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236. Serpent in the Silver Mask

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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 3/13/19 4:08 am
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Serpent in the Silver Mask - BF236

Location : Argentia Space Station
Date/Time : Unknown

When the wealthy demi-clone Carlo Mazzini dies and leaves a large sum of wealth up for heirs unknown his funeral ends up turning into a chaotic circus of family members that look very similar and they should - they are all cloned. My favorites were the California surfer hippie dudes Peter and Paul and they provide some not really intentional comic relief. Everyone has known someone that talks like they do.

The heir whom is the winner finds out that he now has 9,000,000,000 credits transferred to his account. He does the right thing and immediately goes to contact his accountant on Saturn. While in the phone booth / pod he is executed in cold blood with a disintegrator leaving nothing but ash on the seat. Space station law enforcement is close by as they have been keeping a close eye on the Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric since they arrived. It is unclear as to if the oral DNA samples that were demanded of them have been cross referenced yet to determine that the TARDIS gang was not invited and must have arrived in a manner which bypassed security. The police quickly deduce that the main suspect has to be the only relative not present and whom is the next heir in line for the huge wealth of credits. Even before he can be questioned and in just a matter of minutes someone or some thing in a silver mask summarily assassinates his ass as well.

Doctor Who is the perfect platform for a murder mystery and when it comes to audio dramas, books and audio books that's growing to be quite a long list. Serpent in the Silver Mask captures the era of one of my favorite teams of companions quite well and as with all recent releases with this group of travelers the music is not far short of masterful. An absolutely fun romp even though the author David Llewellyn seems to have forgotten that Doctor Who is about time travel and fails to mention any date or point in time. Unless I missed it in the two times I have heard this story, which is entirely possible, but I normally pick up on details such as that as I am looking for them for the natural reason of it helping with the timeline and comprehension of the location.

A must listen for anyone whom enjoys the Adric, Tegan and Nyssa era.

Runs 1 Hour 59 Minutes
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/12/19 1:49 am
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The Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa, and Adric find themselves in the middle of an Agatha Christie-style whodunit. This story's not bad, but there have been better takes on the Doctor Who as a mystery concept. This is the second comedy of the trilogy, but the jokes do tend to be a bit hit and miss. In addition, this is probably one of the shortest main range releases in many a year.

However, the acting is solid, and Samuel West turns in a good performance of every member of the Manzini family. Overall, a decent story, but also the weakest of the trilogy.
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Reviewed By: Silence Will FallReview Date: 10/27/18 1:33 pm
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Plain Doctor Who fun, this time seeing my favourite TARDIS crew in a whodunit with clones and some graver consequences than you might have assumed!
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 4/10/18 10:47 pm
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The doctor arrives at the funeral of a wealthy clone. The clone who inherits his wealth is then murdered. The local police force don't seem up to the task and so the Doctor pushes his way into the investigation...

There is a who-done-it plot in a small environment with each suspect being investigated across the first two episodes. We then move into the third episode where the plot becomes more interesting and some more complex ideas are brought into play. Essentially details of the setting change. This in turn changes the possible motive and suspect. There didn't seem to be a lot to the story until part three, but by then I was hooked by the characters anyway.

I think that Samuel West does a great job playing most of the cast. He does the voice work for all of the clones, but gives them all unique voices.
Phil Cornwell delivers a great performance as well, playing the small station police chief who is out of his depth.