Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 1/29/15 6:10 pm
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First off this is a set of stories, that re-awakens the theme of the Key Of Time. My own personal recollection of the Doctor's story about the key of time relate back to Tom back in the fourth Doctor era. This time we are actually treated to what I consider a far superior written and also superbly well acted start to an exciting set of stories based around the idea. We get Peter here getting assigned for want of a better term a construct, a perfectly created entity which will be able to locate keys of the time as they are disintegrating and required to be collected for the sake of entire universe. Of course we have to have the White and Black Guardian's involved and they do come into play. The sheer depth of this story is big, and, Peter handles this first episode without the command I would have thought he would have. Instead what we get is a wonderfully well acted part of Amy (the construct) stealing the show so hats off to Ciara Janson. Also I am very impressed with Nicholas Briggs here acting the wonderful part of Isskar the Ice Warrior, which, in not mean terms is physically demanding due to the constraints on the old voice box. But he does come over as the rasping, bent on revenge Martian due to the Doctors perceived misdemeanour’s of causing Mars cultural disarray when he attempts to recover the first key to time fragment.
We get treated to a landscape of both Mars with the Ice Warriors and the battle between them and the Valdigians on the planet of Safeplace, due in part to them harbouring the Doctor who has certainly pissed of the Martian Warrior.
The story is immense, but I think that the direction from Jason Haigh-Ellery is not the best, and, it does not help this, which, at the end of the day is a complex storyline, which needs to be ushered along, with the actors at a much better rate, and, it also sounds like it could do with a tighter control over the whole thing. With this in mind, the story set ups a wonderful story arc, it just fails to have the impact it could have had with slightly better management.