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Bernice Summerfield - The Triumph of Sutekh
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/8/15 10:06 am
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This story finds Bernice landing in Egypt in the midst of the reign of Hatshepsut, a female Pharaoh whose record of accomplishments appears to have been wiped out. The Doctor is there as her advisor but what exactly is he up to?

Overall, this is a great pseudo historical. Sakuntala Ramanee delivers a beautiful performance as Hatshepsut, creating a character of a great woman filled with kindness, love, and wisdom. Her relationship with the Doctor is wonderfully portrayed. There's a great scene where she asks McCoy if he ever really loved her, and it's wonderfully portrayed. Sutekh plays a somewhat different role as he seduces Prince Tutmosis to turn against his stepmother Hatshepsut and his best friend. Meanwhile Bennie tries to unravel the Doctor's plan and deals with the frustration of the Doctor not quite knowing who she is.

Overall, this was just a beautiful and well-crafted tale. In my opinion, it's the best story in the box set.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 6/28/15 6:26 pm
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Vaults is the third of our four stories in the Sutekh quadology of Bernice Summerfield stories. We have moved on to Bernice becoming a god having being transported into the time of the great Kings of Egypt. We are now in the era of the Pharaoh's and in the reign of Pharaoh Hatshepsut. The Doctor does not genuinely know Bernie as he has been the Pharaoh's advisor for over 30 years. But what this story does is start to show us the real horror of Sutekh, the real evil genius that he has become, the deceiver, the true ultimate evil, whose only purpose is to destroy, the bringer of death. His manipulation of Pharaoh's son Tutmosis is pure evil. Hats off to the almost blinding good Gabriel Woolf as the voice of Sutekh who is truly evil, and those scenes from the Tom Baker epsiodes all came flooding back with vengeance.

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 6/17/15 12:22 am
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While James Goss gave my favorite story from the first volume here he gives my least favorite. But before I get into why it is my least favorite, let me say that it is a brilliant story with a lot of wit and humor with a dark turn near the end due to the script and performances of Sylvester McCoy, Lisa Bowerman and Sakuntala Ramanee's portrayals of the Doctor, Benny and Hatshepsut respectively. Also here we get to see the more deceptive side of Gabriel Woolf's Sutekh who is pretty much playing Mephisto from Faust here and although that is a little odd, Woolf's brilliance shines throughout the entire set. Also the portrayal of Hatshepsut reminds me of a toned down Berengaria from The Holy Terror and is a delight.

Now the major problem of the story is that it is toned down to a pseudo-historical story and isn't as high stakes as the rest of the set as it builds to the grand finale so yeah that brings the story down.