Snakedance is the season 20 sequel to season 19’s classic Kinda. While not the classic story that Kinda was it did have some nice moments and was a pretty decent story in its own right. Plus it has none other than Martin Clunes in it. Yes Doc Martin himself in one of his first television appearances. Snakedance heralds the return of the evil and manipulating Mara and yet another silly looking snake.
Snakedance brings us another great performance by Janet Fielding as she once again plays the evil Tegan possessed again by the Mara. This time we don’t get the insight into her mind instead we are forward ahead to her possession and the havoc she is going to unleash on the planet of Manussa. To take over Manussa and extract revenge for their defeat from 500 years ago. They will do this by taking over Lom the Federator’s son and by using the great crystal to once again gain corporal form
I really enjoyed this story as it gives us another chance of seeing The Doctor and Nyssa working together which in itself could have been a good pairing if there weren’t so many companions during the 5th Doctor’s era. Snakedance also used witchcraft instead of science to win the day as The Doctor used the venom of a snake to go into a trance to communicate with Dojjen and to learn about the crystal and how to stop the Mara. Which was something not done before on Doctor Who.
Snakedance keeps up the tradition from Kinda of having a pretty bad looking snake. But I have to admit the one in Snakedance isn’t as bad as the one in Kinda. It was probably due to the fact that they didn’t try to do something large scale. Well, they did try to superimpose Tegan’s head inside the mouth and that looked bad. Well yes it was quite comical and at times painful to watch.
Snakedance is one of those stories that is fun to watch as it is one of those traditional Doctor Who stories where good overcomes evil and The Doctor finds a way to save the day without the need of technology most notably the sonic screwdriver. He uses his mind and outwits the enemy. This is possibly why I like it so much. Well and the fact that The Doctor shows Doc Martin who the best Doctor is.
So join us Sunday December 30th for the last TARDISTweets of 2012 as we watch Peter Davison's Snakedance. Doors open at 7:45PM UK/ 2:45PM EST US.