on 18 March 2009
The Key 2 Time series continues with this adventure written by Jonathan Clements - the second installment in the series. `The Destroyer of Delights' is primarily set in the Sudan in the Ninth Century, and features the return of The Doctor's key-hunting rival, The Black Guardian. At the end of the preceding adventure (The Judgement of Isskar) The Fifth Doctor and Amy were on the receiving end of assistance from an unexpected quarter, and are now hot on the trail of the fifth segment of the eponymous key.
The story has a Sinbad/Ali Baba-esque feel to it, as the Doctor's recently created companion Amy has become a slave to a money-grubbing nobleman, named... Cassim Ali Baba! Meanwhile, The Doctor is acting with the usual hesitant charm of his Fifth incarnation, and ends up as a go-between for Ali Baba and the Caliph, to whom the avaricious nobleman owes taxes.
This audio works well as both part of the Key2Time trilogy, and as a stand-alone adventure. Davison is on fine form as the deceptively naïve Fifth Doctor, whilst his companion gets to take stock of her surroundings without the Timelord by her side. David Troughton is a fine actor and a Doctor Who stalwart, and Jess Robinson plays the part of lovelorn slave girl Nisrin with panache, prompting both pathos and an awareness of how the freedom we take for granted came at a price. There is some great humour too, and Clements brings out the best in his leading man as well as the guest cast. Highly recommended.
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.
This story features the Fifth Doctor and his newly created companion Amy in the second installment of their mission to obtain the segments of the key to time. Set mostly in the Sudan of the ninth century this is a wonderful romp of a story and Peter Davison in particular seems to be enjoying how annoyed the Fifth Doctor is becoming during this story. After so many segments were found in the first part of the story its jolly good to get a mystery centering on where one particular segment is. This story features an exceptional guest cast, an impressive plot, a lot of fun and a few surprises.
I can honestly say the second part improves on the first and left me feeling that I can't wait for the third.