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Love the setting, the costumes, the charm and atmosphere but story is pretty basic. Masque none the less was a warm surprise to me! A story I completely missed and hadn’t heard of until a few years ago.
I just find it very fresh to have a story set in “Italy” as doctor who does tend to rehash certain periods and places more than others.
The Mangragora helix isn’t visually very threatening but when it consumes and envelopes a cult of which adorns menacing masks and inhabits the creepy tunnels of an underground temple, I think it gains an atmospheric presence... and thus impressed more than in the beginning of the story.
All in all I just joy over the setting and interactions.
A firm(ish) 8/10. Not a classic yes... but I think also not far off of that their. It’s good “typical” who!