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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 10/5/18 1:54 am
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A fairly 'by the books' Master story that, while it doesn't so much to break the mold, stands as a great example of why the template is revisited again and again. Macqueen is excellent as the Master and delivers a performance worthy of the classic series. The plot is solid as The Doctor and his temporary companion untangle The Master's machinations. I wasn't very impressed with the somewhat titular mind leech as a monster but it is auxillary enough to the story that it is easily overlooked.

Overall a satisfying listen and a worthy addition to The Master's catalog.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/20/16 9:24 pm
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I was eager to hear Colin Baker's Doctor matched up against Alex Macqueen's Master. The combination is a delicious idea and they do deliver some good moments. However, the story doesn't quite live up to my expectations, and I think the writing is the problem.

The plot is okay. While Kate Kennedy's Heather Threadstone is a nice attempt to break the companion mold, she doesn't do a whole lot to make her stand out. Everything is just serviceable. Justin Richards doesn't really capture the full potentional of Macqueen's Master, and as Richards' tends to do, he overplays the Sixth Doctor's egotism for comic effect.

Still, there are some enteraining moments, particularly in the first couple episodes and some hints as to what's to come in "The Two Masters." So overall, it's fair but it could have been far better.

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 6/10/16 8:05 am
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This is a cracking 6th Doctor adventure, I actually rate this one slightly better over the last Master adventure from the previous months outing with Peter and Doctor No.5. This has much more a Who/Adventure story feel, there are overtones of The Deamons with Pertwee, and there is a name check of Devils End in the third part of the story. But in saying that, Colin and the superb support from Kate Kennedy as the Professor's daughter, is a wonderful pairing. I am also a but of a sucker for Alex Macqueen. There is also a superb joke played out by Colin, when he rings UNIT and he is challenged on his identity, with the remark, of Dr, Dr Who? I loved it. What amazed me or tells you more about this story is that it gambols along and the 2 hours of the actual story seem to fly by. I also felt totally immersed into the adventure right from the very first minute of listening. I think that the introduction of Jamie Anderson, and his obvious skills in story telling in relation to his other ventures, have given the Big Finish repertoire a much film thematic feel to them. We have the Master and a mind leech at play in this adventure. With the Doctor, and the Professor and Doctor Threadstone, trying to evade, and to stop the Masters plan.

Our story weaves and twists around. I love the overall feel of this, Colin seems to be in his element. His performance is superb, and we get the benefit of his tenure with Big Finish, which has expanded his acting and quality of the world famous time traveler. There is more belief and more commitment in his performance. I think that this has really pulled his poultry one season on the T.V. to another level. Kennedy is also standout, you have to think as a listener of Big Finish Audio as to the potential of her as a companion for No.6 in on going adventures. I repeat the comment made before, this has the feel of the Deamons, or some of the earlier Pertwee and UNIT adventures that we have enjoyed in the past, the most overwhelming thing about this release is the ever present quality on all fronts of Big Finish product. It simply astounds me that the BBC let them get away with it, as to be frank, it blows anything the BBC make with all of their resources quite shameful. Well done Big Finish on another first rate, superb production.
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Reviewed By: NumaticinReview 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.