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The Axis of Insanity (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Apr 2004

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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 1 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 4 April 2015
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This is an unusually surreal `Doctor Who' story!

`The Axis of Insanity' is another four-part adventure starring Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant and Caroline Morris as the Doctor, Peri and Erimem. This is the fourth adventure of the TARDIS trio since 'The Eye of the Scorpion'.

I enjoyed listening to this tale by Simon Furman. It's quite a tale to get your head around, but it contains some mind-boggling and brilliant performances from the cast as well as some strange soundscapes featured in the story.

The Doctor, Peri and Erimem visit the Axis, a place where Time Lords keep broken timelines separate from the universe. The Doctor confronts the malicious Jester who has taken over the Axis for his own purposes. Can the Doctor and his friends solve the mystery of what has happened to the Axis?

Simon Furman is well-known in `Transformers' circles. He has written plenty of comics for `Transformers' and `Doctor Who'. This is Simon's first and only contribution to Big Finish `Doctor Who', which is a shame as he delivers a fascinating and creepy tale of surreal proportions.

I'm not sure I get the overall picture of the Axis and how and why the Jester is doing these malicious things tormenting the Doctor, Peri and Erimem. But listening to it again, I've been able to grasp more of what goes on in the story and the true nature of who the Jester actually is.

Originally, this story was meant to be written for the Doctor and Nyssa. I would have liked this story to be for the Doctor and Nyssa and wondered if there would be any difference to my enjoying it. The Doctor and Nyssa would have met an older Adric. Adric?! Yes, that's right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Jan. 2013
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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Not bad Mr. Furman 10 July 2011
By Zachary W. Dyer - Published on Amazon.com
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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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