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Beneath the masque

By:Trevor Smith, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Date:Friday 12 February 2010
Rating:   8

This story is an underrated Who classic for me.
It's 70's Who at its most confident and this story is full of good things. beautiful location shots, a great script ("You will be breakfasting on hot coals") wonderful BBC costumes, Tom Baker & Liz Sladen in perfect sync, over the top baddies and a cracking script with some wonderful ideas.
Some nice extras on the disc. As well as a making of feature there is a very entertaining history of the TARDIS designs featuring the always entertaining Rob Sherman. Recommended.


By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Thursday 12 May 2011
Rating:   9

This story is a real pleasure to watch. Its a visual feast for a start, as the location really feels like Spain. The acting is very very solid, and the masks of the underground cult followers are creepsville in the extreme. They spooked the hell out of me as a child. Tom Baker is on as high a form as ever, and Lis Sladen isnt bad at all as usual as Sarah Jane Smith. The most special part of this tale is the cultists crashing of the wonderfully costumed Masque in the final episode. This story is also yet again not overly complicated. Its pace too is spot on, and theres some real gems of dialogue along the way. And the Doc's scarf comes in for good use again to help him escape a nasty beheading at the climax to part one. The beginning scenes too are really good, showing a deep friendly link between the good Doc and Sarah. The only thing that lets this story down for me is the rather confused ending. I feel theres no real explanation of what happened to the Helix. But its still a very very impressive Doctor Who story. I feel this is Louis Marks finest script for the series, he went out on a real real high.

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