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Susan Jameson reads a brand-new original story featuring the Fourth Doctor and his companion Mrs Wibbsey.

In 18th Century coastal Italy, the local fishermen haul in an extraordinary catch: a gigantic serpent. The Doctor identifies it as an alien, but to the ailing locals this fabled sea creature has the capacity to heal them - if only Count Otto will share it with them. When Mrs Wibbsey comes under the influence of the Count, the Doctor finds himself snared by the wicked power of a seemingly immortal magician, the infamous Cagliostro!

Set after the events of the Nest Cottage Chronicles, the story is read by Mrs Wibbsey herself, as played by Susan Jameson.

©2018 Paul Magrs (P)2018 BBC Digital Audio

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  • Spencer
  • Media, PA, United States
  • 08-12-18

Some neat ideas fall flat

This one had ingredients I liked, (the space monster being the sympathetic one, seaside adventure, a likeable companion), but it just didn't gel. I expected to find out the companion was under some psychic influence given how easily she trusted the obviously evil count and how quickly she went along with him, even after finding out that he worships a horrifying homunculus, but nothing came of it. The villagers had no character presence and the villains we did get were very paint-by-numbers, and there was never scifi explanation for the dark sorcery. I'd read another story with this companion, but on its own this is a dud.