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120. The Magic Mousetrap

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/7/15 5:53 pm
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The Celestial Toymaker returns in 'The Magic Mousetrap', written by Matthew Sweet, a dark, creepy, and tense psychological thriller. This story has everything: a decent plot, interesting characters, and plenty of surrealism. The kind of environment that Sylvester's Doctor would thrive in. If he could remember anything. In an old asylum in the Alps, game obsessed patients are playing games and trying to remember. There are lots of other characters in this, as well. It's only at the end that you begin to realise the importance of these characters. Ace and Hex are having a chance to play role reversal by manipulating the Doctor.

After hearing some of his earlier appearances for Big Finish, it's good to hear McCoy give such great performances and really embracing the role. This really was made for Sylvester; by that, I mean it's surreal and still, realistic rather than wacky. This is the perfect synthesis of Sylvester's performance, Sweet's writing; combined with the tone to make an utterly memorable audio production.

The final note, in this Puzzle, is a sad one. This is as challenging as 'Scherzo' and just as enjoyable. Matthew Sweet has written a fair few times for the 'Jago and Litefoot' series, and like this they are usually dark psychological affair. It feels like possible Big Finish has discovered the next Rob Shearman, yet he hasn't written for the main range since this story and that's possibly the most puzzling thing about this. 9
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/3/15 5:17 am
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This is a jewel in the crown especially when it comes down to the good old No.7. A much more rounded and ethereal performance with this one. The material itself lending itself wonderfully well to the audio platform, mainly in part due to the premise that the Dr as instigated a plan to rid the universe of one of his older adversaries at the expense of his own coherence and that of everyone else. In some part ACE and HEX involved with the bigger plan. Celestial Toy Maker is a evil of old, and has been the torment of the Doctor for some time. Interestingly enough we are greeted with what we think is a mental sanatorium in the hills of the Swiss country side near to Davos. The Doctor awakens in a cable car being transported to the summit to begin his rest and treatment, we soon discover a collection of eccentric performers from cabaret to music hall, all participating in parlour games to while away the hours between EST. I loved this in a macabre way. I actually ended up listening to it several times, picking up little nuisances each time. Performances that stand out for me on this are from Nadim Sawalha, but I am a bit of sucker for an accent which is so interestingly different, against the canvas of the more expected Anglo Europeans ones, and it added to the intrigue. I must admit that I listened to this as the snow fell down outside and it certainly added to the interest and added to the overall allure of the work. I especially love the crashing falling of the end part which tied up the strands of the story to perfection.
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Reviewed By: SibariteReview Date: 1/3/13 5:38 pm
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How surprising that this was so good! The only complaint could be that i found it a tad long as most of the first 3 episodes is largely just filled with weird events and even stranger dialogue and characters but it fits perfectly with the appearance of the "surprise" villain and the resolution. Creepy, scary and insane - perfect 7th Doctor material.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 8/9/12 8:12 pm
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There is a lot of emphasis in the reversal of roles in this one. Rather than the traditional tale of the Doctor manipulating Ace and/or Hex we find them manipulating him in a situation he doesn't understand. It sounds grand that the roles are reversed, but in trth there is no role reversal at all, as in either case it is the listener being deceived and that stays true here so there is no real difference for us.

This one gets your attention right from the title. "The Magic Mousetrap" a combination of the magic mountain and Agetha Christie's Moustrap. Being unfamiliar with the former I found hmyself disappointed that the mystery writer had been removed from the story. What we were left with was a macabre dance of madness as the Celestial toymaker was slowly revealed as the villain of the piece. Perhaps it was madness to bring back a lost character, but it worked well.

The real madness though was in the inclusion of a character that did not speak in an audio play. The genius of it was that the character was well developed, likeable and interesting.

All put together this is a good story and wonderfully acted. When you get past the cliched madness at the start, the final two parts are extremely good.
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