Synopsis: When the TARDIS lands in a house in Florence, Italy in 1514, it isn’t long before the guards of Guiliano de Medici arrest Steven and Vicki. To rescue them, the Doctor has to employ the help of the house’s owner – one Niccolo Machiavelli. But can he be completely trusted?
Review: The Ravelli Conspiracy, which is penned by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky is a historic adventure, which sees the Doctor, Vicki and Steven having to match wits with the legendary Niccolo Machiavelli.
The amount of plot twists in this story would do Machiavelli proud.
Much of the leg work in the story is done by Vicki who gains the confidence of Pop Leo the X and winds up unwittingly becoming somewhat of a porn in the plot.
There are some brilliant moments in this story. One of which is Leo mistakenly thinking that the TARDIS is a work of art and not functional.
There are some brilliant acting performances from all concerned. Particularly Mark Frost as the cunning Niccolo Machiavelli. The perfect villain for the Doctor. In fact it would almost be fun to have The Master and the Meddling Monk go back to Italy to take tips from Machiavelli.
Peter Purves does a wonderful job as Narrator, Steven and The Doctor and Maureen O’Brien doesn’t skip a beat as Vicki.
If I have one small criticism it would be that I think this whole story would have been better with the Second Doctor. But that being said you can pretty much use any incarnation of The Doctor for this, but my preference would have been Doctor number two.
- Sound Production9.8
- Art Work9.5