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Unlocking a New Dawn...,
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.