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5.0 out of 5 stars The Council Of Nicaea: No ideas are worth dying for. However there are many worth living for.
This is the seventy first 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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars nicaea. Oh dear
It's fascinating to have a doctor who story centered round an historical event that many people won't have heard of, but the execution of the story leaves a lot to be desired.

The hub of it is one of the doctors companions defying him and endeavouring to change history in the process. A nice idea, but the companion comes over as behaving like a spoiled brat in...
Published on 29 Jun 2006 by Paul Tapner


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4.0 out of 5 stars "You Can't Change History Erimem, Not One Single Line Of It"!, 25 Jun 2014
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The Council Of Nicaea.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Peri Brown, Erimem.
Main enemy: Constantine I, Athanasius.
Main setting: Nicaea 325.
Writer: Caroline Symcox.
Director: Gary Russell.
Release number: 71
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 110 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.

Cast
The Doctor - Peter Davison.
Peri Brown - Nicola Bryant.
Erimem - Caroline Morris.
Emperor Constantine - David Bamber.
Fausta - Claire Carroll.
Arius - Steve Kynman.
Athanasius - Martin Parsons.
Clement - Michael Garland.
Centurion Caius - Sean Carlsen.
Julius - Stephan Bessant.

Trivia.
1)Peri was raised Baptist, but does not consider herself to be a religious person.
2)The Doctor previously expressed a desire to visit the Council of Nicaea. (Audio: Summer).
3)Erimem mentions meeting Cardinal Richelieu in France in 1626. (Audio: The Church and the Crown).

Plot Synopsis.
The year is A.D. 325. In the city of Nicaea, the first great Church council, called by the Roman Emperor Constantine, is due to begin. Here, theology, philosophy & politics will be brought together for millennia to come.

The Fifth Doctor, Peri & Erimem are there simply to watch events unfold. Gaps remain in the history books, & the Doctor has come to satisfy his curiosity.

But none of them are ready for what greets them in Nicaea. Intrigue within the Imperial Palace has become violence on the streets. Mobs roam the alleyways and blood is spilt in the name of faith. Even in the face of murder and injustice, though, the time travellers must force themselves to stay aloof.

This is history, after all.

Yet what is history to one person is the future to another.

Is it possible for history to be rewritten? & if it can, can the Doctor afford to let it?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is one of those Doctor Who adventures were history must not be rewritten type scenarios, written by writer Caroline Symcox, The Council Of Nicaea delivers another pure historical adventure were the Doctor & Erimem clash over the events surrounding Nicaea in 325AD as the Doctor insists that companion Erimem will not involve herself in histrionic events but Erimem's earlier encounter with Cardinal Richelieu in ( The Church and the Crown ) gives her an idea that the church could use a few changes.

The Council of Nicaea is a entertainingly good audio adventure with pure historical overtones, No science fiction alien invasion, Daleks, Cybermen or Bug eyed monsters lurking in the shadows, This is a Doctor Who tale about the origins of the church doctrine.

Erimem explains to the Doctor that history is always written by the victors which sees a change in dynamic for Erimem who chooses to side with Arias beliefs as the story provides a twist by allowing listeners to sympathize with the losing side which brings about a great conflict of interest between the Doctor & Erimem in similar vein to the First Doctor & Barbara in The Aztecs adding great tension & drama to the story with poor ole Peri stuck in the middle of there argument.

Theres a lot of Erimem shouting throughout the adventure considering this character is meant to be a Egyptian Pharoah of a 1000 years could make the character seem like a young child throwing a tantrum instead of a wise level minded Egyptian Queen, Yet Caroline Morris gives a solid domineering performance as Erimem in this story & her scenes arguing against the Doctors opinion of non interference are superbly performed by the actress.

As for the Doctor he insists that the three of them not interfere in history as the Doctor fights to try to keep history on track is well written & engaging adventure for the Fifth Doctor, Equally interesting is Constantine & the violence of men on the streets bringing plenty of tension & drama throughout the storys 4 episodes.

Peter Davison delivers a excellent performance & shows vulnerability yet is assertive displaying wisdom as he's heard this type of arguments before, the clash of a difference in opinion between the Doctor & Erimem are at the heart of this adventure both giving great explanations to there opinions is excellent well balanced writing from Caroline Symcox as neither is right or wrong although Erimem is a possibly a little naive as history unfolds around them & Erimem decides to follow her heart & not consider the possible consequences of her actions whilst Peri is desperately trying to keep events & relationships from falling apart.

Overall this is another interesting entertaining adventure with political overtones & ideals of should we step in & interfere in certain events around us or take a step back & remain impartial & allow history to take it's natural course, While this is a fictional tale the topics brought to the forefront in this audio adventure are very current to events that surround our world today.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Council Of Nicaea: No ideas are worth dying for. However there are many worth living for., 8 Feb 2013
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This is the seventy first 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.

