• Reply to: Christmas on a Rational Planet   1 month 1 week ago
    Author: whoniverse

    I guess it was inevitable that we'd miss some of those references, thanks for filling in some of the blanks. They're now added in.

  • Reply to: Christmas on a Rational Planet   1 month 2 weeks ago
    Author: J’amy McCrimpond

    The list of references is definitely not complete.

    You have nothing for Marinus, but the Voord are mentioned.

    You have nothing for Aztecs, but Chris says ‘... we can’t change history. Not one line, apparently. I mean, maybe the odd word or two. I don’t know.’

    I’m sure there are more; those are just the first two blanks in your table. I don’t think the rumout about every story is true, but it’s closer than you’re giving credit for.

  • Reply to: Death and Diplomacy   2 months 6 days ago
    Author: J'Amy McCrimpond

    First, a quick indirect reference: Starting in the late 70s, Doctor Who featured an increasing number of charming rogue characters. But bizarrely, they all fit the 60s archetype, which for the entire rest of the world (especially in SF) had been completely replaced by Han Solo. With Jason, they finally caught up to the late 70s. (Or reverted to the mid 30s, which is the same thing here.) Sabalom Glitz was a lovable rogue that nobody could actually love; Jason Kane is one that anyone can. Of course he's really more a parody of Han Solo taken seriously than he is the character played straight, but that's true for everything Dave Stone does.

    Anyway, I realize that Dave Stone is the marmite writer of the New Adventures, but I can't believe anyone who liked Sky Pirates could hate Death & Diplomacy. Critics point out--rightly, and with Dave's assent--that the former is all broad gags and wild ideas that, while fun, add up to nothing.

    As for Space Bitch Ace, I think most people would agree that the idea of her was interesting, but the execution was terrible. But I don't think that's because the writers hated the idea. She was terrible when PDE wrote her, and she was his idea, while Kate Orman, the ultimate frocks-over-guns writer, was the only one to make good use of the character.

    As for Benny: almost nobody could write Space Bitch Ace, most of the writers couldn't handle Roz, and everyone did Chris well but only writing him as a completely different character beyond the surface stuff; Benny was the only companion (until Fitz) who was well-realized enough that almost everyone could make her work. And I don't see her as a Mary Sue at all. But if you don't like her, I'm obviously not going to change your mind after all these decades.

    That being said, I would suggest reading one of the Benny novels: Dead Romance. Benny isn't even in it, only a distant relative of hers. (And she's not even that if you read the Mad Norwegian version.) Actually, the book before it (speaking of Mary Sues) only peripherally includes Benny as well, but I suspect you'd hate that one, as it's Dave Stone at his Dave Stoniest.

  • Reply to: Happy Endings   2 months 6 days ago
    Author: J'Amy McCrimpond

    The book does have guest stars from Human Nature. Alexander Shuttleworrh shows up, and he and the Doctor discuss Joan Redfern (although not by name, IIRC).

    The three Higher Eternals are from most of Cornell's books, and should probably be listed for at least Revelation.

    A bunch of the Travelers show up, not just Maire.

    Also, doesn't the soldier that Benny killed in Just War show up in the Puterspace pagan wedding?

    Finally, Romana (and the mention of former President Flavia) is a reference to Blood Harvest (and Goth Opera, and the alternate future in Human Nature), in the same way that Ace is a reference to Set Piece, and so on for the Master, the UNIT crew, etc. Like Ace, Romana 2 is a TV character, and a recurring character, and a former companion, but like Dorothee, Lady President Romana is a VNA character.

  • Reply to: The Crystal Bucephalus   2 months 3 weeks ago
    Author: whoniverse

    These are now added into the article. Thanks for pointing them out.

  • Reply to: The Crystal Bucephalus   5 months 1 week ago
    Author: DavidGB

    "Turlough remembered reading about the effects of plasma damage on the biosphere of Qo’noS. Nasty business. ‘I can imagine,’ he muttered."

    Qo’noS is the Klingon Homeworld in Star Trek, and its biosphere was devastated by the explosion of its moon Praxis and the energy production facilities thereon.

    "The Maitre D’ was not happy. He’d been in Cubiculo 498, enjoying coffee and liqueurs with Senator Xavier on Risa"

    Risa is the most famous leisure planet in the Federation in Star Trek, with the best restaurants.

