Dr Who: Mara Tales: DVD Review
Dr Who - Mara Tales
Released by BBC and Roadshow
Davison stars in these two classic Who tales which have been fan favourites for
a long time.
In Kinda and Snakedance, companion
Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Davison's fifth doctor take the spotlight as they
take on the forces of pure evil, the Mara which infests Tegan's mind and
threatens the universe.
The sequel Snakedance sees
the Mara reborn again and on the verge of once again destroying both Tegan and
the creature's homeworld Manussa.
this is classic Who at its best - and worst thanks to budgetary confines; a
brilliantly realized concept is crippled by the fact its main effect looks like
a snake made from cardboard; but with the release of these DVDs and the steps
made in technology, you'll be able to see how it should have been done - thanks
to a re-envisioning.
The stories are well written
and acted too - concepts of faith, Buddhism and belief in good and evil are all
explored and given life; and Snakedance sees the very first acting job of Martin
Once again, the extras are superlative and
commentaries, deleted scenes and some great behind the scenes docos show why
this pair of stories have an enduring appeal.
Sure, some will get lost in the fact it's 80s Dr Who - but fans will
truly adore this set which has been a long time coming.