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4.0 out of 5 stars The Axis of Insanity: When the inmates take over the asylum, 22 Jan 2013
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This is the fifty sixth 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.

It has been sometime since we last met Erimem and Peri, their last adventure was the misjudged Nekromanteia, some fifteen releases previously. Luckily the writers and producers decided to give them a chance to shine in this excellent little adventure.

Here we are introduced to a fascinating idea. The Axis, the place where all temporal mistakes are stored, all those universes and worlds which were never meant to be, but brought about by fiddling of people like the Doctor. Well, their dirty little secret has escaped, and it is up to the Doctor to put the jack back in the box before all hell breaks loose.

It's a story with everything and the kitchen sink thrown in, from high concept SF to knights and dragons. But holding it all together is Davison with his trademark humour and rising panic, coupled with infinite compassion and care for his companions. It's a thrilling little tale that gets the juices flowing, and leads to quite a poignant ending for one character in (without wishing to give any spoilers) a graveyard.

A decent romp, quite entertaining. 4 stars.
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