Reviewed By: Kamelion
Review Date: 3/3/19 5:42 am
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Muse of Fire
Location : Earth, France, Paris
Date : 1922
Muse of Fire was such a fun story for me that I didn't want it to end. It was one which made me feel as if I actually was in Paris for a few days in the 1920's as the sound effects were top notch and the characters were so interesting that it seemed quite viable that there could be another story with the same characters. The abrupt ending where it was found that the evil lurking here in France was in fact just a vampire, sort of annoyed me. The Doctor actually killed her and one of the companions asked "That's it?" To which the Doctor answered "That's it." In retrospect that's pretty hilarious as the story had to end at some point. A nice two hour episode is great but I don't think anyone would desire for a monthly release to carry on for 4-5 hours as that would go beyond entertainment and enter the realm of torture. I have listened to Muse of Fire three times now and normally I listen to month releases just twice.
One thing which I didn't see coming was author Paul Magrs inserting a character that he created whom is known as Iris Wildthyme. (Performed by Katy Manning) I've been aware of this character as I have seen her Big Finish stories however I have never delved off into any non Doctor Who Big Finish. This time lady was interesting enough to me that I went back and listened to the audio version of the BBC Short Stories titled "Old Flames" where she met the Doctor for the first time. #4. Had it not been for Muse of Fire I would have never thought of pulling that old story out, which I had not previous read or heard, and it was a solid 9 on it's own.
This story deals with time tampering and the disappearance of the works of artists and poets. Some of the most famous names in history. It also deals with critics, in this case a well, Panda. A friend of Iris. Just a silly, silly character. You would just have to hear it. This story with it's historical side, mixed with the just nearly, well, not even nearly - just absolutely ridiculous fantasy pushed over the top by the Art Critic Panda and ultimately the vampire made for a very unexpected and satisfying drama unlike any I have ever heard. I will take note of what is written by Paul Magrs in the future and be sure not to miss anything. Time permitting I may actually look into his previous works, including a bit more of Iris.