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zedthedestroyer from Chicago
27 June 2001
Interesting. Initially this comes across as something of a "sort of/what-if"
story. What if the newly-regenerated Sixth Doctor decided to become a hermit
instead of travelling through time and space? That being the case, this
story begins a few months (or maybe years) after his regeneration, when a
distraught Ms. Brown (an older Peri with an English accent) leaves the
Stranger to his self-pitying contemplation. In the true fashion of a Doctor
Who companion she immediately falls into some sort of trouble by coming
across a surreal cocktail party hosted by an older debonair man (played by
Michael "Davros" Wisher). Meanwhile, a young deaf mute's girlfriend is
mesmerized and spirited away to a work party by an illusionist clown (also
played by Wisher). After receiving no help from the town's elder (again
Wisher - the guy's prolific), the mute seeks the Strangers help. The
Stranger is initially deaf (no pun intended) to the young man's pleas, but
eventually decides to help him.
The Doctor Who ties run even deeper when the Stranger and the young man are
captured by the primary villain - the Controller, who looks suspiciously
like the Master from "The Deadly Assassin". The Master's propensity for
disguises is echoed in the fact that the illusionist, the town elder, and
the party host are all aspects of the Controller.
I'm not knocking the Who-ish aspects of the story. In fact, I enjoyed them.
The story was a simple run-around, but it was a treat to see Nicola Bryant
and Colin Baker (proving once again what a great Doctor he could have been
without the clownish clothes and outside interference).
Worth a look by Doctor Who fans, especially if they're fans of Colin Baker.
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