Reviewed By: Numaticin
Review Date: 5/12/16 5:33 am
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The second installment of the Two Masters trilogy is an great improvement on the previous episode. I think my biggest problem with And You Will Obey Me was the distinct lack of Master and Doctor interaction, however, it had an interesting if somewhat disjointed plot that kept it fresh. This does the exact opposite of that, focusing on the interactions between the Doctor and the Master but using a tried and tested plot that, while not necessarily bad, is a little... transparent. The Doctor falls into the Masters trap, the Master tries to gain something from the Doctor by means of overcomplicated mcguffin, Doctor outwits the Master at the last minute but Master lives to fight another day, stop me if you've heard this before. However, in this case it does work quite well, there are some interesting twists and ideas that stop it from being completely stale, and the characters are well written enough to keep the story afloat.
The characters are by far the best part of the episode, The Sixth Doctor is of course brilliant, played by the equally brilliant Colin Baker who never fails to disappoint. The Macqueen Master is once again amazing, blending the evil cunning of Delgado's master, a dash of catlike toying of the Doctor from Ainley's, and just a pinch of insanity from the Simm Master, he's always a pleasure to listen to, if you're just looking for some great Doctor/Master interaction, then this episode will fulfill that nicely/ The Doctor's one time companion in this story is Heather Threadstone, who is a refreshingly unstereotypical companion. Her character was defined in her first scene as a kind, and highly intelligent scientist who, rather than being amazed by the doctor, or irritated by him, finds him rather amusing. Gobernar is funny and interesting, with a memorble if somewhat cliched backstory, but he's never grating.
All in all, this is a solid story, it doesn't break any boundaries but it's perfectly fine if you just want something to listen to on the train, or if you just want another decent Doctor vs Master story. There are some interesting twists that will keep you interested, but probably won't make you want to come back, and the characters are great enough to make the episode worth the money.