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The Masters of Luxor by Anthony Coburn
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The Masters of Luxor could conceivably be called the first ever lost story in Doctor Who history. Written by Anthony Coburn, it was intended to be the second serial, ultimately rejected in favour of The Daleks (or The Mutants, if you prefer). For the next part of the third season of The Lost Stories, Big Finish has moved on from the Sixth Doctor and back to the First: Nigel Robinson adapts Coburn’s script, and William Russell and Carole Ann Ford perform it in a third-person “enhanced audiobook” format, in the style of 2010’s The First Doctor Box Set.

The first thing that strikes the listener of The Masters of Luxor is its amazing scale — a scale one suspects would have had to be rendered in a few model shots had the story been made in the 1960s. The story opens with the TARDIS being drawn off course by a mysterious signal, bringing it to a citadel on an unknown planet in a distant galaxy. The TARDIS even flies around this citadel, something we would only see in a scant few later stories, perhaps most notably Delta and the Bannermen and The Runaway Bride. The first two episodes, especially, give us a magnificent series of descriptions of this citadel and its environs, as Ian and Susan slowly explore it.

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