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8.11 - The Elixir of Doom

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Reviewed By: SteffWilliams18Review Date: 10/11/18 10:03 pm
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A charming and lovely adventure with Jo and Iris, including the Eighth Doctor briefly! The Elixir of Doom is the last (as of now) Companion Chronicle to feature a companion and/or Doctor that is neither relating to the First or Second Doctor. Elixir is a very vibrant story with a plot that could be completely bonkers if written weakly, and given the run length of over 90 minutes, which dawned on me, time simply flew by, and this story was gripping and utterly entertaining.

Katy Manning is absolutely superb in her performances throughout, she obviously can still pull of Jo Grant, and Iris is a marvellous character played by Manning, and it really feels like you're listening to two separate characters.

The Elixir of Doom is a light (and slightly mad) story, which I would highly recommend - though, if you're expecting this to relate to that early 70s era with Pertwee, then this may not be for you, as this is more of a separate adventure with Jo and Iris.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/29/15 9:05 am
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Elixir of Doom finds Iris Wildthyme and Jo travelling back in time to the Golden Age of Hollywood where they find that many of the movie monsters are real and famed Hollywood starlet Vita Monet.

There are two things that are absolutely great about this story. First is Katy Manning. As in Find and Replace, she plays an older Jo and she plays Iris. She also plays Vita Monet as a real character with a very good American Hollywood accent. She also shows her ability to somehow manage to capture the essence of yet another Doctor with whom she hadn't appeared.

The sound design is superb. It captures the feel of the Golden Age of Hollywood, particularly during the Party. This has that beautiful feel of so many of the later Companion Chronicles which transcended the idea of "talking books" to become great experiences.

The story itself was typical Paul Magrs fare, not quite on the level of , "Find and Replace" but a quirky and fun story that plays around with ideas, language, and settings. Jo comes off as nice, though maybe a bit naive for her age.

On the downside, the Doctor that appears on the cover isn't the Doctor that appears in the story. Some fans may be bothered by Iris statement that she can't regenerate and isn't a Time Lord given that we saw a future regeneration of her in, "The Wormery." But with Iris it's hard to tell when she's lying or when she's merely shading the truth. At any rate, fans will have to work out how they feel about that "twist" for themselves.