The plot involving who would be the next Master was interesting and sufficiently complex. Richard Briers was excellent as the nasty Master, Sir Clixby Bream. The two dons vying for the position were also superb: John Shrapnel as Julians Storrs, the long-suffering husband, and Roger Allam as Denis Cornford, the ambitious college don. Both were believable and seemed natural in their roles. The female roles were well-developed in this episode. The Angela Storrs character was particularly good, that of an ambitious wife pushing her husband along. Maggie Steed played the role superbly. Mark McGann was convincing as Owens, the playboy journalist, but I thought that Shelly(Holley Chant), Cornford's younger American wife, could have been played more convincingly. Several minor elements added to the general enjoyment of the episode: learning Morse's first name, Morse finally having some success with a lady, meeting Sgt. Lewis' son Ken, humour on the golf course with Strange playing against his bosses, Dr. Laura getting friendly with the suggestion of a drink, and Colin Dexter saying grace in Latin.
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