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The Masque of Mandragora

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Average Rating
7.3
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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 9/1/18 11:54 am
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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!
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/12/18 6:18 am
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The Doctor is trapped by the Mandagora Helix. He and Sarah Jane escape by they take the energy with them to 15th Century Italy where the tiny Dukedom of San Martino where there's a power struggle between the Duke, his Uncle, the Count, and forces of the occult.

This story shines through the strength of Elizabeth Sladen and Tom Baker's performance. The Doctor has some very exciting swashbuckling scenes and there are a few lovely moments between him and Sarah Jane. We also get the introduction of the glorious Season 14 wooden console room.

Most everything is else is adequate and somewhat forgettable. There are two main villains who are adequate as threats, but very much stock. The alien threat of the week has some moments where it could be confused with a screen glare. Still, the performances and solid moments for the Doctor make this an enjoyable watch.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 10/8/17 10:30 am
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Solid story, nothing really out of the ordinary but Tom and Liz are on fine form and are a joy to watch :)