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4.6 - The Cloisters of Terror

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 1/1/16 8:18 pm
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

'The Cloisters of Terror' written by Jonathan Morris has a fairly simple plot but is full of rich atmosphere generated but the even better than usual sound effects and music. Set in Saint Matilda's College in Oxford where young girls have been disappearing with increasing regularity for centuries. We are also treated to the return of Rowena Cooper as Liz Shaw's mother, Emily, in an almost completely female cast. I was quite glad that it was highlighted towards the end that Sister Francis was acting out of necessity, although, the resolution wouldn't have made sense otherwise. I just think it would have been too easy to write the character off as another unscrupulous and misguided authority figure with no remorse for their actions.

This story gathers momentum throughout the first half providing plenty of mystery but culminating in fast and exciting second episode. It's well-plotted, atmospheric and brimming with great characters. There were even a few decent stabs at humour. Overall, I thought this and 'Suburban Hell' have been the real stars among the fourth series, but this just has the edge in terms of excitement and a sense of peril.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 8/31/15 1:39 pm
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Johnathan Morris, ought to be given massive pat on the back, for doing what I consider a really good job at ripping off Hinchcliffe with such a slick and almost seamless ability that I actually looked at the cover and the inlay several times, thinking either Hinchcliffe had acted as advisory, or, Morris had reworked a HInchcliffe drama. This is very 70's Hinchcliffe, and I am doing Morris a massive disservice in saying the above. For he is a fine Who writer in his own right. But this is a superb and elegant little 1 hour Who drama, which is perfect for Baker and Jameson to ply their trade. It is a simple affair, that, belies it's 1 hour or so running time massively. Baker seems to shine in this, no doubt due to the all female cast he is put with. I think all of the female cast however are excellent in this, and, really complement the work so well. I love the way in which Jane Salvin is cast as the "ancient nun" what a wonderful character to have on your C.V.

The story starts around a St Matilda’s College, Oxford which is supposedly haunted, by super natural nuns, of course, this is not true, what we ensues however is a ghostly tale of finding out what these three apparitions are, and why do the young ladies of the college keep disappearing without trace. The Doctor assisted by Leela are soon on the trail and it is not long before the Doctor discovers, I might add with a huge amount of help in this adventure from his sidekick that it is extra terrestrial inference that is causing the strange goings on.

A thoroughly enjoyable romp, listen also to the extras at the end, and you can see how the cast also enjoyed the experience as well. Happy cast, superb drama.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/19/15 9:47 am
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Cloisters of Terror features some humorous moments with Tom Baker and also the return of Rowena Cooper as Dame Emily Shaw (previously heard in the Companion Chronicle, 'The Last Post.') And it also features Leela walking around a 1970s college campus in a 19th Century Bicycle suit (which would be interesting to see on television.)

Otherwise, the story was forgettable. At times, it was a mechanical, particularly towards the end when the story seemed to focus more on explaining the technicality of what happened rather than executing well. While the setting and concept does have potential to be quite scary, I don't think that potential was realized.