236. Serpent in the Silver Mask
5/5 "highly entertaining, and highly recommended." Cultbox
"It’s a joy, this story. It’s the kind of story you want to finish, and then loop straight back to the beginning to listen to again." MassMovement
10/10 "It finds the perfect balance of plot, characterisation, mystery and fun. If you enjoy the lighter Davison episodes like Black Orchid, then you’ll love Serpent in the Silver Mask. If you’re not a fan of lighter stories, this tremendously fun adventure is still worth a listen for Sam West playing an entire family at once." Blogtor Who
“The whole thing is tremendous fun and the producers are to be applauded for taking a risk. In less assured hands this could easily have ended up as an embarrassing farce. Serpent is, however, a triumph." Doctor Who Magazine
"The TARDIS crew are on fine form here, not one of them sound a day older than they did thirty-six years ago – there must be something in the Argentian waters" Starburst
"Serpent in the Silver Mask is a delightful little murder mystery, with some intriguing sci-fi twists, black humour and plenty of drama for the Doctor and his companions to get their teeth into. Samuel West is terrific in the various Mazzini roles" The Digital Fix
"(David) Llewellyn has crafted an exemplary script with a central mystery that genuinely surprised me." Doctor Who Online
“When you have a whole TARDIS team at your disposal, it only makes sense to do a Scooby-doo style murder mystery complete with a culprit “under the mask” reveal to finish" The Host Productions
“If you have yet to try the Big Finish main range then this may well be a good introduction to it. This is a fun, rollicking tale that will keep you guessing until the final reveal. Well worth a listen.” Glam Adelaide
"West demonstrates great versatility – as well as providing one of the funniest Big Finish scenes since the heyday of The One Doctor" SciFi Bulletin
"If you wanted a best representation of the Fifth Doctor’s tenure for the most part on audio, “Serpent in the Silver Mask,” is the best" Indie Mac User
You are cordially invited to Argentia, the galaxy’s most exclusive tax haven, to attend the funeral of mining magnate Carlo Mazzini. The memorial service will be followed by music, light refreshments, and murder!
Carlo’s heirs have come to say their final goodbyes (and find out how much they’ve inherited) but when a masked killer begins picking them off one by one, Argentia goes into lock-down, closed off behind its own temporal displacement field.
Can the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric apprehend the murderer before Argentia – and everyone on board - is forever cut off from the rest of the Universe?
Written By: David Llewellyn
Directed By: Barnaby Edwards
Peter Davison (The Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Samuel West (The Mazzini Family), Phil Cornwell (Superintendent Galgo / Zaleb 5), Sophie Winkleman (Sofia). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Guy Adams
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs