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MISSIONS IMPOSSIBLE

Daredevil thief Christina carries a special winch to assist her manoeuvres at the International Gallery – later described in stage directions as “a super-compact-techno-winch, sleek and black, Mission Impossible-style”. The reference is revealing, because her two big stunts seemingly owe more than a little to a much-parodied scene from big-screen TV revival movie Mission: Impossible (1996) – in which Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) uses two super-thin cables suspended from his belt to drop from the roof of a high-security computer room, without tripping sensors in the floor. But that Mission: Impossible scene itself seemingly owed much to a sequence in the heist thriller Topkapi (1964). There, acrobatic ‘human fly’ Guilio (Gilles Ségal) employed a not-dissimilar winch to descend from a high point above a room in Istanbul’s supposedly impregnable Topkapi Palace in order to swipe an ancient royal treasure – not a golden cup, but an emerald-encrusted dagger – leaving a replica in its place. (Strangely, Planet of the Dead also features a sort-of ‘human fly’ – two of them, in fact.)

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From scenes which didn't make the final cut to characters who were completely edited out... Issue 525 of Doctor Who Magazine brings you the best bits of Doctor Who you never got to see! Doctor Who Magazine 525 also includes: • An interview with Will Oswald, an editor on Doctor Who from 2007 to 2017 • DWM chats to Michelle Ryan about the return of her character Lady Christina de Souza • The Time Team returns - and they've regenerated! • Out of the TARDIS with Janet Fielding, who played 80s companion Tegan • A look back at the ways new Doctors have been introduced to the public • Jamie Lenman's cosplay quest to recreate the Fourth Doctor's scarf • Part Two of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2009 Tenth Doctor story Planet of the Dead • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!