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117. Key 2 Time - The Judgement of Isskar

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/23/15 10:24 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This story begins the Key2Time trilogy in a way that's more okay than spectacular. While in the original Key to Time arc, the Key was merely the Macguffin to keep the Doctor and Romana going through Season 16. Here, it's the impetus of the story as a threat to all time and space.

Amy and Zara are interesting concepts to be sure. They're intriguing characters who are well-acted. I also liked the idea of viewing the Ice Warriors before they became the Ice Warrior (though prefer the version of Martian history shown in Lords of the Red Planet.) However, what hold this piece together is a very solid and engaged performance by Peter Davison who gets some very good material in this one.

The alien race that appears in Episodes 2-4 are mostly forgettable as are many side characters. Still, while it's by no means, a great story, it's an entertaining enough start to the story arc.
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Reviewed By: FlyingTigerComicsReview Date: 8/9/15 7:05 am
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This begins a three story arc telling a new Key To Time quest, in which some of the segments are picked up by an opposing force leaving the Doctor and his newly minted companion Amy to follow a historical thread from ancient Mars through the genesis of the Ice Warriors to a far future encounter with the same Martian, changed through circumstance.

The actual Key to Time plot line is strong, but there is a lot of other stuff going on so this isn't one to casually listen to, it requires a little attention to enjoy properly.

The Fifth Doctor is sounding better and more energetic than he ever did on television which is great.

Devotees of the old fan fiction Virgin books etc. will take great exception to the Ice Warrior history in this story since it more or less provides a simple and logical origin story for that Martian race and doesn't seem to trouble itself to tick a lot of the alt.fan.obsessivenutcase boxes on the way through.

For everyone else, it's a good powerful telling of an origin as part of a broader battle over the fate of the universe as the Key to Time segments begin to degrade, and in the process eat away at the cosmos.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review 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.
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Reviewed By: Lord NiiiimonReview Date: 1/20/15 9:05 pm
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A superb story brilliantly told. Unexpectedly an origins story for the Ice Warriors.

If you listen to this trilogy,don't forget to add the companion (Chronicle) piece, The Prisoners' Dilemma, also by Simon Guerrier. You won't be disappointed.