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168. 1001 Nights

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/6/16 10:18 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

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: kfb2014Review Date: 4/29/15 11:30 am
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These stories are written in the style of the original Arabic 1001 nights stories, and the story accomodates the theme very well, so hats off to Beeby, Rennie, Barnes and Harvey.

An alien who entraps Nyssa into telling stories, whilst the real Sultan played by the wonderful Nadim Sawalha is trapped in the dungeons with the Doctor. The Peter and Nadim Sawalha have some good interplay and shine in this first story, it is true gem to start with. Nyssa plays the narrator to the suspect Sultan, whilst the continuation of her story telling keeps those below in the depths of the Sultans residents alive, the Doctor however soon resolves the issue. Excellent opener to this 4 part storyline.

The second instalment gives us a quasi possession style story, with Sarah once again shining through as the real star of this adventure. Her performance alone is worthy of any Exorcist style horror, and in fact this is the one that will creep you out on a cold winter nights. The adventure itself plays out with Nyssa getting possessed by an Interplanetarian. With screams, cackling and a whole batch of bangs and whistles this is not to be listened to with the lights out or on a closed set of headphones.

The third story has our two Nyssa and the Doctor on a planet, where the trading of stories is the currency of the day. The action takes place in a tavern, where the intrepid two have basically tell story for their supper, in fact for their lives. Lovely warmth about this adventure, and the feel of this is of a much more modern production, than that of the more normal way Big Finish give the 5th Doctor a retro feel.

The fourth and final story in the set sees us round up the 1001 nights stories with Nyssa and Doctor swapping in and out of the action, it does however reveal the true identities of the real Sultan, and the adventure itself has a wonderful feeling of completion for this set of stories.

This release feels quite extensive, and Peter and Sarah both share the starring roles, however the real star here for me is Sarah Sutton she carries this whole set of adventures with a real steady hand and shows what a true talent she really is, much underrated and much over looked, Sarah in these stories is at her best. Absolute wonderful Who Universe stories once again well produced, acted and written by the lovely people at Big Finish.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 9/27/13 7:43 am
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

In the opening scenes of 1001 Nights we learn the Doctor has been imprisoned and thrown into one of the dungeons after he and Nyssa got into a spot of trouble in the Sultan's palace. Now Nyssa is pleading for the release of her friend. But the ruler is only prepared to let his prisoner go if Nyssa entertains him with some tales about the Doctor first. So Nyssa is cast into the role of a Scheherazade-like storyteller in order to assemble the different tales into a loose framework.

With the theme of imprisonment obviously on her mind, Nyssa tells the Sultan about the time she and the Doctor arrived in a mysterious, far-away prison where the only people were an old jailor and a single captive. This is a rather dark tale with a particularly strong and surprising ending.

The second story is about a case of demonic possession. Maybe it's just that the 5th Doctor constantly seems to have to deal with possessed people (certainly more so than any of his other incarnations), but for me this was the weakest episode of the anthology. However, the characters are well-written and likable and the acting is superb, so there is still a lot to enjoy about this tale.

The next entry is introduced by Nyssa as "a story about stories". It is about an adventure she and the Doctor had on a planet where fiction is the only accepted form of currency. A highly imaginative premise, well-played out.

The last story is generated by the framework itself and it sees the escape of the Doctor from the dungeons (although it obviously isn't quite as straight forward as that) The adventure feels a little rushed, but I like its basic premise and the final scene is just absolutely beautiful.

Overall 1001 Nights is quite a strong collection of stories for 5/Nyssa. Definitely recommended.
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Reviewed By: katrinaauReview Date: 3/18/13 11:39 am
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A fun release. Whilst I am all for drama in Doctor Who, I do feel sometimes Big Finish takes itself far too seriously. This for me was a great story, well told and allows Peter Davison some light touches as the Doctor.

The "anthology" stories are good and are held under the umbrella of the main story where the Doctor finds Nyssa may be accidentally telling tales on him in a way that cant be good for his health.

Good performances and good cast make for a decent story. Davison and Sutton are, as usual, great value.
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