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Running around the maze

By:Clive T Wright, St Lawrence, United Kingdom
Date:Thursday 7 July 2011
Rating:   9

In many ways Rat Trap is a clever and original story, turning the tables on man's treatment of animals. Companions are show the best (or worst) of their character, which as times is fun in a cruel way.

There is a hint of the future for Tegan, perhaps something nasty will come back. At times a little confusing with lots of cast members running about smelly tunnels, which is the only reason its not a 10.


By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Monday 20 February 2017
Rating:   7

The plot of Rat Trap involves Doctor 5, Nyssa, Tegan, and Turlough heading for a medieval joust and arriving in the right place, wrong time. It's 1983, election day, and deep under a medieval castle are the remains of WWII safety tunnels for the PM. Ah, but something is down there with them. The tunnels were taken over for use in secret experiments to augment rat intelligence, to make rats into weapons. Now, our heroes, some amateur investigators, and two pen pushers, are trapped down there with telepathic, oversized rats who just hate what humans have done to their kind, and who are planning sweet revenge against all of humanity. The story follows 1983 Doctor Who very well, with the TARDIS crew swiftly split up and following multiple trails to the same location. The small central location and tight plotting makes the atmosphere claustrophobic and tense. This story, however, never would have been done in 1983 given the sensitivities of many viewers about rats, one of the more common phobias. Each of the companions comes out strong in this one. Tegan uses sarcasm to deflect fear, Nyssa is determined to do what she believes to be right, and Turlough is clever rather than cowardly. The electronically processed rat voices get kind of annoying, though. Also, there is a cliched Doctor Who ending in which ignoble people decide to do the noble thing.

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