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4.0 out of 5 stars Is The Doctor's Losing His Sanity?
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.

Extras.
Trailers.

Cast.
The Doctor - Peter...
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3.0 out of 5 stars bad not mad
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...
Published on 28 Jun 2007 by Paul Tapner


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4.0 out of 5 stars Is The Doctor's Losing His Sanity?, 24 Jun 2014
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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.

Extras.
Trailers.

Cast.
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.

Trivia.
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 However, experiments in one of these timelines is causing the others to fracture, and the Axis's Overseer has just been replaced by The Jester in a coup.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.

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer Simon Furman’s story is quite a surreal adventure in vein of the Celestial Toy Room or the Land of Fiction, only this time the setting is the Axis which was created by the Time Lords to prevent alternate timelines from ‘contamination' that really triumphs in Simon Furman script who executes the idea superbly.

The villain of the story is the Jester an advisory similar to the Joker in Batman who is a great villain pitied against the Doctor, Liza Ross is good in her portrayal as scientist Jarra-To, but the highest praise must go to Garrick Hagon’s manic performance as Jarra-To's alter-ego The Jester, Hagon’s performance could've been performed as a silly over the top character but instead the actor has delivered a outstandingly good terrifying performance portraying every dark human emotion from split personality to sheer cruelty which boarders on madness & insanity.

Peter Davisons performance as the Doctor has been deemed by some as not suited to the role & classed as the "wet vet" which I completely disagree with as Davison has delivered great performances both on tv & audio.

Peter Davison is excellent throughout this play who when is given great dialogue & a great advisory to face off against delivers a great gritty performance allowing his Doctor to lose his composure showcases the Fifth Doctor is more than capable of asserting himself to darker grittier adventures.

Peri is used to great effect in this story & is a far better written character than she was written for on tv as she's written as a very assertive character iby Simon Furman in this play while Peri's scenes with Erimem are a joy to listen too as theres a real bond & close friendship blossoming there.

Erimem uses her intelligence & wits throughout this adventure aiding the Doctor & at times makes her character fallible in losing her temper which allows Erimems personality to come through far better than some other audio adventures that the character appears him.

Overall this is one of the best Fifth Doctor, Peri, Erimem audio adventures to date with a superb terrifying performance by Garrick Hagon as The Jester a villain I hope we haven't seen the last of.

With excellent production values a great tightly paced script by Simon Furman & great direction by Gary Russell, The Axis Of Insanity delivers a chillingly good Fifth Doctor audio adventure.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Axis of Insanity: When the inmates take over the asylum, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars You can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs, 12 Mar 2009
This review is from: The Axis of Insanity (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
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
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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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