Written by Marc Platt, The Cradle of the Snake sees the TARDIS crew encounter malevolent entity The Mara, which had previously subjugated Tegan’s will in Kinda (1982) and Snakedance (1983).
“The Mara is in all of us, deep in our minds. In our darkest thoughts, thatâ€™s where it started. Some people call it a demon, but thatâ€™s too simple. Itâ€™s about temptation.”
Tegan’s nightmares have returned. Seeking to banish the snake-like Mara from his companion’s psyche, the Doctor sets course for Manussa, the creature’s point of origin. But the TARDIS arrives instead in the heyday of the Manussan Empire, where infotainment impresario Rick ausGarten is preparing to turn dreams into reality.
The sun is setting on the Manussan Empireâ€¦ and it’s all the Doctor’s fault.
The Cradle of the Snake also features Dan Stevens, Vernon Dobtcheff, Hugh Fraser, and is directed by Barnaby Edwards. Cover design is by Iain Robertson.
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