    Two mentions of the "Academia Scholastica on Vulcan". It sounds like its referencing the prestigious Vulcan Science Academy from Star Trek, and not the Power of The Dalek's Doctor Who Vulcan, which was an unpleasant planet, Earth's 3rd ever colony basically just for resource mining, soon abandoned and was "practically a legend" already by 2136.

    "... the Cubiculo was considerably more ornate than the others, with its inlaid patterns of gold and latinum."

    Gold pressed latinum - the Ferengi currency, also widely used by other races when not dealing in Federation credits.

    I'm pretty sure I noticed another Star trek reference too, but can't remember what it was at the moment.

  • Reply to: Imperial Moon   6 months 1 week ago
    Author: whoniverse

    Thanks for the heads up. I've now fixed that.

  • Reply to: The Left-Handed Hummingbird   6 months 3 weeks ago
    Author: Rabukurafuto

    An emotional roller coaster. Kate Orman explores the Doctor's feelings like no other writer thus far in the New Adventures, and does it during a terrifying epic adventure that gives up timey-wimey long before Steven Moffat was on the scene. The prose is a little rough in places but otherwise it's a damn fine story.

    I was concerned about all the mentioned atrocities and disasters though. I hate when real-life disasters are given supernatural/alien origins, and The Left-Handed Hummingbird looked like it was about to become one of the most outrageous examples of this. However, Orman subverts this with Huitzilin claiming he was present at scenes of grief and pain to feed off them but didn't cause them himself. This was a relief to see.

    There's a further link: Benny recalls Zamina telling her about catfood monsters when she observes a New York City bag lady with pet food (Transit).

  • Reply to: Imperial Moon   7 months 1 week ago
    Author: doctorwhonoe

    there's not tegan in this story

  • Reply to: The Daleks' Masterplan   8 months 4 days ago
    Author: Wholahoop

    he's not called 'the Monk', and he's not called 'Mortimus' either. Trying to bring the name 'Mortimus' into things creates numerous problems. Should we look at things....

    1)'Mortimus' is first used in Paul Cornell's "novel" No Future. Here we learn that "Mortimus" FIRST met the Doctor in The Time Meddler(contradicting both the television serial AND its Target novelisation), and that he was stranded on the ice planet at the end of The Daleks' Master Plan(contradicting both THAT telesision serial and its Target novelisation). No Future also states that "Mortimus" left Gallifrey fifty years after the Doctor, which is inaccurate, which is Cornell completely mishearing what was ACTUALLY said in The Time Meddler.

    2)Then, in Divided Loyalties, we find out that the Doctor and 'Mortimus' are very good friends ON GALLIFREY. Oh, and 'Mortimus' leaves Gallifrey BEFORE the Doctor.

    3)'Mortimus' is reused by the Big Finish Audios....

    First, the EIGHTH Doctor meets "the Monk"(never called 'Mortimus'), and it is stated that 'Mortimus' left Gallifrey fifty years after the Doctor, and that they haven't seen each other since The Daleks' Master Plan. And he very irritatingly introduces HIMSELF as 'the Monk'.

    In 'The Rani Elite', the Sixth Doctor and the Rani discuss their time on Gallifrey, including their old friend, 'Mortimus'.

    Then, in the "loco Doctors" trilogy, "the Monk" meets the FIFTH Doctor And here, he says that the Doctor is the ONLY ONE who calls him 'the Monk'.

    Can it get more ridiculous? In 'The Black Hole' the SECOND Doctor meets another Time Lord who everyone starts calling 'the Monk', even though he's just said that that was a one-off disguise.

    'The Monk' then pops up in a couple of BF short trips, meeting both the Third and the Fourth Doctors.

    He then reappears in another Eighth Doctor audio box set, 'Doom Coalition 4', again called 'the Monk' by everyone.

    But THAT'S all fine and dandy, isn't it? Sheesh.

  • Reply to: The Dimension Riders   8 months 2 weeks ago
    Author: Rabukurafuto

    Functionable enough but filled with that most irritating beginning writer's mistake: overreliance upon adverbs, especially to describe speech. 'Tom snapped irritably.' 'Vaiq asked slowly.' '[The Doctor] said quietly.' No more! Make it stop! Each instance is a finger leaping from the page to jab me in the eye. At least this one didn't make super obvious hints about the mysterious manipulator and it had actual chapters.

