Reviewed By: JMChurch25
Review Date: 5/4/17 4:31 pm
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In her bedroom on board the TARDIS, Nyssa of Traken is having strange dreams of her long destroyed home and an unknown archway that seemingly never existed. Following her visions through the ship, she finds a mysterious staircase, a door marked 'Keep Out', and a locked room full of secrets. Thus begins a mysterious fever dream of a story full of gorgeous landscapes, surprising links to the timeline of multiple parties, and a beautiful examination of the character of one of my favorite Doctor Who companions / my favorite Fifth Doctor companion. It's going to be really hard to make sense of this story if you are purely a New Who fan and not at all familiar with the Classic Series. But for those of you who are, this is an amazing little tale that will have you questioning yourself as well as everything you are listening to. Sarah Sutton as the narrator really outdoes herself in all of the voices she is able to convey and in her story telling aplomb but she does go a little fast with her narration to the point where you really have to stay focused on listening for fear of missing something. The plot itself is also a little bit vague and I do wish Fairs' script had a little bit more of a concrete structure or details as to what is actually going on. This is an audio where what we learn about the backstory is far more interesting than the actual plot especially in regards to what the Toy of the title actually is and the ending of this one ties up everything in that regard a little too neatly too fast. But for what it's worth, I still really loved this trip and the ties it has to both New and Classic Who make this one a worthy half an hour listen especially being as big of a fan of the character as I am. If you can't stand Nyssa or the Fifth Doctor era, then your enjoyment of this one is really going to be hampered and I would probably say stay away. For everyone else, this is another $2.99 venture that I would immediately find and check out.