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5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to the dynamic duo - the Doctor and Evelyn, 2 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: The Marian Conspiracy (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
I thoroughly enjoyed this, the first story with Evelyn Smythe as the Doctor's ... companion? I'm not sure she'd put up with being referred to as that - she's a great character. I have heard several of the later stories with Evelyn and have gone back to the earlier stories, because I have enjoyed the development of her character, and the wonderful way in which the character is portrayed by Maggie Stables.

The Sixth Doctor, brash as usual, really seems as if he has may have met his match in Evelyn - she certainly gives him a run for his money and keeps him in line. But they get on well, and that's evident right from the start of this first story. The Doctor gets in trouble in Evelyn's history lecture for making a noise, and when his search for a dangerous time nexus seems to lead directly to Evelyn herself, well ... she packs her cocoa and her toothbrush and insists on going with him to sort it out.

The story is a timely reminder of the threats when travelling in Earth's history - what seems obvious to us (or to Evelyn as a history professor) is not so obvious when you're actually in Tudor times - the troubles of Queen Mary Tudor are handled empathetically and with compassion ... she is never demonised in this story, and I found that refreshing. The Frenchman de Noaille is Gallicly fiendish, and the Protestants and the Catholics are suitably entrenched - but the Doctor and Evelyn manage to find their way around Tudor England and leave things, perhaps, better than they were before. But it's sad to see that the insecurities of Queen Mary have, by the end of the story, been magnified into complete paranoia - a forerunner of her tragic legacy coming to its time.

Whiel a serious story, there are glimmers of humour, and it's all handled very well. A great story, and a great start to a partnership with the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn - looking forward to hearing even more stories from this duo.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2013 21:08:13 BDT
This is one adventure I just couldn't warm too maybe I need give this another listern as your review sees a lot of merit in this audio adventure.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2013 23:32:21 BDT
Keen Reader says:
I'm always wary of 'historical' based stories, but this one really did approach historical truths in an empathetic way. And I really like the rapport of the Doctor and Evelyn, so that made the story even more enjoyable.
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