  • Reply to: The Daleks' Masterplan   8 months 3 weeks ago
    Author: TheDimentioneer

    The Monk is actually called Mortimus, backing up my explanation.

  • Reply to: The Daleks' Masterplan   8 months 3 weeks ago
    Author: TheDimentioneer

    He isn't the Monk like you said, he isn't The Master or The War Chief (Magnus) either. He is clearly another Time Lord who became a renagade. Look at The War Chief, he is obviously not called The War Chief but that is what we call him.

    He isn't the Monk, but we still call him that. Forever that time lord will be called The Monk.

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  • Reply to: Blood Heat   1 year 6 days ago
    Author: Rabukurafuto

    A drab slog. It started off all right with the traumatised alternative Jo and the knowledge of the alternative Third Doctor's death, but it was all very numbing after so many pages of UNIT and the Silurians committing war crimes followed by Liz demanding peace. As much as Mortimore tries to sell us on the idea both sides have their points, it's heavily slanted towards the humans; the Silurians are immensely brutal and we see far less from their point of view, making it much harder to sympathise with them. To top it off, nothing the protagonists do matters in the end, and the identity of the villain behind the history changes is blindingly obvious thanks to poor wording. It also sees the return of the giant chapters that Deceit had, a feature I hate. It was kind of nice having illustrations again though.

  • Reply to: Cold Fusion   1 year 3 months ago
    Author: DavidBE

    'A lot of what happened before my second regeneration is hazy. Great chunks of my life are missing.'

    You note the in universe factual content of the lines under Continuity above, but surely it should be mentioned (under 'roots', perhaps, or even 'Dialogue triumphs' - gave me the biggest smile in the story) that it's actually a metafictional joke - a reference to all the missing episodes, wiped by the BBC and unrecovered, from the First and Second Doctor's TV seasons.

  • Reply to: Godengine   1 year 3 months ago
    Author: DavidBE

    There's a certain 60s scifi shout-out that's passed you by - must be deliberate by the author, it's so loud it's deafening to anyone who was a scifi fan kid in the 60s in Britain (as I was). He even teases: uses the name several times, causing a 'Hang on. Is he going to ...?', and dragging it out before finally the appearance and the description - 'Yes! He did it!' (big grin).

    it's a shout-out to the science fiction future in the Gerry Anderson 'supermarionation' (puppet) scifi shows, specifically Thunderbirds - even more specifically the feature film 'Thunderbirds Are Go' - and also 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons' (same shared future history and universe as Thunderbirds, just a few years later), especially in the licensed official Captain Scarlet comic strips in the 'TV Century 21' comic (name changing to just TV21 part way through - presented as a newspaper from the mid 21st century in the shared future history of Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, and greatly expanding the background of the TV shows in a licensed, official way.)

    In 'Thunderbirds are Go' the mid-21st century Zero-X mission to Mars, driving around in the MEV, find one native Martian life-form in the otherwise barren landscape ... which duly attacks them (possibly only because they were provoked by the Zero-X crew trying to break samples off something they don't realise is alive), forcing them to lift off dangerously and early to escape. Still a very memorable scene to me, for all that I was six at the time I saw it after the film's release (actually especially because I was only 6 and at that age it was very scary). What they had found (and tried to blow samples off) was .... Martian Rock Snakes. That's what they were called, and they also featured several times and quite luridly in the Captain Scarlet comic strips in stories that returned to Mars. And they looked like ... a string of boulders (easily mistaken for a rock pile when curled up), with a single large eye in the head 'boulder', and an attack consisting of blasts of superhot plasma. Sound familiar? Craig Hinton's Martian Rock Snakes have the same name, and the same description - he's just changed two things: made them smaller (the Thunderbirds/Captain Scarlet ones are vehicle size), and has his little ones fire the plasma from a sting on the tail rather than out of their mouths. (A Google image search on Thunderbirds Martain Rock Snake pulls up pics from the Thunderbirds Are Go film, and on Captain Scarlet Martian Rock Snake finds a whole page from a TV21 story they appear in, if you are interested.)

