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138. The Cradle of the Snake

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/4/16 8:22 pm
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After being hinted at in the previous release, the Mara returns for a third time after the TV episodes Kinda and Snakedance. Credit writer Marc Platt for taking this in another direction as the Mara takes over the Doctor and gets further than ever before.

This is an interesting story and Peter Davison is good as the Evil-influenced Doctor. However, not everyone handles the possession quite as well. There are a few plot points that don't quite work or make sense within the framework of the story, and what we know about the Mara. Overall, it's not bad, but it's not up to par with the prior Mara stories.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/25/15 5:57 pm
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This picks up once again from the previous release all this, although with the same crew of people as the Doctors companion's it does not require the listener to have enjoyed the previous release to enjoy The Cradle of the Snake. This is definitely Saturday night television fodder, you can almost imagine the set of this production being a sort of BBC 80 take on downtown Seoul or some other far east Asian city, brimming with life, and bursting intrigue. It was good to see Peter take on a twist with the Doctor's character. In this he takes the character down a dark path, there are elements of his that are more akin with a drama about drug addiction, and maybe that is down to the way that Big Finish have made it feel a little darker than you have come to expect. As the spirit of the Mara takes a deeper grip on the Doctors mind, he starts to turn into the monster of nightmares.
The story is very much I felt almost lifted from a un-filmed BBC episode it feels that real in it's portrayal of the fall of the Manussan Empire…, the sort of last days of Rome, but set some where more exotic and dangerous, the sound production on this is quite excellent. Couple this with the ability for Peter to explore a much changed and at odds Doctor than normal, the whole casts mood is very much changed, and instead of the Doctor coming to the rescue, it is actually the companions that come into their own.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 8/23/13 10:58 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

I'm not sure whether I enjoyed this story despite not having seen Kinda or Snakedance, or because of it. In any case, this was my first encounter with the Mara, who makes for a really interesting adversary for the Doctor and his companions to fight off. The story is very well-written and tense and gives everyone in the Tardis crew a chance to shine with some juicy and nuanced performances.
There is a cliffhanger at the end of the previous release, The Whispering Forest, that leads directly into this tale, but it's nothing you wouldn't be able to pick up right away. Similarly, I don't think it is really neccessary to have seen any of the TV episodes featuring the Mara; I may have missed some small references somewhere, but I didn't have any problem following the actual plot and understanding how it all fits together.
Overall, a strong story in an intruiging setting (the depiction of Menussa is very vivid and easy to visualize) with some great character moments. Definitely recommended.
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Reviewed By: nottheusualfangirlReview Date: 5/16/13 10:18 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is a 9 for me, but it might not be for you. For starters, don't bother unless you have seen "Kinda" and "Snakedance." And be aware that the story doesn't really add all that much to the ongoing story told in those television episodes. The Mara is possessing people ... again. And trying to take over a planet ... again. What it does do is provide some wonderful material for some good actors. It has some fantasy sequences that are a great deal of fun. I completely enjoyed hearing Sarah Sutton and Mark Strickson as sheep (yes, really). Most of all, I loved Sutton and Peter Davison as possessed versions of their regular characters. The bottom line reason to listen to this is for Davison's brilliant performance. The way he segues between the "good" and "evil" Doctor is masterful. He has gotten few chances to play villains in his career and it's a damn shame, because he's a terrific villain. And a very sexy one, surprisingly enough. When he's a good guy Davison comes off as adorable and charming, but when he's playing evil he's something else entirely. I'm not sure if that says something about Peter Davison or about me, but there it is. I recommend this for anyone who admires Davison's acting and especially for his fangirls, who should get their copies pronto and listen in private.