Reviewed By: thisoldcan
Review Date: 3/5/19 3:25 pm
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The Enchantress of Numbers is a strong tale, featuring a well-crafted trip to the past, and a delightful cast. Tom Baker stars as the Fourth Doctor and Jane Slavin stars as Ann Kelso, alongside guest stars Finty Williams as Ada Lovelace and Barnaby Edwards as Mr. Hobhouse. Baker gives one of his finest performances in recent memory as the Doctor, delighting in his wonderful chemistry with Slavin and Williams, and holding together the ending remarkably well with his dramatic performance. Slavin’s role is larger than the previous story, and she shares a wonderful rapport with Edwards throughout. Williams is the highlight of the story for her strong performance as Ada Lovelace; she handles the challenge of portraying an historical figure well, and imbues the character with a charm and passion that’s admirable. Edwards acts as a glue for the story, giving a charming, comedic performance that’s much appreciated. Simon Barnard and Paul Morris tackle the third story of the eighth series, and the first historical adventure for the new TARDIS crew, and their work is greatly appreciated throughout. The plot is well-crafted right up until the end, even if the ending itself threatens to derail at times. I really enjoyed the way that the plot came together, as a fight for the future, and the way that Barnard and Morris highlighted the importance of Ada throughout the story. Beyond just the plotting, I was deeply impressed at the pacing and the writing for the story. I often find the Fourth Doctor Adventures to be far too short, but the writing duo managed to fill the hour well with a smart, focused story, filled with charm and a distinctive tone, that really elevated the adventure. Overall, The Enchantress of Numbers is an excellent addition to the eighth series of the Fourth Doctor Adventures, featuring a delightful adventure with Ada Lovelace, a lovely cast, and rock solid writing.