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The Red Queen's Off With Her Head

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Monday 27 June 2022
Rating:   7

"The Contingency Club" would have fit snugly in 1981 Doctor Who. The story has the TARDIS taken out of action, landing the crew of Doctor 5, Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan, in London 1864 and the world of the Pall Mall gentleman's club. There's a new club in town, snapping up members, and run behind the scenes by a slightly insane woman calling herself The Red Queen. The story has the mix of science-fiction and historical elements that was common in the 1980s. Guest performers Philip Jackson and Clive Merrison are excellent. Ultimately, the story is too snug to be brilliant. There are no real challenges to what one would expect for 1980s Doctor Who.

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