After a bit of an uneven run for the TARDIS crew of Five, Peri and Erimem this is a real corker of a story, and uses the characters of the three leads to good effect. It's an old story in some ways - a companion wants to try and change history for the better, but the Doctor knopws that it cannot be done and ends up running round just trying to keep everyone alive. But it is done extremely well, with a fine performance from Davison as the increasingly panicking and desperate Doctor trying to make people listen, and Morris as the strong willed and independent Erimem desperate to make a difference.

The story revolves around the council of Nicaea, headed by the Emperor Constantine, and the minor points of theology that people were willing to die in the defence of. It's a strong story, with some strong characters, especially the driven Constantine who only wants a peaceful empire, even if it means having to kill everyone. It plays on themes of trust and the difference that we can make. The ending is superb, a believable conclusion that brings the three travellers closer together. An excellent tale, 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ecumenical-tastic!, 2 April 2009
This review is from: The Council of Nicaea (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
The Fifth Doctor takes his companions Peri and Erimem to the city of Nicaea in 325 AD, to witness the First Council of Nicaea. However, religious fervour is running high, and theological disputes threaten to spill over into actual violence. In the midst of this, the Doctor and Erimem find themselves on different sides...
A superior audio adventure from Big Finish; the historical stories always remind me of Sixties 'Who' in that they are gently didactic and give The Doctor the opportunity to share his boundless knowledge with his companions and therefore with the listener too. This suits Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor and the birthplace of the first great church council offers him plenty of scope for this. Peri is as annoying as ever but works well in tandem with Egyptian princess Erimem.
Overall this is an above average entry in the monthly series of Doctor Who dramas from Big Finish and well worth getting hold of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent audio play, 8 Nov 2007
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This is one of the most enjoyable Big Finish audios I have heard (out of about 20 plays). Personally I even preferred it to 'Spare Parts'.

You don't have to be interested in Christianity, only in history, to appreciate the story. It is interesting to see how Church doctrine and power arose; and that a hotly debating council decided on the divinity of Jesus about 300 years after he died. I think Arias' position was more sensible, but if you don't know what I'm on about then listen to the play.

Equally interesting are both the character of Constantine and the violence and involvement of men on the street which is what makes for a good traditional 'Doctor Who' historical adventure. There is a lot of tension and drama showcasing the audio format at its best and evoking the classic tv series itself.

Peter Davison gives a sterling performance. His vulnerability and argumentativeness are utilised to good effect in a plot that also partly hinges on the tension between him and Erimen.

Highly enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Aztecs revisited, 5 Aug 2005
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The Council of Nicaea finds the 5th Doctor, Peri and Erimem back in 325 AD, where relative newcomer Erimem's interference in the unification of the early Church threatens the timelines. Essentially this is nothing more than a straight re-write of the William Hartnell classic historical The Aztecs with a new TARDIS crew and a different historical background, but thanks to some sterling performances this play is both enjoyable and informative, and the lack of any of the usual evil invading aliens that turn up in Doctor Who is a blessed relief. Good stuff.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent play..., 5 Sep 2007
This review is from: The Council of Nicaea (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
I like stories and plays that dont make up beliefs to be totally moronic and something to joke about.

I dont believe in making fun of others beliefs and religions. I believe in respecting others views even if i believe in something different.

I like it even more when people dont laugh and criticise what different people may believe in. And most of all, I like it when writers dont take the pee out of Christianity. As a follower of Jesus myself, its a rare relief to find a story that doesnt make out Christianity to be totally wrong or stupid. And here is a story that dwells on the early church in a decent and believable way. It isnt saturated with jokes and rubbish like nearly all other followers of the Lord are made out to be on tv these days. Its great to see a series like Doctor Who doing a story like this, and it is very enjoyable.

Caroline Symcox has written a well crafted historical with plenty of good moments and acting. Caroline Morris especially impresses as Erimem, trying to help out at the council but not fully realising the cost of what could happen. Peter Davison is excellent, but that goes without saying surely.

Yes, a thoroughly decent play thats a breath of fresh air after so much alien over the topness on tv and many other stories and audios. Yes, this is like a Hartnell historical with the fifth doctor. A good type of story in all...
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2.0 out of 5 stars nicaea. Oh dear, 29 Jun 2006
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This review is from: The Council of Nicaea (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
It's fascinating to have a doctor who story centered round an historical event that many people won't have heard of, but the execution of the story leaves a lot to be desired.

The hub of it is one of the doctors companions defying him and endeavouring to change history in the process. A nice idea, but the companion comes over as behaving like a spoiled brat in the process, and the story never makes it clear why changing history in this respect would be such a bad thing. The council was discussing an aspect of god's divinity. Why would history be so damaged if the decision was changed?

Many of the supporting characters are very flat and dull, and the direction of the story is slightly lacking. The actor who plays the emperor is the only cast member who really stands out.

Worth it if you want a little bit of history, but not a great bit of doctor who
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