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Murder in the Mountains,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Abominable Snowmen (BBC Radio Collection) (Audio CD)
One of the lost stories from the Troughton period of Doctor Who and one of the most atmospheric. I suppose any story set in a monastery is 'sinister' almost by definition (why is that, exactly??) but the air of looming menace in this recording is strengthened by three things. First, the unusual absence of background music (silence can be creepy!). Second, the continual sound of howling wind outside. Third, the character of the old llama, Padmasambhava. The first time you hear his voice it makes you jump as it echoes around the corridor outside his inner sanctum. More frightening is the way it keeps switching from a booming but gentle resonance to a gasping, snarling whisper (as the Great Intelligence resumes complete control of the old monk's mind). As a kid, the voice gave me nightmares. Listening to it now, I still get the odd pleasurable shiver. The concept of the old llama, once a friend of the Doctor's from his previous visit during the 17th century but now imprisoned in his chair for 300 years, is the central tragedy of the story. Padmasabhava longs for his own death and the only thing Troughton's Doctor can do for his old friend is to help him achieve it. Just brilliant.