    So - deliberate shout-out, and Thunderbirds Are Go and Captain Scarlet should be in 'Roots'.

  • Reply to: Happy Endings   1 year 3 months ago
    Author: DavidBE

    You say, above, 'The Charrl, who now worship the Doctor, bring the Doctor's original TARDIS to the wedding - it escaped destruction in the Time Ram from Blood Heat thanks to the effects of the Fortean Flicker. Muldwych takes it at the end, intending to drop the Doctor off at a suitable planet. He suggests using a merge program to transfer the rooms and contents of the original TARDIS to the Doctor's new one.'

    This is wrong in two respects.

    Muldwych tells the Doctor that the Charrl have cleaned up the Doctor's original TARDIS so the Doctor can have it back now, then asks for the 'new' one (the alternate 3rd Doctor's one the Doctor's been using since Blood Heat), suggesting the merge so that the Doctor can move anything the Doctor wants from the 'new' TARDIS to his original one, not the other way round. Muldwych then takes the 'new' TARDIS - the Blood Heat alternate one - intendng to drop the CHARRL off on a suitable planet (not drop off the Doctor, which is what you've written above). The Doctor then goes back to using his original TARDIS - the one lost in the tar pit in Blood Heat, not the 'new one' as you've written.

    Quoting from the text near the end at a point after Muldwych has gone with one TARDIS:

    'Jason and Bernice were handing the wedding photos out to Roz and Chris, around a little table in the TARDIS console room. The Doctor had been wandering about, now that he’d dropped Keri off, delighted to have his original ship back. He was, however, making the occasional tutting noise at the mess that the Charrl had left it in.'

    Emphaisis added, and note this TARDIS has some Charrl mess left in it - so it's the one the Charrl arrived in, which is the Doctor's original TARDIS recovered from the Blood Heat tar pit.

    So - this is where The Doctor gets his original Tardis back, letting Muldwych take the Blood Heat 3rd Doctor one; the Doctor does NOT continue in the Blood Heat 3rd Doctor's one, just moves any wanted rooms and property accumulated since Blood Heat (like all of Roz and Chris's stuff, one would imagine) from the Blood Heat 3rd Doctor TARDIS into this, his original TARDIS during the merge. He would be delighted to get his original TARDIS back for at least two reasons: (i) as you've actually noted in your pages on earlier NAs, the Blood Heat Tardis the Doctor's been using from Blood Heat to now doesn't fully trust the Doctor, although it does trust Ace, and Ace can actually operate it better than the Doctor himself can, much to his annoyance; and (ii) the Doctor's original TARDIS had been upgraded by him over centuries beyond the Blood Heat 3rd Doctor's TARDIS, and it seems very unilkely that Ace would have known all about all of those changes/upgrades when the Blood Heat 3rd Doctor TARDIS reconstructed itself from Ace's memories of the original one as it was immediately before Blood Heat.

  • Reply to: Death and Diplomacy   1 year 3 months ago
    Author: DavidBE

    Pretty much anyone in the UK who lived through the 70s wil recognize that Sergeant Vim, with his 'You is a poof Gunner ------. What is you?', and ‘Does I look like a hofficer, Gunner -----?’, and 'Lovely shoulders. Lovely shoulders' to the one gunner he unaccountably likes, and to crown it all the ‘we’re a concert party. That’s what we are. Here to entertain you’ is a complete deliberate lift, for humerous effect, of the character of Battery Sergeant Major Williams, complete with his catchphrases (barring changing the names of the gunners addressed) in the sitcom 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum', from the BBC, originally broadcast from 1974-1980, which was a comedy following the (mis)adventures of a group of useless soldiers forming a concert party at a Royal Artilery depot in India during WW2. The writer would definitely have expected all British readers to recognize this, and laugh or groan (I groaned)..

    I have to say i disagree with your 'bottom line'. I enjoyed Sky Pirates, but Death and Diplomacy is just terrible. On the one hand the author has a basically serious plot with some supposedly intense and serious scenes, but on the other hand he has completely non-serous elements and he writes it like he's trying to ape Douglas Adams's Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy ... and I',m sorry to break it to him, but he's no Douglas Adams. The whole mess veers jarringly in tone back and forth, sabotaging both the humour and the supposedly moving bits, and doesn't so much fall as plummet screaming between two stools.

