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Who Can Play That Game,
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker (Audio CD)
Story: 8/10 (Doctor contracts invisibility in an immortal's deadly nursery).
Another lost story (only episode 4 of 4 survives) from the experimental third series, this sideways tale divides fans like few others. A tiny but top notch cast powerfully sell this truly sinister nursery tea. The often underrated Purves is on good dryly humorous form; Singer and Silvera make a strong double act; and Peter Stephen's overweight middle-aged schoolboy is thoroughly creepy! Best of all Gough is the embodiment of urbane evil as the Toymaker, the hints at the Doctor's past encounters are tantalising, and there's a real feeling that the Doctor's met his match.
In fact it was nearly the first "regeneration" story, as the then almost weekly changing production team wanted to move Hartnell on. He certainly is missed from the middle two episodes, roughly when you'll want to throttle Lane's Dodo for being quite so thick. If the games seem under powered (Blind Man's Buff, Hunt the Thimble, etc), for me their very English Victorian twee-ness is deeply unsettling alongside the increasingly violent means of dispatch on show. (NB There's a mistake in the narration in episode 3- Sgt Rugg is a soldier, not a policeman).
The indispensible Doctor Who - Lost In Time [DVD]  contains episode 4, but the imagination probably exceeds the budget for the lost episodes. A great story for a listen.