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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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on 12 March 2009
I actually thought that the cover design for this Fifth Doctor story made it look better than it actually was! As the previous reviewer said, the adventure is less exciting than it could be, however I liked it and thought that Simon Furman has created a great character in the Machiavellian Jester. The questioning of The Timelord's own sanity is an original and neatly presented idea and one that is an appropriate counterpoint to the straight-laced and occasionally humourless Fifth Doctor. Not the best Big Finish audio but worth a listen nonetheless.
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Another audio adventure for the fifth doctor who. On this occasion with his companions peri and erimen. They visit a place which controls damaged timelines, and prevents things from them getting loose and causing chaos. Only something has gotten loose, and it's a very mad creature that delights in trouble and misfortune. Can the doctor stop it and put it back where it belongs?

The thought of damaged timelines and strange things coming out of them is an intriguing one, and thus you feel this should be a wildly fantastical adventure with a myriad of bizarre delights on the way. But it doesn't quite work out like that. And what happens is okay as stories go, but far too conventional and lacking in imagination to be very memorable.

There's nothing especially wrong with this story. It just doesn't live up to it's potential
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