Week 11 – ‘The Nyssa Challenge’

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Hello everyone! 🙂

It’s time for cricket; a fancy dress ball and a spot of murder! This week on ‘The Nyssa Challenge’, the Doctor; Nyssa and Tegan visit Cranleigh Hall in my favourite ‘Doctor Who’ story, ‘Black Orchid’! 🙂

Please see my link for ‘Black Orchid’ here.

Please feel free to comment on my review of ‘Black Orchid’. This includes a review on the TV story and on the Target novelization/audiobook ‘Doctor Who – Black Orchid’ by Terrance Dudley. I encourage you to take part in the discussions of these Nyssa stories each week!

You can purchase the DVD of ‘Black Orchid’ either from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

Enjoy! 🙂

Next week’s story on ‘The Nyssa Challenge’ will be ‘The Darkening Eye’.

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Week 11 – ‘The Nyssa Challenge’

  1. Glynn mcknight

    Hi Tim another well written review as always, thankyou.
    As for black orchid I have to agree wth Janet and Peter I don’t think its a good one from the fifth doctor era.
    I like a pure historical when its done well , the recent Peterloo massacre being an excellent example.
    While I liked the 20s vibe , the cricket scene and the party was fun , good to see them enjoying themselves 😊, the Agatha Christie type murder mystery really didn’t work for me.
    I think they could have improved it if there had been an alien / supernatural angle along the lines of the Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred serial ghostlight that could really have been interesting.
    Just my thoughts keep up the good work Tim it’s really appreciated.

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  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    Hi Glynn.

    Thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoyed my review on ‘Black Orchid’.

    Sorry to hear that you don’t think it’s a good one from the Fifth Doctor era. I personally enjoyed it and found the story great to watch.

    It does have flaws and I’ve re-watched it for the umpteenth time to discover that. But for all its faults, I can’t help stop enjoying the story. It should have a been a four-parter than a two-parter as Terence Dudley certainly added more detail in his novelization of the story compared to the TV story. I sometimes wish the TV story was made like the novelization/audiobook of ‘Black Orchid’ that was wonderfully read by Michael Cochrane.

    Yes ‘The Peterloo Massacre’ was very good as a historical drama, but that was a pritty grim and dark story with a very true, historical context in it. I like historical stories to have humour in them and ‘Black Orchid’ certainly provides that.

    Glad you like the fancy dress bits; the cricket scenes and when the TARDIS companions were enjoying themselves in the story. Sorry you didn’t find the murder mystery aspects to the story convincing. I found them okay, but I suppose they were more convincing in the book compared to the TV story.

    I wouldn’t like ‘Black Orchid’ to have a supernatural element to it like ‘Ghost Light’ did with Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor (which is a story I don’t really understand at all 😀 ). Saying that though, I did write a sequel to ‘Black Orchid’ called ‘The Memory of Memory’ which has an unusual eerie element to it and had an explanation on why Ann and Nyssa looked so similar to each other.

    Thanks for your thoughts, Glynn. I greatly appreciate your comments on my review of ‘Black Orchid’. Thank you so much.

    Enjoy the rest of ‘The Nyssa Challenge’!

    Tim. 🙂



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