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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Sep 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1844354741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354740
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 4 Oct 2010
Although the two 1980s Doctor Who serials featuring the insidious dream-invading Mara are often decried as weak and poorly realised, I have always liked them - giant rubber snakes notwithstanding! This Big Finish audio drama concludes the mini-series reuniting Peter Davison's Fifth doctor with 80s companions Tegan, Nyssa and Turlough, and for me is easily the best of the three. Marc Platt's script is energetic and intriguing, and the principal actors are all obviously enjoying themselves like it's 1984 all over again.

Returning to Manussa, the TARDIS crew come under attack from the Mara, and this time no-one is immune. On the Mara's planet of origin, an enterprising showman is attempting to turn dreams into reality, and the serpentine entity suddenly has the perfect opportunity to invade the psyches of an entire world...

The cast are uniformly excellent, but this is Davison's show and he excells in an unfamiliar role. Despite its size this is arguably the most interesting collection of companions ever to board the TARDIS, and hopefully we haven't seen the back of Turlough, Tegan and Nyssa.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Oct 2010
Another Doctor Who audio play featuring Peter Davison as the fifth Doctor, along with companions Tegan Nyssa and Turlough.

This is the third in a trilogy. It follows on from Cobwebs (Doctor Who) and The Whispering Forest (Doctor Who) but since the very slight ongoing story of those doesn't get a mention here and since you wouldn't notice that it's nyssa having returned to the TARDIS fifty years after she left it, this one stands pretty much on it's own and those who haven't heard the first two would have very little trouble picking this up.

But since this a series reuniting a very popular line up with some good scripts and giving them all something great to do - something that didn't always happen during their time on tv - why would you not want to hear all of them?

This story runs for four episodes of twenty five to thirty minutes each and is spread across two discs.

And sees the return of the Mara, previously seen in the tv stories Doctor Who - Kinda [VHS] [1982] and Doctor Who - Snakedance [VHS] [1983] snake like creature that lives in the very darkest recesses of the mind preying on what it finds there and manifests as a large snake.

Which works much better on audio where the visuals are left to the imagination rather than the cheap effect seen on tv.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jun 2014
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Cradle Of The Snake.
2xCD.
4 episode audio adventure.
Running time 120 minutes approx.

Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough.
Main enemy: The Mara.
Main setting: Manussa.
Publisher: Big Finish Productions.
Writer:Marc Platt.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Turlough has never previously heard of the Mara.
2)This story takes place in the Manussan year 2215.
3)This story marks the first appearance of the Mara in an audio story.
4)The Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan encountered the Mara on two previous occasions. (TV: Kinda, TV: Snakedance)
5)Dan Stevens is best known for his portrayal of Matthew Crawley in ITV's Downton Abbey from 2010 to 2012.
6)Hugh Fraser is,better known for his portrayal of Captain Hastings in Agatha Christies Poirot.

Plot Synopsis.
Tegan's nightmares about the Mara have returned, Seeking to banish the Maras influence over his companion once & for all the Fifth Doctor sets course for Manussa the Maras point of origin.

But the Tardis arrives in Manussas heyday at the height of the Manussan Empire where infotainment impresario Rick ausGarten is preparing to turn dreams into reality.

The sun is setting on the Manussan Empire... The Mara is returning & it's all the Doctor's fault.

Timelord Thoughts.
Marc Platt has weaved his magic & delivered a engaging entertaining audio adventure reuniting the Fifth Doctor, Tegan & Nyssa with an old enemy Mara.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 17 Jun 2014
This is the third Mara tale called `The Cradle of the Snake' (or `Snakecradle' as I prefer to call it. This story is set during Peter Davison's audio adventures with Tegan, Turlough and the older Nyssa (Season 20b).

Believe it or not, this was the first Mara story I came across in `Doctor Who'. I listened to this story before watching `Kinda' and `Snakedance'. This was because the 'Mara Tales' DVD box set wasn't out yet. So I got to experience listening to a Mara story first time through audio! I sort of knew what the Mara was all about and how it connects to Tegan. According to the CD blurb, the Mara is about temptation and that gave me what to expect from this story.

This story follows on from 'The Whispering Forest', where Tegan is possessed by the Mara again. The Doctor is determined to save Tegan and set her free from the Mara's influence. Eventually, the TARDIS ends up on the planet Manussa, where the Doctor and his friends once came. But it's not the Manussa they knew once as it's hundreds of years since they last came. The Mara takes an opportunity to commence its reign of chaos and disorder, and the Doctor is infected with the mark of the snake!

Since Janet Fielding is returning to play Tegan in `Doctor Who' for Big Finish, it was inevitable that a third Mara story was on the cards. This third Mara story is written by Marc Platt, who with kind permission from Christopher Bailey (the original writer of the Mara stories) comes up with an extraordinary sequel to both `Kinda' and `Snakedance'.
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