    To me the only redeeming quality is that it's setting the stage for the imminent departure of the odious Benny. Back in ... 1995/6/7 I first read the first 9 New Adventures, plus Deceit, Set Piece, Head Games and then Lungbarrow (after the first 8 I had an idea for writing one myself, but it featured Ace in a main role, and I gathered from SF magazines I read at the time that her character had gone, then come back changed, then left again, but popped back for some occasional reappearances, hence the NAs i jumped to after Love and War - figured I could still make it work, sent off to Virgin for the submission guidelines, which i still have somewhere, retooled my story a bit, wondered whether to submit it as a New Adventure, as it would be from Ace's timeline, or a Missing Adventure, as it would be from the Doctor's, wrote the detailed synopsis, and was just writing the sample chapters when the news came through that the BBC had pulled the plug on Virgin's license, all remaining new releases were already comtracted, and no new submissions would be accepted - grrrr - so I gave up, but did get and read Lungbarrow as it was supposed to finally explain the 'Cartmel Masterplan') so I'd only read 4 Benny stories back then. Didn't much like her then, but heard how she'd become a 'fan favorite' and got her own ongoing series, so I hoped other writers had made her a better character. For me - no such luck. She has been consistently dreadful - an arrogant, pompous and most especially SMUG complete Mary Sue of a character. I had to get right the way to The Also People to find one story i found her ... not good but just about tolerable in. Had my hopes raised that her torture in Just War might bring about a welcome character change (and it should have), but no such luck - the reset button was firmly pushed for the next one and all since. Mind you, much as I want her to go, I just don't believe that she (as written throughout the series) would fall for Jason Kane. (Then again, I suppose that's fitting as I didn't believe most of the sudden romances that had companions leaving in the original series either ... Susan, Jo, Leela et al, even when I welcomed the leaving of the character).

    The most galling thing for me, working my way through reading all the New Adventures, most for the first time, is how my reaction on certain matters is the opposite of what i read in the SF magazines was the 'fan reaction'. Fans loved Benny, it was said, but hated Space Fleet Ace. I detest Benny, but ... well, I really like the IDEA of Space fleet Ace. I just think that Space Fleet Ace was written terribly by all the authors, none of whom appear to have any idea of what a soldier and soldier metality is really like, and none of whom can actually write a realistic close combat scene involving at least one well trained combatant to save their lives (plus all of them seemed to want to do down Ace and raise Benny as a paragon of companionhood to beat Ace over he head with, for whatever reason). For all the stories with Ace in from Deceit on, I'd have a special subsection under Goofs called something like 'Making Ace the worst supposedly well trained and skilled soldier ever'.

    Oh no. Came back here to see what you have to say about the next three NAs, which I've now read, and remembered I'd meant to add the thing about It Ain't Half Hot Mum. Thought that after the next one I was done with Benny (I will NOT be reading Benny's own series of NAs), and I so enjoyed her absence from the next two, but she's back again in the next one for me to read! That's one less Benny-less one out of the few left to read.

  • Reply to: Death and Diplomacy   1 year 5 months ago
    Author: DavidBE

    I'm only a little way into this book as I work my way the whole NA series, and just popped onto this page to read your bottomline, not the rest yet. But I coudn't help noticing that while in the 'Roots' you mentioned the Star Wars' bar cantina scene for the Fatigue Shebeen scene, you appear to have missed that one of the domino players - 'Hammerhead' - is not only clearly described as the Xenomorph from the Aliens movies, but it includes a clear precis of the plots of Alien, Aliens and Alien3!

    "But when you look like Freud’s worst slimy nightmare, are born by exploding spectacularly out of somebody’s sternum, can brutally slaughter the entire crew of a starship, the population of an exploratory colony and the inmates of a prison complex in an hour and a half and then hound any last survivor across half a galaxy until they kill themselves with their own flamethrower just to put themselves out of their misery and avoid the subsequent complications of the child-access rights ..."

    I'd say that Alien, Aliens and Aliens 3 deserve a mention as much as Star Wars.

  • Reply to: Daleks in Manhattan   1 year 5 months ago
    Author: daniel resendiz

    In some shots from the top of the Empire State building you can see the Empire State building.

