Top positive review
on 20 September 2015
‘The Roof of the World’ was directed by Gary Russell ex-editor of Doctor Who Magazine 1991-95, and was recorded on 19 and 20 January 2004 at The Moat Studios before being released in July 2004. The play shares its name with the first episode of ‘Marco Polo’. More notably however it was written by Adrian Rigelsford TV historian who previously wrote the (unproduced) thirtieth anniversary story The Dark Dimension and has conducted interviews for periodicals including Radio Times, Film Review, Fantasy Zone and Movies and Doctor Who Magazine.
Adrian Rigelsford’s Wikipedia page
“The accuracy of Rigelsford's reference work has been disputed, for example for unsourced and previously unheard-of quotes from William Hartnell and Roger Delgado, or the omission of the entirety of Season 18 from one of his Doctor Who reference works.
A publication in TV Times of a ‘final’ interview with director Stanley Kubrick brought Rigelsford to the attention of Anthony Frewin, a friend of Kubrick's. Frewin's investigation uncovered that a supposed tape of the Kubrick interview did not exist. In the light of this and Frewin's expert doubts, TV Times ran an apology about the interview.
In June 2004, Rigelsford was convicted of stealing 56,000 photographs from the Daily Mail/Associated Newspapers research library over an eight-year period and reselling them for approximately ₤75,000. Rigelsford was sentenced to eighteen months.”
It's a time of great exploration, with intrepid teams of adventurers heading blindly into uncharted territory, determined to beat inexplicable odds and overcome any challenge they encounter...
But some things are not necessarily that easy to defeat...
An ancient evil, perhaps older than time itself, is stirring deep within the heart of the Himalayas... It has always known it will return and finish off what it started so many centuries before...
But the time has to be right...
As the TARDIS materialises, with the Doctor determined to take full advantage of an invite to a cricket match, the catalyst that the dark forces need unwittingly arrives...”
The effects create a rich layered back drop and blend seamlessly with the music by Russell Stone which creates a natural yet suspense filled atmosphere. The production values are good and the directing is nicely focused.
Caroline Morris as Egyptian princess Erimem is given a platform and Rigelsford sets her up to steal the show, although when she attempts to act possessed she hardly covers herself in glory but this is a minor blip. Davison and Bryant are their usual professional selves, with Bryant being particularly good. Edward de Souza who played Marc Cory in ‘Mission to the Unknown’ gives a suitably sinister performance as Lord Mortimer Davey. Lord Davey is a kind of Grim Reaper character, and is related by marriage to George Cranleigh the character from 1982’s Black Orchid TV serial.
Despite being dialogue heavy the first two episodes move at a fair pace but the story itself is rather vanilla.