Reviewed By: thisoldcan
Review Date: 3/5/19 3:22 pm
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Devil in the Mist is a lackluster start to the new year, with a dull, unfocused plot bogging down some interesting character development. Peter Davison stars as the Fifth Doctor, and is joined by a tight cast, including Janet Fielding as Tegan Jovanka and Jon Culshaw as Kamelion. Fielding is a highlight as Tegan throughout the story, carrying the role of lead in the story well, but it’s Culshaw’s take on Kamelion that’s the real draw of the story. Culshaw gives an excellent performance as Kamelion, recalling Gerald Flood’s vocal performance, while surprising with his own, seemingly inexhaustible collection of voices. Cavan Scott delivers the first Monthly Adventures story of 2019, but unfortunately, his writing, despite some promising character moments for Kamelion, suffers due to its scatterbrained and generally dull plotting. The plot is simultaneously busy and shallow; there’s a lot going on in the story, from the eponymous Nustanu to a killer planet guarding a Fountain of Youth knock-off, but virtually none of it is engaged with meaningfully. Indeed, the entire story’s premise could’ve been boiled down to about 30 minutes of the actual plot, which was all about Tegan slowly learning to trust Kamelion. Scott handles this part of the story pretty well, satisfyingly reintroducing Kamelion and introducing an interesting conflict between Kamelion and Tegan, but it feels like an afterthought for most of the story, trying to drive an ultimately dull plot about a murderous planet forward, and only coming into play in a silly fake out in the cliffhanger of the third part of the story. Overall, Devil in the Mist is a disappointing start to the Monthly Adventures range in 2019. Despite a strong debut from Jon Culshaw, and some solid character development for Kamelion, the plot is generally unfocused and dull, resulting in a generally shallow, below average story.