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Can the Doctor and Mrs W get back to Nest Cottage?
on 8 May 2012
This is the third of the five part series Serpent Crest, featuring the Robotov Empire, the dangerous and apparently malevolent Skishtari egg, and the Doctor and Mrs Wibbsey trying to put things right. In this story, the Doctor and Mrs W are in a storyland built around the familiar Aladdin stories; magicians, caves with unimaginable treasures, Aladdin and the magician trying to find the lamp; but what does it all mean? And how do they get back to Hexford and sort things out, as they seem to be going from bad to worse?
Tom Baker and Susan Jameson are in top form again, and they have a good supporting cast as the other characters in the stories. But it does flag a bit - perhaps it just suffers from being the third part in a five part story, but it never really seemed to make much headway in the overall story arc. And I was never really that fond of Aladdin stories anyway. Never mind, by the end of the story, the Doctor is ready to take Boolin and Alex back, and Mrs Wibbsey sets off to do the washing up. And hopefully Mike Yates will be all right, having been in the hospital since the initial attack by the Robotovs several episodes ago. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, I'm sure, so we'll head to episode 4 to see where the story goes next.