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97b. The Vanity Box

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/31/18 12:33 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A nifty one parter that finds the Doctor and Mel in a small town in the 1960s where the talk of the town is a salon where women can shave years of with a makeover from the Vanity Box. Overall, a very good story with a twist that ties into the main release.

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/20/17 6:58 pm
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This represents an interesting innovation in the development of the 3 and 1 structure. This story acts as a kind of epilogue to "The Wishing Beast" (also, thanks to the magic of time travel, a prequel). Despite the similarities between the two stories, they are quite distinct. "The Vanity Box" also has a bit of a whimsical tone, but it's much more of a comedy than "The Wishing Beast". And, of course, setting the story in 1960s Salford gives this a totally different tone.

It's actually a pretty neat trick: telling a story that is so similar to "The Wishing Beast", but making it feel entirely fresh and distinct.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 2/16/16 10:12 am
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'Vanity Box' is set in sixties Salford and like a lot of Big Finish short stories it has quite a jokey feel. It also acts as a sort of prequel to 'The Wishing Beast'. People are being granted instant youth and the Doctor decides to investigate. Over the two stories, the connection between the box, the beast and Daniel is hard to fathom. Best let it all wash over you and try to enjoy it.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 12/18/14 12:16 pm
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Snuck on the end of the release is The Vanity Box, which sees the Doctor and Mel land in 60's Britain. The 60's Britain of the North, where they encounter the local 40 something brigade of women seeking the skills of a the local beauty salon to transform them from their blue rinse, ageing, wrinkly. They are transformed into more youthful, versions of themselves, with the aid of the "Vanity Box", therein lies the problem. The vanity box itself is the wishing beast. We now learn that the Wishing Beast is an alien entity. In order to once and for all rid the universe of the entity. The Doctor engages with the Vanity Box itself and in a mind over matter battle comes out the victor, sending the Wishing Beast packing.

Three words sum this up short and sweet. The small drama does get the benefit from Colin Baker dragging it up in a very "Les Dawsonesqe" way which harkens back to my previous comment of the whole thing having a Pantomime quality.