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1.2 - Mission to Magnus

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/6/15 3:06 pm
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Let's start at the beginning, Anzor, more Viking than Timelord. The man is an idiot who can't pilot his Tardis properly and despite his boorish behaviour the Timelords in their infinite wisdom have elected to have represent them in the affairs with other worlds. He pops in and out of the story to drag things down to pantomime level, and reduce the Doctor to a cowering wreck? I have no problem with the Doctor being scared, but from Anzor? How Philip Martin ever turned out something like Vengeance on Varos is beyond me.

Anzor's appearing and reappearing is a good example of how this feels like a number of short stories strung together. The Ice Warriors are sort of tacked on the end, you have the natives of the planet warring with their neighbours and then in the middle of it all is Sil who is easily the best thing about all this. I have to say there is some bizarre dialogue in this and the best is Sil's line: "The despised creature who owns every last woolly jumper on the planet!" Coupled with the Ice Warriors being equipped with equipment they can't grasp (supposed sonic but sounding more like flame throwers) it's part of what makes this utter B-Movie schlock. I never thought I would say this but it looks like we dodged a bullet with 'Mindwarp'.

The situation has arisen because of a war between planets. Why are they at war? What threat does the other pose? There is no back story, but the two incompetent bunglers that represent their neighbours are hardly a credulous threat to anything other than consciousness. The Ice Warriors on the other hand sound suitably menacing, although they are clearly for nostalgia value more than anything. The idea of altering the orbit of planets by letting nuclear bombs is just not possible (I won't bore you with the reasons why), but then there is the neighbouring planets inhabitants wanting to take the women of Magnus for their wives in a final scene that makes Prison in Space look tasteful.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/8/15 9:43 pm
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This story is quite a bit less dark than the two Philip Martin stories which made it to television.

The good:

Sil. Once again that greedy character that predates Star Trek is back and with a little effort Nabil Shaban steps right back into the role he played twenty-five years before with all the eccentricity that made Sil so great on television. He's as amoral and entertaining as ever.

This is also another fine performance for Colin Baker as the Doctor. His scene waking up under hypnosis is one of the best scenes of the story.

The story's "women rule the world" sub-theme calls to mind another lost story, Prison in Space. The approach of this story is more interesting given that women's taken over was as a result of natural causes and nothing pre-planned. It covers some of the themes, but the women feel far more sympathetic and are taken more seriously which is a reflection that this story was written more than fifteen years later.

A light touch, a comedic feel that makes the story enjoyable in spite of its flaws including a pseudo-science solution which was the silliest thing I've heard in a Sixth Doctor story since the Twin Dilemma.

The Bad:

Child actors in this were a bit off, though perhaps it was because they weren't used to radio.

Also the romance/courtship between two worlds at the end was so fast it'd make the average romance writer thing it was a bit extreme.

The idea of the Doctor having had been bullied is played for a weird sort of comedy. It's odd that after hundreds of years, he still finds this bully scary. It's even more bizarre that after the adventure he stands up to the bully for no particular reason other than that's how these stories are suppose to play out.

Mixed bag:

The Ice Warriors have a great plan but don't make a great villain for the Doctor. We do see how the original Season 23 continued many of the themes of Season 22 with nostalgic return of old villains.



Overall, this story was entertaining. It's certainly not great but manages to recreate the feel of a fun 1980s story, and it's hard not to love a story with Sil.

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Reviewed By: Stuart ClowesReview Date: 1/29/15 3:12 pm
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Some clumsy sexual politics and questionable comedy drags this one down.
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Reviewed By: GcookscotlandReview Date: 10/30/13 12:29 pm
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I liked this story, it was great to listen to a story with Sil and the parts of the story that contain him are great. The story has good and bad sections but the sound and feel of the story felt like a good old classic Colin Baker story.
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