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The Roof of the World: A dark cloud hangs over Erimem,
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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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Initial post: 11 Jan 2014 00:43:53 GMT
Great review Victor, spot on synopsis of this story.
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