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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/6/16 10:18 pm
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1001 Nights was Big Finish annual anthology collection, containing multiple short stories involving the Doctor. This collection took a different approach as three of the stories were told by Nyssa to a Sultan, who taking a page from Arabian Nights was demanding stories about the Doctor.

All the stories work beautifully and the framing story is particularly well-written with Alexander Siddig turning in a very good performance as the Sultan. At first, it seems like this is a very simple framing device, but as the story goes on, it becomes clear that the Sultan has an ulterior motive. Sarah Sutton also has one of her best overall performances as Nyssa, and Nadim Sawalha turned in an intriguing performance, and had a beautiful scene in the final episode.

Overall, this production is a treat and a superb listen.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/6/16 9:51 am
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The Doctor and Ace arrive at a library where the Daleks are plotting to steal all the knowledge for their nefarious purposes. At the same time, there's something weird going on with the water with the dead appearing to come back to life.

The story has problems: The first episode moves at a snail's pace as we're given an introduction to this pretentious intergalactic library which turns out to be concerned more with hording and collecting books rather than actually reading and enjoying them. Add the Daleks in with another alien mystery creature, and space pirates, and it feels like the plot gets overloaded.

That's not to say this is a bad story. There are some great conceptual ideas that foreshadowed things that would be featured in the new series-both for good and for ill. Still, it could have been much better with more focus, and some more interesting guest characters.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/31/16 12:44 am
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This is a great story that mixes space opera with time travel for a very pleasing tale that takes the Seventh Doctor across the galaxy as he deals with the consequences of the Sixth Doctor's reprogramming of the Wrath.

I love the concept of a giant space-going snail who travels the stars. It's incredibly and very well-realized. The story maintains a great air of mystery that allows Sylvester McCoy to play the Chess Master though with a bit of humor that works well for this Doctor.

The characters are very well-written. The tale introduces Vienna Salvatore, but there's very little here to suggest her as a spin-off characters. She's a clear villaine and even shows cowardice. The character would come off better in her relaunch. In this story, she's just a fun villain.

Overall, this is a great conclusion to this multi-doctor trilogy.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 1/26/16 4:37 pm
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The Doomwood Curs is a story akin to The Mind Robber as it takes a historical fiction and mixes it into a real story while creating other fictional characters into reality and changing the Doctor and Charley into the fiction. Now this plan happens because the Doctor goes to return a library book where he finds the Grel an aquatic alien race from the Bernice Summerfield series in stories also written by Jacqueline Rayner in one of her last written stories outside adapting some New Adventures Novels.

The highlight of this release and indeed the other stories written by Rayner is the relationship between the Doctor and his companion. Even though the Doctor doesn't really trust Charley completely yet he still doesn't want to see her get hurt as she becomes fiction as the sidekick to famed highwayman Dick Turpin. And India Fisher gets some great stuff to sink her teeth into as she basically plays three characters, normal Charley, lovesick Charley and Gypsy Charlotte (Turpin's sidekick).

My biggest problem with this story is that it has a lot of pacing problems and there is no tension as the Doctor is killed but comes back from the dead because everything has turned into fiction.