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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 18 July 2011
This is another in the companion series of audio stories. However, this differs in that it is spread over two cds; two interlinked stories of two parts each. The other main point of difference in this story is that the second cd actually has one of the Doctors; the sixth Doctor makes an appearance in this part of the overall story.

The first cd is narrated by Peri; a young Peri, who has been travelling (in this audio universe) with the Fifth Doctor for some time. Listeners to the audio series will know that there are a number of stories including the Fifth Doctor with Peri, both on her own and with Erimem. So there is a lot more to their relationship, and the growth of that relationship, than was evident from just the few stories shown in the TV series before the Fifth Doctor and Peri visited Androzani, with somewhat unexpected results for the Doctor.

The second cd is also narrated by Peri; but this is not the same Peri who travelled with the Doctor. She is older and changed; and how and why that is so becomes evident at the end of the story. We find out what happened to her when, according to the tv series during the Trial of the TimeLord with the Sixth Doctor, Peri stayed with King Yrcanos. We also know from the audio series that Peri has travelled for some time in other stories with the Sixth Doctor. So how are these various relationships tied together? Well, you have to listen to find out.

The story seems, for quite a time, to be a `comical' turn; funny noises, bad puns, lots of running around and falling down. But by the time you get to the end, the tone has changed. It left me sad; sad for Peri, sad for the Doctor. But it makes you think. The story is superficially a typical (if there is such a thing) Doctor Who story; but there's much more to it than that.

Well worth listening to; worthwhile for the fact that it very respectfully handles the relationships between Peri and the various Doctors, and the changes in Peri that she needs to come to terms with. Worthwhile for the longer story, and the ability for the story (stories) to expand to more than their usual single cd length. The characters are well captured; both the Fifth and Sixth Doctors are well characterised and well represented.

Nicola Bryant does a brilliant job with all the characters voices, moods, and tones; and seamlessley transitions between her perky "Fifth Doctor" self and the other voice requirements.

Highly recommended.
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