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1.2 - Mission to Magnus

Synopsis
The Lost Stories: Adventures that wereoriginally written for the Doctor Who television series but never made.Now available to hear for the first time…

The Doctor and Peri face enemies at every turn on the planet Magnus. There's the Time Lord bully Anzor, who made the Doctor's life hell during his time at the Academy. There's also Rana Zandusia, the matriarchal ruler of the planet, who seeks to prise the secret of time travel from these alien visitors.

Also on Magnus is the slug-like Sil, still bitter from his defeat on the planet Varos and seeking to make his fortune from the most potentially destructive ends. And, deep within the planet, there is something else. Another old enemy of the Doctor's. And the future is looking decidedly colder...
Starring
Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Nabil Shaban (Sil), Malcolm Rennie (Anzor), Maggie Steed (Madamme Rana Zandusia), Susan Franklyn (Jarmaya/Tace), Tina Jones (Ulema/Soma), William Townsend (Vion), Callum Witney Mills (Asam), Nicholas Briggs (Brorg/Vedikael/Grand Marshall/Ishka), James George (Skaarg/Jarga/Hussa)
Written By
Directed By
Lisa Bowerman

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Review By Gcookscotland
Rated 8/10 on 10/30/13 12:29 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
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.
Reviewer Says: No previous stories required.
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Review By Lie128
Rated 7/10 on 5/14/13 6:11 am
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Enjoyable story. Plot has lots of holes and acting is not always great,but it is fun to hear. Doesn\'t deserve its cruel reputation.
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Review By melfan101
Rated 6/10 on 8/18/10 5:33 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Although the story is a little generic for my liking, Nabil Shaban makes this, and shows htat Big Finish should get him back for a monthly story in future.
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Review By MTL
Rated 5/10 on 8/19/10 4:31 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Shame. Such good performances (Nabil and Colin being personal highlights) but such weak material to work with. Clunky dialogue slows down the pace badly and really disappoints, considering some of the interesting ideas within the story.

However the production does feel very 80s and I can definitely picture this being made for television, the score in particular helps creates the image of a traditional story from this period. Whether this is positive or negative depends on your view. Overall not a bad production, just below expectations.
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Review By rcalmy
Rated 5/10 on 8/18/10 5:33 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
I rated this as average, not because it is mediocre in any way but because the high point more or less balance the low.

The High: It is a joy to hear Nabil Shaban reprising Sil. There are a number of other enjoyable supporting characters. And while the science behind the story is absolute spinach (even by Dr. Who standards) the plot is fairly solid and fast moving.

The Low: The performances of the child actors are a bit painful. They probably aren't any worse than the average child actor, but this is an area where audio only does not help. Also the war of the sexes aspect gets painful and eventually downright creepy. In the extras everyone is quick to defend this as a product of its time, but I remember the '80s and while TV sexism was worse then than now, I still would have found this painful if it had been produced at the time.

Bottom Line: The highs (NABIL SHABAN!!!ELEVEN!!!) just about adequately outweigh the lows. Even then, I have to say (unlike most of the lost stories) it works primarily with its status as a lost story rather than on its own merits.

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Timey-Wimey Factor: The Timey-Wimey factor is a rating on a 5 point scale as to how important Time or Time Travel is to the story. This rating is independent of a story’s quality; a Timey-Wimey factor of 1 is not intrinsically better or worse than one of 5. Warning: explanations of a rating, and indeed the rating itself may be mildly spoilery.

3. Motivating: People are interested in time manipulation, but none of it actually happens. A different technology could replace it without substantially changing the story.
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Review By komodo
Rated 3/10 on 8/14/13 2:00 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Sil is a great character.
MtoM is an awful story.
This is a short review
Reviewer Says: No previous stories required.
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Review By PaulaPenguin
Rated 3/10 on 4/19/13 7:16 am
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Well, I'm sorry, but I couldn't take any of this seriously. Half the time it seems like some kind of parody, but then again everybody appears to be going for 'proper' drama. I'm not against humour or even silliness in Doctor Who (rather the contrary), but this was just bizarre. I really have no idea what to make of this and I can't work out the intent of the production. As Netrigan pointed out, there are some hilarious scenes if you decide to accept how awful the whole plot is. And for all its flaws, Mission to Magnus certainly isn't boring. But at the end of the day, I just found this incredibly bewildering.
3 Rated 3/10 on 12/14/10 6:34 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
This story fails to impress, both in actual execution and in concept.
In spite of combining a few of the standard antagonists from the series, it presents the listener with a simplistic plot and very little tension. The idea of a Time Lord bully is particularly sad, and the subplot resolves itself without much to do.
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Review By EscapeSwitch
Rated 3/10 on 11/24/10 11:17 am
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Very poor. Thank God this wasn't produced on TV and we got the wonderful "Mindwarp" instead. The whole thing is deeply flawed, from plot to characterisation. Avoid.
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Review By Netrigan
Rated 2/10 on 8/29/12 4:48 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
The only thing keeping me from giving this the lowest rating is irony. Like Timelash, the story takes on a strange enjoyable quality when you cease hoping for anything remotely decent to happen. The high point is a really out-of-character opening in which the Doctor cowers before his childhood bully. Soon after he lands on The Planet Of The Harpies and meets up with a bunch of unpleasant women who seem to have the ability to do anything the plot requires. They can instantly immobilize anyone (unless the plot dictates they get away), they can easily read anyone mind (but don't bother reading the mind of an obviously evil character), they can break into the TARDIS in seconds, and so on. Yet, for some reason they're completely afraid of a neighboring planet because there are men on it. Why? Who knows? I doubt anyone bothered to work that bit out. For some reason or other Sil has allied himself with completely untrustable allies in a scheme to sell cold weather gear, a scheme he's really into even after his other allies manage to steal a TARDIS. There's also a couple of child actors running around delivering their dialogue as flat as possible, and the final scene is one of the most groan-worthy sexist thing I've heard this side of the 80s.

I gave it a 2 simply because it's kind of funny how bad this story is. At least it wasn't dull.
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Review By bohnny
Rated 2/10 on 8/18/10 5:33 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
well produced (although I agree w rcalmy's comment about the child actors) - but just a terrible story (although unfortunately one that you could have seen been done in the missing season).