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The Axis of Insanity (Doctor Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Simon Furman
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844350940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844350940
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is The Doctor's Losing His Sanity? 24 Jun 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The Axis Of Insanity.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Peri Brown, Erimem.
Main enemy: Jarra To.
Main setting: The Axis.
Writer: Simon Furman.
Director: Gary Russell.
Release number: 56.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 105 minutes.


The Doctor - Peter Davison.
Peri Brown - Nicola Bryant.
Erimem - Caroline Morris.
The Overseer - Roy North.
The Jester - Garrick Hagon.
Jarra To - Liza Ross.
Tog - Marc Danbury.
Bird Trader - Stephen Mansfield.
Carnival Barker - Daniel Hogarth.

1)When Time Lords die, their Tardises do as well.
2)Crucially, Erimem does not have a TARDIS key in this story. By Three's a Crowd, however, she regularly wears a key around her neck.
3) A Molenski Univarius is the Gallifreyan equivalent of a Swiss Army knife.
4)Garrick Hagon played Biggs, Luke Skywalkers friend in Star Wars.

Plot Synopsis.
What is... the Axis?

The TARDIS, along with its crew of the Fifth Doctor, Peri & Erimem, lands at the Axis, a mysterious realm where the Time Lords keep broken timelines, splitting them off from the rest of the universe, so as not to affect the rest of the space-time continuum. However, experiments in one of these timelines is causing the others to fracture, and the Axis's Overseer has just been replaced by The Jester in a coup. Soon, the whole of reality begins to disintegrate…

As the Doctor is pitted against a warped & deadly mind he too must face his own past transgressions, & the very nature of what it is to be a Time Lord.

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This is the fifty sixth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five, Nicola Bryant as Peri and Caroline Morris as Erimem. There are 4 episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

It has been sometime since we last met Erimem and Peri, their last adventure was the misjudged Nekromanteia, some fifteen releases previously. Luckily the writers and producers decided to give them a chance to shine in this excellent little adventure.

Here we are introduced to a fascinating idea. The Axis, the place where all temporal mistakes are stored, all those universes and worlds which were never meant to be, but brought about by fiddling of people like the Doctor. Well, their dirty little secret has escaped, and it is up to the Doctor to put the jack back in the box before all hell breaks loose.

It's a story with everything and the kitchen sink thrown in, from high concept SF to knights and dragons. But holding it all together is Davison with his trademark humour and rising panic, coupled with infinite compassion and care for his companions. It's a thrilling little tale that gets the juices flowing, and leads to quite a poignant ending for one character in (without wishing to give any spoilers) a graveyard.

A decent romp, quite entertaining. 4 stars.
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I actually thought that the cover design for this Fifth Doctor story made it look better than it actually was! As the previous reviewer said, the adventure is less exciting than it could be, however I liked it and thought that Simon Furman has created a great character in the Machiavellian Jester. The questioning of The Timelord's own sanity is an original and neatly presented idea and one that is an appropriate counterpoint to the straight-laced and occasionally humourless Fifth Doctor. Not the best Big Finish audio but worth a listen nonetheless.
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3.0 out of 5 stars bad not mad 28 Jun 2007
Another audio adventure for the fifth doctor who. On this occasion with his companions peri and erimen. They visit a place which controls damaged timelines, and prevents things from them getting loose and causing chaos. Only something has gotten loose, and it's a very mad creature that delights in trouble and misfortune. Can the doctor stop it and put it back where it belongs?

The thought of damaged timelines and strange things coming out of them is an intriguing one, and thus you feel this should be a wildly fantastical adventure with a myriad of bizarre delights on the way. But it doesn't quite work out like that. And what happens is okay as stories go, but far too conventional and lacking in imagination to be very memorable.

There's nothing especially wrong with this story. It just doesn't live up to it's potential
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad Mr. Furman 10 July 2011
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Anyone who's a fan of The Transformers Franchise should know the name Simon Furman. Naturally as a fan of his work in comics, when I found out he wrote a story for my other favorite franchise Doctor Who I scrambled to find a copy.
My initial impression at this story was mixed. I didn't quite know how to except it, the villain in the story is probably the biggest let down. While the Jester is sufficiantly insane and has some good one liners the overall motivation for he/she/it's actions don't come accross all that well, there are quite a few events that take place before the start of the story that just don't get enough exposition to really explain everything.
The concept of the Axis is an intrigueing one. It is COMPLETELY like Furman to paint a picture that's wonderfully complex and world building like this, The difficulty is translating this picture to audio only and making sure the listeners are still drawn in to it. I think Mr. Furman succeded here but only just. Peter Davidson's performance is what made it a success. The Doctor's apprehension and at being in the Axis and nervousness at explaining to his companions what the Axis actually was, made the severity of the situation come across in the end much better then anything else.
Peri and Erimem are the companions for this story and both actresses perform well togethor and are a lot of fun to listen to. Peri trying to teach Erimem (An Egyptian Princess) to read English is particularly ammusing.
Overall after listening to the story several times it becomes easier to enjoy and understand. I probably never would have purchased this story if I hadn't already been a fan of Simon Furman, and for his first attempt to write for Dr. Who I believe it was an overall success.
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