Doctor Who: Snakedance (Story 125)
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Perhaps the most unusual aspect of this story is that the main antagonist, Lon, is not totally evil as most Doctor Who villains are; he's merely bored and amoral, and so he is easily corrupted by the real villain of the piece, a malevolent psychic entity called the Mara. The Doctor, who is used to fighting more belligerent opponents, has a hard time convincing people that Lon is truly dangerous. Indeed, for most of this story, the Doctor comes across as some ranting doom merchant who is alternatively ignored and locked up by the very people he's trying to help. This makes an interesting - and surprisingly realistic - change of pace from the show's usual formula of making the Doctor powerful and very much in charge.
Christopher Bailey's script is interesting in many other ways, as it touches lightly but intelligently on issues such as religion, family, and our common failure to learn the appropriate lessons from history.Read more ›
Much like the later Season 25, Season 20 of Doctor Who had the Doctor confronting villains from his past. This time, it's a creature that only appeared in the previous season.
Tegan has given the Doctor the coordinates to Manussa, a planet of the Earth Federation that used to be part of the Manussan Empire and the Sumaran Empire--Su-Mara, in other words, empire of the Mara, the serpentine embodiment of evil that possessed Tegan in the Kinda story. The Doctor's fears that the Mara is back is confirmed, but he fits a device that prevents dreams from occurring in her subconscious. However, once on Manussa, she gets separated from the Doctor and Nyssa, result being that the Mara gains full control over her.
On Manussa, Lon, the young son of the Federator, is bored with affairs of state and spends his time idling on a sofa or behaving childishly, to the chagrin of his indulgent mother Tanha, who wishes he'd take an interest in his own planet's culture. Ambril, the Director of Historical Research, a pompous academic type who is enthusiastic about archaeology and history, is respectful to Lon nevertheless. He isn't bored much longer, as he is summoned by the owner of a hall of mirrors stall sent to fetch him. There, he meets Tegan, who sports a distinctive snake tattoo on her arm, which he acquires once he makes physical contact with her. She enlists him to get the Great Crystal, under the custodianship of Ambril.Read more ›
In fact, much like purchasing the Douglas Adams scripted story, THE PIRATE PLANET (Story 99) to enjoy Adams' sheer wit in a Dr. Who environment, the strength of recommending this purchase is to see the magnificent, and very young, Martin Clunes not only in his very first televised appearance, but also to witness him wearing what I believe is possibly THE UGLIEST Dr. Who costume ever created in 50+ years of history. LOL
First time I saw it, I was stunned. And then the next thought came crashing into my befuddled brain, "Holy smokes, he looks like a 50s American housewife about to do a tub full of dishes!" Yes, the first glimpse of Clunes in that ... getup... is one that has and will haunt him forevermore.
Beyond that, I did find this is one of those adventures that will rely on the watcher to fill in the background bits and make connecting assumptions concerning motives in spite of the amount of standing exposition involved. For instance, I got the impression that throughout the four episodes, Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) was going through a "Daddy Syndrome" with the Doctor in how she was interacting and reacting. Neither the audio commentary or the Making-Of documentary mention this aspect, so like many other aspects concerning SNAKEDANCE, it will have to be a personal explanation of otherwise bizarre behavior on the surface. Still, that is one of the fun bits with Early Doctor Who, innit?
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Snakedance is a superb sequel to Season 19's Kinda as they land on the planet Manussa after the Mara (who had possessed Tegan before) is trying to seize control again. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
My Son Loves this series and they came pretty darn quick too! Must faster than they stated..which is a good thing!Published 14 months ago by Clinton Douglas
Bought 2 DVDs but this one won't play properly eve in the all region DVD player! Frustrating.Published 14 months ago by John
This production is genuinely creepy on a low budget. The Federator's son does a good job of being completely unlikeable.Published 15 months ago by Anthony S.
Snakedance is a good follow-up to Kinda. The story seemed a little slow and I didn't like Nyssa's outfit. I would rate it ok.Published 20 months ago by Char
A big waste of time and money to produce and direct this story line. Davidson has great potential as Dr Who but I believe he ran into some real lame writers during his time with... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kindle Customer