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The Council Of Nicaea: No ideas are worth dying for. However there are many worth living for.
on 8 February 2013
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.