This is the hundred and eighteenth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five. There are four 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. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of each disc. This is the second of a trilogy of adventures called Key2Time, following up on the Fourth Doctor's adventures with that artefact, and Five's brushes with the Black Guardian.
This adventure is a decided improvement over the previous `Judgement of Isskar'. Five and Amy cast in their lot with an unlikely ally, and are cast back into the ancient Sudan to find the next segment of the Key to Time. An interesting story unfolds in which the Doctor has to work out where the segment is, and somehow keep it from both the Black and the White Guardians. The Black Guardian is in particular an interesting character here, played with a sly wink by the ever reliable David Troughton. I loved the idea of the White Guardian not being as morally right and the Black Guardian not being as morally wrong as their titles would suggest, but rather they are representations of two equally valid viewpoints and it would be disastrous for the universe if either one of them get their way. It's an interesting concept, and well played out. There are also some interesting ruminations on the nature of slavery, and waht it is to be the companion of the Doctor. It's got lots of adventure thrown in with all this philosophical stuff, and is an all round delight. It's still not as good as the best Five stories (Circular time, The Boy That Time Forgot, Singularity, etc) but it's not bad at all. 4 stars.