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3.0 out of 5 stars Up the Himalayas, again�, 2 Nov 2004
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Roof of the World (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
The Roof of the World starts well, with the 5th Doctor dragging Peri and Erimem along to a cricket match in Tibet, while an ancient evil is reawakening in the Himalayan Mountains. Unfortunately after a fine first episode things deteriorate, with an extended series of visions for Erimem ruining the pacing, and a disappointing last minute TARDIS hop up the mountains taking the place of any more dramatic climb for the Doctor and Peri. The basic story is uncomfortably close to that of The Abominable Snowmen, only with the Great Intelligence replaced by H.P. Lovecraft's Great Old Ones (though, it must be said - a rather feeble version). Some nice performances, but ultimately from a strong start The Roof of the World gets progressively more disappointing the longer it goes on, and ends up a decidedly average adventure for all concerned. Neither the best Cthulhu Mythos inspired Who story, nor the best set in the Himalayas - The Roof of the World competently goes over old ground, but doesn't break into any new territory.
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3.0 out of 5 stars doesn't reach the summit, 8 Aug 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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A superb first episode has the tardis crew in an excellently evoked tibet at the start of the 20th century. Visiting the settlement at the foot of mount everest for a spot of cricket, the doctor and friends find strange goings on afoot. This episode brilliantly conveys the feel of the setting, and has some decent supporting characters.

Alas it all gets very average from then on. The second episode is entirely devoted to dealing with the rather cliched monsters and erimem's past.

And the next two resolve things in a cliched and predictable manner. The actors cannot be faulted, but the script, after starting so well, fails to deliver much interesting or new. This is not a bad play, it's just ultimately a rather average one
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Really Hit The Roof An Average Fifth Doctor Audio Adventure., 11 Jan 2014
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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Dedicated to my forum friend Picklepest who requested this review.

Positive.
1)Peter Davison gives a good performance despite an average script by Adrian Rigelsford.
2)Tibet & monsters in the Himalayas makes for a chilling adventure.

Negative.
1)Caroline Morris as Erimem doesn't seem to work as a second companion.
2)A very average story by Adrian Rigelsford this should have been so much better.
3)Doesnt live up to it's promising opening episode.

CD Information.
2 x CD of a 4 part adventure running time 120 minutes approx.

Trivia.
1)This was Caroline Morris first adventure as a regular companion with the fifth Doctor & Peri.
2)Tibet & Himalayas featured in the second Doctor tv story The Abominable Snowman.

Review.
Tibet 1917.

The Fifth Doctor, Peri & Erimem arrive in Tibet as the Doctor is invited to play a cricket match but when the Doctor & his companions become in broiled in a mysterious adventure in the Himalayas as a team of explorers seek blindly into uncharted territory determined to beat the odds & to face the challenges they will come across during there expedition.

But sometimes we face challenges that we cannot always defeat!

There is a ancient evil stirring within the Himalayas an evil older than time itself that has been waiting a long long time & now is ready to manifest itself to finally finish what it started many centuries ago.

Can the Doctor & his companions find out the mystery to why this ancient evil has now returned as it's intentions are soon made very clear as the time is right to strike but will the Doctor have enough time to defeat this ancient power that has manifested within the heart of the Himalayas.

Timelord Thoughts.
This story has a great plot but is poorly executed by writer Adrian Rigelsford who wastes the opportunity of writing something unique & scary.

The opening episode shows real promise & a great set up full of intrigue but the following episodes don't deliver on those promises set up in episode 1.

Peter Davison delivers a great performance as The Fifth Doctor dispensing his usual charm.

Nicola Bryant is always good as Peri but Caroline Morris as Erimem seems out of place & doesn't gel with the Doctor only Peri & Erimem who is given the majority of episode 2 & then is underused throughout the rest of the story as an after thought.

This could've been a great story using the Himalayas setting's with an ancient evil that Doctor Who does so well but here's when the story climaxes with a rather flat unsatisfactory ending.

It's not the worst story Big Finish have done but it's far from there best efforts & is a forgettable audio adventure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Roof of the World: A dark cloud hangs over Erimem, 22 Jan 2013
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the fifty ninth 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.

The Doctor, Peri and Erimem take a trip to the Himalayas so that Five can take part in a cricket match. But dark forces are at work, focussed around the Egyptian Princess. It's not long before things get weird, and Erimem is taken on a far stranger and more terrifying journey. Can Five and Peri rescue her and prevent the end of the world?

It's a decent tale, with some interesting ideas, though not all of them work. The second episode, centred almost entirely on Erimem and her journey, is excellent, but after that it all falls down a little, and leads to a slightly damp ending which I didn't fully understand. Perhaps I wasn't listening properly.

Davison is on form as Five, all humour and rising panic, though once again he is given an opportunity to play a different character, and he does so very well. The supporting cast are excellent, playing a cast of urbane Edwardian Gentleman adventurers and members of their retinue. I rather enjoyed these characters.

In all an adventure that starts well, has some interesting ideas, but ultimately falls a little flat at the end. 3 stars in total.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Big Finish audio adventure, 13 Mar 2009
This review is from: The Roof of the World (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
I agree that this is a decent story that descends into mediocrity as it goes on. The opening cricket match and the Himalayan setting are promising but the story just seems to go over old ground after a while. Recommended for completists only.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Left me slightly nonplussed... didn't hit the roof!, 21 May 2007
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M. Wilberforce "mwilberforce" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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"Tibet, 1917.

"It's a time of great exploration, with intrepid teams of adventurers heading blindly into uncharted territory, determined to beat inexplicable odds and overcome any challenge they encounter...

"But some things are not necessarily that easy to defeat...

"An ancient evil, perhaps older than time itself, is stirring deep within the heart of the Himalayas... It has always known it will return and finish off what it started so many centuries before...

"But the time has to be right...

"As the TARDIS materialises, with the Doctor determined to take full advantage of an invite to a cricket match, the catalyst that the dark forces need unwittingly arrives..."

"The Roof of the World", by Adrian Rigelsford, is a play with some interesting ideas and great performances, but a rather lopsided structure and an poorly explored threat / villain that lacks any particular motive or background.

The play starts out seeming like an Erimem vehicle. Peter Davison's Doctor takes companions Peri and Erimem to watch a cricket match, but encounters an alien threat, taking the form of a deadly black cloud that attacks the hotel where the cricket match is to take place. Erimem "dies", and we spend a great deal of time with her disembodied self (Caroline Morris does well with the material) as the alien threat (masquerading as missing explorer Lord Mortimer Davey, played by Edward de Souza) tries to convince her to do its dirty work. Thus pass the first two episodes.

Quite why the alien threat absolutely has to use Erimem rather than anybody else, and exactly what her father (William Franklyn) has to do with it, is never made clear (unless I was just being thick when I listened to the play). And why Rigelsford, after building Erimem up so much over the course of the second episode, should choose to marginalise her so dramatically for the rest of the story is also unclear. "The Roof of the World" has, in effect, two second episodes: the first one dealing with events following Erimem's "death" from Erimem's perspective, and the rest the second dealing with the same period of time from the perspective of the Doctor, Peri and guest hangers-on General Alexander Bruce (Sylvester Morand) and his scribe John Matthews (Alan Cox). This leaves episode four to resolve the alien threat and its mission, and the whole affair isn't handled particularly well. At the end, I was left with the feeling that I really needed to listen to "The Roof of the World" again, to see what I had missed.

Not bad (and better than "The Axis of Insanity"), but probably more of a play for the completists than anything else.
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