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Decent Ideas, but Too Short

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Tuesday 2 November 2021
Rating:   7

Here we have one of the 2 for 1 series, 2 stories in 1 package. The stories are very Kamelion focused, and so what happens is not too surprising. The first story, "Black Thursday" is a historical set in a Welsh coal mining town in 1902. Involvement in a mining accident causes the emotions of a recent widow to overwhelm Kamelion's programming. The TARDIS crew must track him down before he does serious damage. This tone of Kamelion being a liability carries into story 2, a science-fiction romp in which an alien is using a fake television game show to recruit unwilling humans to her dirty work. The TARDIS crew have gone off in 1980s Liverpool to track down Kamelion, who has wandered off. Is there a relationship to this TV game show? Again, the story is entertaining, though it gets a little too far-fetched toward the end. Both stories, to my mind, would probably have been better as 4-parters.

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