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4.0 out of 5 stars Unlocking a New Dawn...
One of the most eagerly awaited Doctor Who audio adventures revisits an idea that was first seen in 1978, when Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor and his companion Romana were assigned the task of locating the six segments of The Key to Time; an endlessly powerful object which had been scattered throughout the cosmos by The White Guardian, and disguised; amongst other things; as a...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Judgement of Isskar, The Key2Time part1: It is given freely
This is the hundred and seventeenth 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...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unlocking a New Dawn..., 30 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Key 2 Time: Judgement of Isskar Pt. 1 (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
One of the most eagerly awaited Doctor Who audio adventures revisits an idea that was first seen in 1978, when Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor and his companion Romana were assigned the task of locating the six segments of The Key to Time; an endlessly powerful object which had been scattered throughout the cosmos by The White Guardian, and disguised; amongst other things; as a precious mineral, a princess and a planet!

The 2009 version begins to subvert the original idea by having Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor become an assistant to `Amy', an artificial creation sent to track down three of the segments after The Fourth Doctor scattered them once again at the end of the original series. This, the first in a three story `arc', brings the travellers to Mars, where The Doctor encounters an ancient foe...

To spice things up further, Amy has a `twin sister' Zara, who is searching for the other three segments; both of the sisters are hiding something from their respective assistants; exactly what will hopefully be uncovered in the next story...

Big Finish and writer Simon Guerrier have produced a great story which takes what seemed at the time like a closed-shop and injects new life into it. The Doctor and Amy make a fascinating team, with the usually in-charge Fifth Doctor given a companion who can actually teach him a thing or two; a bit like Nyssa but with a personality. The Ice Warriors remain the biggest classic Doctor Who monster not to be revived for the new BBC series, although it can only be a matter of time. The Martians are actually well-suited to audio adventures as their distinctive chilling hiss and deceptively lumbering gaits work much better in the imagination.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Key 2 Time The Second Phase, 21 Nov 2013
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This review is from: The Key 2 Time: Judgement of Isskar Pt. 1 (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Positive.
1)Exellent audio sequel starring the Fifth Doctor as a follow up to the 1978 season The Key To Time that Starred the Fourth Doctor.
2)The Ice Warrior's return.
3)Amy is a intriguing companion.

Negative.
1)This may confuse some listener's whom knows little or nothing of the Original Key To Time season.

CD Info.
This is a 2 CD 4 episode audio adventure running time 120 minutes, Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

Review.
The Guardians are back.

The Fifth Doctor is seperated from Peri & asked once again to locate the Key To Time as his fourth incarnation dispersed the segments at the End of The Key To Time Season on Tv.

He is given an artificial creation companion named Amy to help locate the segments which unknown to the Doctor Amy has a sister Zara who is also searching for the Key's segments for the Black Guardian perhaps?

The Tardis first point of call is the planet Mars the home planet of the Ice Warriors which sets up the drama here of a origin story for the Ice Warrior's as here the Martians live in peaceful & calm society...But all that's about to change.

The Doctor knows the universe is at risk from the Black Guardian whom is determined to once again try & gain possession of the Key To Time no matter what the cost...Let the search begin.

This is a very intriguing story by writer Simon Guerrier which set's up the Key 2 Time trilogy of introducing the Guardians once more & a new artificial companion in Amy the beautiful Ciara Janson whom is instantly likeable & one hopes her development will grow over the course of this trilogy.

The Ice Warrior's are superbly suited to audio with there hissing whisper voices adds a certain tension to the story.

This is a sequel to The Key To Time season on tv with the Fourth Doctor Tom Baker so some listeners unfamiliar with event's in that season may struggle to understand certain plot points here.

But as a start of a new trilogy to one of Doctor Who's biggest tv adventures this is on the right track into becoming something a bit special.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Judgement of Isskar, The Key2Time part1: It is given freely, 11 April 2013
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This review is from: The Key 2 Time: Judgement of Isskar Pt. 1 (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and seventeenth 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 start 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.

Five finds himself separated from Peri and confronted by a mysterious girl. Soon he is whisked off on an adventure to find the Key to Time once again, though this time there is a bit of urgency about the job as the universe is about to come to an end. What follows is an interesting tale in which the origins of the Ice Warriors is explored for the first half, then an interesting little run around in the second half. It's an interesting story, if a bit weak at times. The inherent dignity of the Ice Warriors and their origins story carries most of it, the rest is standard running about getting into and out of scrapes.

An unpromising start to the trilogy, but manages to keep the interest. Actually, on reflection it's not that bad, it's just that compared to the previous few releases featuring Five (the Brewster trilogy) it feels a bit overshadowed and I was expecting a bit more.

Three stars overall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars find the sssegmentsss, 12 Feb 2009
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This review is from: The Key 2 Time: Judgement of Isskar Pt. 1 (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
a new audio adventure for the fifth doctor who, and a sequel of sorts to the 1978 series of tv stories Doctor Who: The Key to Time (Limited Edition Numbered Complete 7 Disc Box set) [1978] where the fourth doctor spent a whole season searching for the segments of a very powerful artefact. If you've not seen those stories then you shouldn't have much problem getting into this, although there are a couple of continuity references where it does help to have seen them.

now it's the fifth doctor's turn to find the pieces once again. big finish have attempted to make this as different as possible from the original, and they've succeeded. a whole new alien race are on the trail of the key, and they have different motivations to the guardians who were after it on television. the fifth doctor is forced to team up with amy, a humanoid being created by the aliens to find the fragments. amy is only moments old at the start of the story and thus grows and changes over the course of the four episodes.

the quest for segments takes them to mars at a time before the ice warriors were hostile, and then to another strange alien civilisation.
also questing for the segments is zara, another girl created by the aliens who want the key. she isnt quite as nice as amy, and she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

the first episode hits the ground running, gets in a lot of information and also a fascinating look at ice warrior civilisation. the next three aren't quite as good, getting a bit involved and moving onto another and not quite as interesting world. but it's an entertaining story all in all. peter davison's doctor gets some great dialogue and ciara janson is superb as amy, a character who learns and changes from moment to moment.

the first disc contains the first two twenty five minute long episodes of the story and a trailer for the forthcoming third season of eighth doctor and lucie miller audios.

the second disc contains the third and fourth parts of the story, running roughly twenty five minutes each. a trailer for the next big finish release Dr Who Destroyer of Delights (Big Finish Dr Who) which continues the story on from this one, is right after them.

both discs end with roughly fifteen minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew. these are good interviews but the sound quality on them is rather muffled at times.

this is a trilogy of release and it does feel like the first third of a long story rather than a complete four parter, but it's a very promising start.

and if you want to know the backstory of amy's sister zara, then listen to The Prisoner's Dilemma (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
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