performance for a character who is shown as a villain, then transitions to a lost soul before returning to more malevolent ways. Actually, I would have liked it more if he hadn't turned back to being evil but instead became a character we could have had sympathy for, a victim of circumstance.

It's also well-paced with an emotive story, evocative writing; understated music. It's not the best Companions Chronicle, but it has everything that makes them great.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 7/2/15 1:24 pm
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This is based around the third Doctor era, and is told and narrated through the eyes of Mike Yates from Unit. It tells a tale which may well have been one of those that never made it to the BBC to be made into a TV third Doctor adventure, but, I found this entertaining nevertheless, in fact in some instances the intensity of the story telling from the point of view of Richard Franklin's story telling adds more to the tale in the shape of it being just Audio. The main thrust of the the story is of a strange occurrence of winter like weather and storms effecting the center of London in the middle of summer. in fact they have spread to the underground as well, which is more than odd, eventually however the Doctor is persuaded to take a look, what unravels is a strange, very left of center story, of alien entities being part of the whole going's on.

The Companion Chronicles themselves offer the fans a chance to hear stories that we would not have seen, or even known about, it explores the area of all that additional story telling that could have been told had we have had the time. This release is I feel one of the most comparable to an actual third Doctor story and so for me this albeit with just Richard Franklin and Micheal Chance provides one of the most entertaining of this third season of releases.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/12/15 5:46 am
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This is a story that was really just fair in the way it turned out. This one features a story told from the point of view of Mike Yates (Richard Franklin) early in his days at UNIT. UNIT is investigating a series of strange incident including a freak snow storm that left many dead. Yates and Jo investigate when they fear a street magician is behind it only to discover he's far more than an ordinary magician.

The tone of the episode is off and it's not helped by the performance of Franklin. Franklin is trying to convey some of the sense of sadness and regret over his life in the aftermath of what happened with his betrayal of the Doctor and Unit in Season 11 and about something that appears to have happened during Season 9 and the events of the story itself just don't seem to bare out Yates' tone about them. The story has an interesting premise but just doesn't deliver for me The main presence seems to be Yates stumbling into Unit thirty years after he left and telling this story very depressed and then bemoaning his lot in life. This script didn't do much for me at all.
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