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Mission to Magnus (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Dec 2009

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844354458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354450
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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By R. Thomas VINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2013
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Part of the Lost Story range this second episode in the season is a definite improvement on the first. Colin Baker & Nicola Bryant play The Doctor & Peri in very much the same way they did on TV - which is a bit of a change bearing in mind how they've developed over the past decade. This story both feels and sounds like the era its from which is exactly what you want from this range. Without doubt I can say this is an absolute fun romp of a story from start to finish, featuring a few familiar faces and some new. Also included are cast/production interviews which I found a lot more interesting than usual as with such a familiar lost story there is a lot to discuss.
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In 1985, during Colin Baker's first full season portraying the Doctor, the "powers that be" at the BBC decided that the series needed a "much needed" rest, which led to the cancellation of the proposed next series of DOCTOR WHO and its eventual replacement with THE TRIAL OF A TIMELORD which is, of course, available on DVD as are all of Colin Baker's televised adventures.

However, that proposed next season was already being planned and scripts were already written which were then cast aside and never used. Fast forward 25 years and BIG FINISH Productions, who have done some sterling work creating new stories for previous Doctors on Audio, dust off these scripts, adapt them to work better as sound only tales, and release them in a new series called "The Lost Stories" so that these stories are finally available to be experienced by everybody, whilst finally existing in some kind of parallel DOCTOR WHO universe. THE NIGHTMARE FAIR was the first release, and MISSION TO MAGNUS is the second.

In MISSION TO MAGNUS Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant are back recreating their roles as the Doctor and Peri, alongside the return of Nabil Shaban as the very popular villain from that time, the slug-like evil entrepreneur Sil. The setting - a planet dominated by women - is a bit of a "ho-hum" science fiction cliché to be honest and this does tend to date it a little, but classic series monsters the Ice Warriors return in a very effective way, and the whole story barrels along with a lot of fun and energy and is generally a very enjoyable couple of hours entertainment.

2 CDs contain the two 45 minute episodes in much the same format as the TV series was using back in 1985 and the style is very much of that period in the show's history.
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The return of Sil would have been much anticipated. Nabil Shaban's performance in Vengeance on Varos was so much fun and deserved a second outing. This would have been it, possibly third in the season after The Ultimate Evil. In addition the Ice Warriors would have returned in this story.

Plot: As with Varos, Philip Martin is using this story to make a point. This time it is primarily about feminism. There are moments when this gets heavy handed, but overall the point is made. The use of Sil is good and the Ice Warriors are an important part of the overall plot, even if they only appear at the end of the first episode. Only Anzor the `school bully' seems out of place as though it was an idea that had a larger role in the plot but which got sidelined by other things. The Ice Warriors seem a little underused, being the token alien invaders rather than having a specific role to play, much like the Sontarans in The Two Doctors.

Script: On the whole, very good as one would expect from Martin. Some of the sexist comments in the second episode seem a little OTT and the Doctor's response to Anzor is played for laughs, whereas it ought to have been dealt with more sensibly (as it was at the end of episode 2). Sil delights again, partly because of the script and partly because of Shaban's performance.

Other: Sil Returns! What more needs to be said : ). Nabil Shaban delights as always. Kudos to the actors who take on multiple roles for making each one sound different. I recognised Nick Briggs different versions mainly because he has appeared in Big Finish so many times, but the others did a superb job.
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I am currently thoroughly enjoying this series of release from Big Finish, in which they are producing for audio the lost series 23 of Doctor Who, for which scripts were produced but due to politics within the BBC were never produced.

As an avid fan of the series at the time (I was 9 when these stories were supposed to air, and thought at the time the BBC chief who took it off the air was a villain even fouler than the average Dalek), it is with great interest I am listening to these and finding out where the series was going.

Following from the events of Nightmare Fair, The Doctor and Peri are dragged off course by the emergency signal of another TARDIS. Whilst the other Time Lord makes a cowardly escape, the Doctor is left to face the danger himself. Managing to make an emergency landing on Magnus, he finds a society ruled by women, where the only makes are young boys kept in captivity underground. Soon he is caught up in a plot by the matriarchy, aided by his old foe Sil, to gain the secrets of time. But this soon becomes a bit of a sub plot as it transpires that Magnus faces a deadly peril from and even older enemy, the ice warriors.

Can the Doctor save the planet, end the slavery of the boys and finally stand up to his old school bully?

This is an entertaining yarn with a couple of plot threads that come together well in the final few scenes. There are some entertaining scenes where the Doctor is playing mind games with some of the ruling women. The return of Sil is a welcome one, he was one of 6's most memorable adversaries, and hearing Nabil Shaban recreate his unique vocalisations once again is a joy. And as for the final showdown, where he changes coats so quickly and often it will make you dizzy, it's a classic performance.
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