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3.0 out of 5 stars Another Arabian Night, 11 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Doctor Who Serpent Crest 3: Aladdin Time (Audio CD)
Third in the Serpent Crest series, a run of Doctor Who audio stories from the BBC with Tom Baker in the lead.

This one runs for seventy five minutes [approx] and is one long episode, the only breaks being the usual cd chapter ones.

The inlay contains cast and copyright information plus a mock up of a story, which has a bearing on the events here.

This does have a brief reprise of the events in the first two Serpent Crest audios right at the start. But new listeners are better off starting with those as it's not really a great jumping on point.

The end of part two saw the Doctor and some others pulled into an alien artefact which has great powers.

Here, they find themselves in the middle of a story that could have come out of the Arabian Nights.

In fact, a certain storyteller is telling the tale as it happens.

Can the Doctor and Mrs. Wibbsey make Aladdin realise who he really is? And can they find a way out?

And what will happen to the storyteller?

This deliberately takes on the style of an Arabian nights tale. And plays some clever tricks in regards to the narrative, and what it's like for those who are inside it. This makes it a bit slowly paced for the most part - the opening narration from the storyteller does go on for a little bit too long - but the dialogue scenes between the characters in the tale are pretty good.

The resolution lacks dramatic impact, though. But a scene which follows involving the fate of the storyteller is rather memorable.

And then there's another scene which ties up a lot of the loose ends of the story so far. And rather lacks dramatic impact as well. Making this one end on a rather low key note.

It's not quite an extraneous chapter in the narrative, but it's just not quite as involving as it could be.

This is not the end of Serpent Crest though, and previews of parts four and five promise they could be rather special. So I will be back for them.
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