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187. Masquerade

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 10/29/17 4:25 am
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Masquerade starts off strong as the Doctor, Nyssa, and Hannah arrive in 18th Century France. However, they believe they belong their as actual natives with no one having any memory of their true identity. The story has a great mystery as to what's going on that's revealed, and it's interesting to learn how different the real people are from who they first appear to be. What hurts the story is a very long and technobabble heavy ending. Still, it's not too bad, and the strong start make it a worthwhile listen and easily the best story of the trilogy.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 5/31/15 6:21 pm
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This is one of those stories, that probably felt like it had or should have been on TV when this Doctor was on air. It also for obvious reasons, made me think of two reference points, one was a cover off an album by a group called Rondò Veneziano and Carry on Don't Loose your Head (which I know is cruel), but it was all the powered wigs and big skirts and white breeches, and the reference to the orangery in the garden. That aside this is not a bad story. The Doctor and Nyssa arrive into what they think is pre revolutionary France, on a rather exquisite estate of Marquise de Rimdelle they are the guests of Marquise and her aide. Now before I go any further in this review, the first half of this story is incredibly creepy and you just get that feeling of foreboding and doom, especially when the mists roll in and strand all the occupants in the grounds of the estate, and then there is the little matter of the steamroller man! The second half of the story deals with the mechanics or if you like the explanation of the whole story, and I found this one of their moments, when you have one of those hang on let me use one of those well worked sci-fi alternative, mind altering, out of body, non sentient style story lines and squeeze it in as the explanation to all of this rather left of centre dialogue. That aside it sort of works, and, you have to always give a large girth to the substantiality of some Who storylines.

This is a twisty turney style Who adventure, and one that is rather good, in fact I can confirm that it is a surprisingly high quality audio, and a release that worth more than one listen, it's replay value is undeniable. Peter plays a rather surreal part of the Doctor in this. I like the depth that Peter as been allowed to add to No.5 it is apparent that Big Finish have given and allowed him to flesh out a much more multi dimensional Doctor than we were allowed to witness when the BBC held tenure on him. Sarah Sutton, well I am quickly getting a soft spot for her, I think she is one of the best companions, as she does not play her intelligence down or back away from her view point if she faces off against the Doctor or a situation or angry alien.
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Reviewed By: andystehrReview Date: 4/2/15 2:02 pm
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Masquerade is a home run for me. I enjoyed the setting, the mystery, the discovery process and most of all the ending. The characters were great, and ideas were compelling.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 10/2/14 4:23 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The low scores offered by other reviewers are probably fair, but this warrants a higher score from me as I felt an emotional response from the sad ending of the tale.

Simply put, there was a character that I quite liked. I had been hoping to hear her again, but that won't be. It was a sad ending for the Doctor and Nyssa as well for the same reason. So, despite the weaknesses of the story there was some good character writing and acting.

As for the story itself, it begins with the Doctor no knowing where he is or why. He even has trouble with who he is. It takes a while to sort that out and there is a lot of virtual reality battling going on. Its the future and not really France after all. An excellent monster called the Steam Roller Man rumbles out of a children's story to menace everyone, while a deeper truth remains hidden.

I was not fond of the start. I enjoyed the middle and the end left me saddened for a character and disappointed about the future. It does end the trilogy well and I think hearing this makes the early stories into better stories.