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8.3 - The Enchantress of Numbers

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/2/19 6:11 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Doctor and Ann find themselves in 1850 where mathematical genius Ada Lovelace is in confinement at the estate of her father, Lord Byron.

This is a super pseudo-historical. It does a great job highlighting this obscure person in history and bringing her to life as well as explaining the importance of her accomplishments. At the same time, there's some superb science fiction elements as there's so much going on including disappearing buildings, the apparition of Lord Byron speaking to Ada, and mysterious plague doctors that the Doctor followed from London. Many of these also fit with or come close enough to the gothic horror that was so often a part of the Fourth Doctor's era.

My one complaint on this one was the flashback in the middle. While necessary, it was a tad awkward. Still, this is another entertaining release in this series.
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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview 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.
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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 2/28/19 4:21 am
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A definite highlight of the set. Was lovely and zany. The bird masked “doctors” with their unnerving clicking is a nice touch of creepy and was great having a bit of history on the lovely Ada Lovelace.
Cast is superb in this one!
And even the music and effects must be pointed out and commended. Give I a listen! A horse even gets a jelly baby 9/10
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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 2/22/19 5:44 am
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The Enchantress of Numbers

Location : Earth, United Kingdom, Nottinghamshire, Newstead Abbey

Date : 1850

I remember the first time I read a review for a Big Finish Doctor Who story where the reviewer referred to it as an "Instant Classic". I do not recall which story it was yet it was one I had recently heard and I felt the statement "Instant Classic" was a tad far reaching. There were no plans on my part to ever write a Doctor Who review much less use the term "Instant Classic".

I believe that Big Finish has released several "Instant Classics" in 2018 and 2019. The Enchantress of Numbers is most certainly one of them. It's a masterful work of art. I do not see any way it could have been better as it is not only a historical, as BBC originally designed Doctor Who to be at it's inception (think Marco Polo), it is also quite scary. How could you possibly have hundreds of Plague doctors with bird masks walking around without it being scary as hell? Throw a disappearing church, horses, an estate castle with hidden Priest hallways, entrances and exits and a morphing garden bush maze into the mix and you have all the elements of a chilling tale.

One thing that Doctor Who has always been good about is it's portrayal of Great Britain. United Kingdom, England, whatever you may call it at the time - Who has always had the big dresses, horse and buggies and those accents loaded with colourful metaphors that make me thankful that these are the only people that speak English like this.

The Enchantress of Numbers left me feeling like I had actually been in Nottinghamshire for a few days as the story was an engrossing and bizarre trip which should win some type of award. As we all know the British are good at presenting themselves with awards and mark my words, just watch. This story will win something. Even the music should be considered for an award.

It won with me and made me extremely pleased with my purchase as I ordered this whole box set about a year ago when it was first announced. Big Finish has knocked the ball out of the park with this story, and they already know it. That is why they stuck this story right smack in the middle of the set. As to open or close with it just would not have put it in the right place. It is an instant classic and just proves what BF can do when everything seems to fall into place.

I give this story a solid 9. It's actually a 9.5 but instead of rounding up to 10, I like to save those types of ratings for the likes of "Spare Parts" which people will still be listening to 100 years from now. People who love and enjoy Doctor Who will have a smile on their faces at some point.

If Big Finish were to only release one story per year of this quality, I would subscribe to all 12 releases just waiting for it and be pleased. But this is not the first time BF has released something of this quality recently. When I wrapped up my first listen to The Enchantress of Numbers, I said "Wow." It's a wower.