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Gallifrey, series 2

I'm about four DW review posts behind at the moment, so bear with me while I clear the backlog. It's not really accurate to think of these five plays as a series in themselves; they follow pretty much straight on from the first series of four uniting Louise Jameson as Leela and Lalla Ward as Romana, the latter now president of the Time Lords, and the end is pretty unresolved. I liked the first two of these most, mainly for fannish reasons, but they were all decent enough.

Gallifrey 2.1: Lies - Romana explores the matrix and meets herself - yes, at long last we have Mary Tamm returning as Romana I, explaining why she chose to regenerate at the start of Destiny of the Daleks. Also the set-up for the rest of the series.

Gallifrey 2.2: Spirit - most of this was just not-quite-sapphic bonding between Leela and Romana, with the actual plot, such as it was, a bit confusing and distracting; but I loved it. I think this would be the play to get Old School fans hooked on the series.

Gallifrey 2.3-5: Pandora, Insurgency, Imperiatrix - the last three plays in the series bring us back to Gallifrey, and are really a continuous narrative of palace politics culminating in Mary Tamm's return in unexpected form. All engaging enough, and finishes with a documentary interview with the creators.

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