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Peter is back!

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Friday 19 September 2008
Rating:   10

1: another marc platt tale full of his trade mark coolness

2: peter purves is back again and delivers a knockout performance as steven.

3: the sound and music score is even better than series one of the companion chronicles.

4: this is an engaging tale of old russia, dripping with atmosphere and could easily have been a missing adventure for William Hartnell.

Science Fiction Historical

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Saturday 2 November 2019
Rating:   6

Mother Russia finds Steven Taylor recounting an adventure he had with the Doctor in Russia at the time of Napoleon's conquest. The circumstance of the interview producing this recounting never becomes quite clear. The story itself is typical Doctor 1. The Doctor, Steven, and Dodo land somewhere unknown, decide to stay for a while (as in The Romans) and after some uneventful months get embroiled both in history and in an alien encounter. And history ain't nice. I have long thought that Peter Purves is under-rated as an actor and that Steven was one of the best companions. His stalwart sense of right and wrong contrasts well against The Doctor's subtle consequentialism, a conflict that plays out well in this story. What brings this story down for me is that not enough thought has gone into why and where Steven is recounting this adventure and why he is having trouble remembering.

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