The picture contains both the individual Snakedance cover as well as the boxset cover – both featuring the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison)Â along with Tegan (Janet Fielding), Lon (Martin Clunes) and the Mara.
Drawing heavily on both buddist teaching and Christian parables, Kinda and its sequel Snakedance first introduced the Mara, a manifestation that feeds on the misery and suffering of other beings through possession.
In Kinda, Tegan falls under the spell of the Mara, tormenting a team of scientists studying the naive but telepathically gifted inhabitants the Kinda, who eventually free a scientist from the Mara after it jumps from Tegan, and with the Doctor banish the mara, now in the form ofÂ a giant snake, by using a ciicle of mirrors.
Snakedance sees TeganÂ hijacking andÂ landing theÂ TARDISÂ on the planet Manussa after become possessed by the Mara, where the Federator’s son Lon and his mother are preparing celebrations marking the five hundreth anniversary of the its banishment, seeking to manipulate the inhabitants minds in order to find the blue crystal- the device that first brought it into existence.
Recently Piers Wenger spoke of Snakedance‘s influnce in the new series plans to create new monsters.
Mara Tales will be released on March 7th, 2011 and can be pre-ordered now from Amazon for Â£22.49!