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VINE VOICEon 23 September 2014
This story features the Fifth Doctor and his newly created companion Amy in the second installment of their mission to obtain the segments of the key to time. Set mostly in the Sudan of the ninth century this is a wonderful romp of a story and Peter Davison in particular seems to be enjoying how annoyed the Fifth Doctor is becoming during this story. After so many segments were found in the first part of the story its jolly good to get a mystery centering on where one particular segment is. This story features an exceptional guest cast, an impressive plot, a lot of fun and a few surprises.

I can honestly say the second part improves on the first and left me feeling that I can't wait for the third.
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latest doctor who audio story, which features the fifth doctor and continues the story that was begun in the previous release Key 2 Time: The Judgement of Isskar (Doctor Who). although there's a brief reprise at the start of this you'll get more out of this if you've heard that one.

as usual there are four episodes each running roughly twenty five minutes spread over two discs with eighteen minutes of interviews with the cast and crew at the end of each disc. there's a trailer for recent release Orbis (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures).

the trailer for next regular release Key 2 Time: The Chaos Pool (Doctor Who) can be found at the end of episode four.

the story involves the doctor and current companion amy getting stranded in 9th century sudan after an encounter with cosmic being the black guardian. the latter is played by david troughton, son of second doctor patrick, and he sounds so much like his father's it quite remarkable. the character is written rather differently from the way he was played on tv, and this new version of him - basically a being of chaos with a sharp with - is hugely entertaining.

the doctor and amy have to find each other and try to get off world. but they're in the middle of a duel between two ancient enemies and they've still got to find the latest segment of the key to time.

this is a hugely entertaining story, as a result of some strong characterisation and an interesting period setting. there's also a great amount of humour but that all arises out of character interaction and that makes it work superbly. add in some excellent incidental music that fits the setting and the style of the story, and you've got an excellent and very entertaining cd. well worth a listen
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This is the hundred and eighteenth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five. There are four 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. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of each disc. This is the second of a trilogy of adventures called Key2Time, following up on the Fourth Doctor's adventures with that artefact, and Five's brushes with the Black Guardian.

This adventure is a decided improvement over the previous `Judgement of Isskar'. Five and Amy cast in their lot with an unlikely ally, and are cast back into the ancient Sudan to find the next segment of the Key to Time. An interesting story unfolds in which the Doctor has to work out where the segment is, and somehow keep it from both the Black and the White Guardians. The Black Guardian is in particular an interesting character here, played with a sly wink by the ever reliable David Troughton. I loved the idea of the White Guardian not being as morally right and the Black Guardian not being as morally wrong as their titles would suggest, but rather they are representations of two equally valid viewpoints and it would be disastrous for the universe if either one of them get their way. It's an interesting concept, and well played out. There are also some interesting ruminations on the nature of slavery, and waht it is to be the companion of the Doctor. It's got lots of adventure thrown in with all this philosophical stuff, and is an all round delight. It's still not as good as the best Five stories (Circular time, The Boy That Time Forgot, Singularity, etc) but it's not bad at all. 4 stars.
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on 15 March 2013
I must be Black Guardian to the previous two reviewers White.

This story is dire. Silly but not amusing. Boring and irritating.

The whole trilogy is disappointing and a waste of a great story device in the Key to Time. This second story is the weakest. You will not miss much by skipping it and going straight to 'The Chaos Pool' and the (at least far lesser) disappointments that await you there.
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