  • Reply to: Iceberg   1 year 6 months ago
    Author: Rabukurafuto

    A mess really. I don't care how much swearing is there (and I really didn't notice any other than the infamous "Fuck you, mate!" bit), Iceberg has far better reasons to dislike it. David Banks has an irritating "edgy" prose that results in long swaths where characters are only identified as he or she. We get extremely long stretches that don't go anywhere, especially regarding Mike Brack, making him as untrustworthy and creepy as possible just for a red herring. Instead Straker is the Cyberman agent, except he turns on them the moment the show up. Why was he helping them? Why did he betray them? The time spent with Ruby feels wasted since she doesn't join the Doctor, and the use of the snowbase and going through the trouble of establishing Pamela as Cutler's daughter have very little pay-off. It doesn't even make sense to keep the Doctor off-page for so long; it's not like he was working behind the scenes setting everything up for Ruby. How could any of Bono's personality remain in the Cyber Controller? It clearly states that all of Bono's brain was removed. I really think the Doctor's line "A kind of carat and stick approach," should be counted as a Dialogue Disaster, and Pah T'wa has to be some of the fakest Chinese I've heard since The Talons of Weng Chiang. Finally, there was no reason for any of that terrorist and Freedom Foundation nonsense; that had no relevance at all from what I remember.

    What I did like was giving such a prominent role to a woman of colour like Ruby; it's just a shame that her development is for nothing in the end. I really like the Cyber Controller from The Tomb of the Cybermen so it was nice seeing the origin of that model. The scene with Ruby discovering the horrifying human experiments was amazingly well done, packing a visceral punch that makes the Cybermen so disturbing. Ultimately though, the negatives greatly outweigh the positives for me in Iceberg.

  • Reply to: Birthright   1 year 6 months ago
    Author: Rabukurafuto

    A rough but delightful romp, and truly the moment where Benny at last grows into the character so beloved today. The prose needs some work, what with the sudden changing of character perspectives, but making Benny the main focus was a brilliant move, allowing her character space to develop without the Doctor looming over her. Like Deceit though we get a little obnoxious slut shaming from her, which is interesting considering what her time period is apparently like. I've only experienced a few of Benny's solo adventures before, but if Birthright is any indication then she's got a splendid future ahead of her.

  • Reply to: Shadowmind   1 year 6 months ago
    Author: Rabukurafuto

    I quite liked Shadowmind, from the Invasion of the Bodysnatchers-style intrigue to the sudden shift into military SF. I loved the scene where the Doctor revealed the duplicates, blowing the lid off their conspiracy, and Ace's dilemma at the end was horrifying. Umbra was a bit of a mess though, feeling almost tacked-on when the evil Shenn faction made strong enough enemies on their own. We get no insight at all into them, and after Umbra's defeat the novel ends very abruptly. I also question the point of Bernice seeing the First Doctor for a moment instead of the Seventh. That never became important to the plot, so why have it? I also found it suffered from too many named characters, much like Lucifer Rising, making it hard to keep track of everyone. On the whole though, I'm glad I read Shadowmind.

  • Reply to: Head Games   1 year 7 months ago
    Author: DavidBE

    Just for the sake of completeness - one bit of continuity you haven't mentioned. When Mel left the Doctor so abruptly in Dragonfire, she also left possessions, including clothes, in the TARDIS. Having nothing with her after being picked up abruptly by Jason and Dr Who from Avalone, she expects to find her old stuff, including a change of clothes she desparately needs, still in the TARDIS. She doesn't, because this isn't the original TARDIS but rather the alternate reality 3rd Doctor's from Blood Heat which she has never been in. Benny explains this to Mel and helps her find some clothes from the TARDIS wardrobe rooms, but Mel clearly doesn't believe this and still accuses the Doctor of having thrown all her stuff away after getting rid of her in Dragonfire, leaving her with nothing.

    (Interesting question: what does happen to companion's rooms, and the stuff in them, when they leave? Do new companions have to clean out and redecorate the rooms of old ones? Does the Doctor go in and pack the stuff away? Does he just use the architectural reconfiguration system to move old companions' rooms away and bring new, as yet unused rooms close for the new companions so all the old rooms and contents are still filed away far from the console room? In Zamper, the Doctor mentions to Benny that some of Ace's weapons were still lying about in the TARDIS at that point.)

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