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59. The Roof of the World

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/24/17 5:16 pm
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This story, it seems, has been overshadowed somewhat by the notoriety of its author. And that's part of the problem. This story is something of a muddle. It's a jumbled combination of ideas and tropes, but it all just sort of washes over without making much of an impression. There are some very strong characters here, some nice character work for Peri and Erimem (who are developing into a very strong companion team), and some very good writing. And yet the whole thing adds up to quite a lot less than the sum of its parts.

The problem, I think, is that it's all pulling in too many different directions at once. Opening Part Two with Erimem's funeral was a bold and confident move, and the rest of the episodes explores Erimem's background and her relationship to her father. If the story had continued along with those themes, it might have worked better, but Part Three picks up right where Part One left off and explores an entirely different set of ideas. Nothing ever seems to join up properly.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/12/17 12:34 am
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This story has good elements such as fine acting by Catherine Morris as Erimem, solid and well-developed guest characters who transcend the kind of weak stereotypes you'd expect. Peri has a few superb moments in the fourth episode. There's some very good characterization. Yet, the story is hurt by the fact that it's a very typical story we've seen before with an ultimately forgettable, though mostly serviceable villain. The pacing is really hard to get a feel for. Episode One is a decent well-paced episode, Episode Two is a very long vision with some emotional highlights, Episode Three, the pacing feels practically glacial, before once again returning to decent pacing in the final episode.

Ultimately, what saves it for me are the guest characters and all the character moments with the main cast. The story didn't awe me but it kept me entertained and I wouldn't mind listening to it every now and again in the future. Overall, not spectacular, but enjoyable enough to pass a couple hours.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/20/15 2:34 pm
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'The Roof of the World' was directed by Gary Russell ex-editor of Doctor Who Magazine 1991-95 and was recorded on 19 and 20 January 2004 at The Moat Studios before being released in July 2004. The play shares its name with the first episode of 'Marco Polo'. More notably however it was written by Adrian Rigelsford TV historian who previously wrote the (unproduced) thirtieth-anniversary story The Dark Dimension and has conducted interviews for periodicals including Radio Times, Film Review, Fantasy Zone and Movies and Doctor Who Magazine.

Adrian Rigelsford's Wikipedia page

"The accuracy of Rigelsford's reference work has been disputed, for example for unsourced and previously unheard-of quotes from William Hartnell and Roger Delgado, or the omission of the entirety of Season 18 from one of his Doctor Who reference works.

A publication in TV Times of a 'final' interview with director Stanley Kubrick brought Rigelsford to the attention of Anthony Frewin, a friend of Kubrick's. Frewin's investigation uncovered that a supposed tape of the Kubrick interview did not exist. In the light of this and Frewin's expert doubts, TV Times ran an apology about the interview.

In June 2004, Rigelsford was convicted of stealing 56,000 photographs from the Daily Mail/Associated Newspapers research library over an eight-year period and reselling them for approximately £75,000. Rigelsford was sentenced to eighteen months."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Rigelsford

Publisher Synopsis

"Tibet, 1917.
It's a time of great exploration, with intrepid teams of adventurers heading blindly into uncharted territory, determined to beat inexplicable odds and overcome any challenge they encounter...
But some things are not necessarily that easy to defeat...
An ancient evil, perhaps older than time itself, is stirring deep within the heart of the Himalayas... It has always known it will return and finish off what it started so many centuries before...
But the time has to be right...
As the TARDIS materialises, with the Doctor determined to take full advantage of an invite to a cricket match, the catalyst that the dark forces need unwittingly arrives..."
http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-roof-of-the-world-225

The effects create a rich layered back drop and blend seamlessly with the music by Russell Stone which creates a natural yet suspense filled atmosphere. The production values are good and the directing is nicely focused.

Caroline Morris as Egyptian princess Erimem is given a platform and Rigelsford sets her up to steal the show, although when she attempts to act possessed she hardly covers herself in glory, but this is a minor blip. Davison and Bryant are their usual professional selves, with Bryant being particularly good. Edward de Souza who played Marc Cory in 'Mission to the Unknown' gives a suitably sinister performance as Lord Mortimer Davey. Lord Davey is a kind of Grim Reaper character, and is related by marriage to George Cranleigh the character from 1982's Black Orchid TV serial.

Despite being dialogue heavy, the first two episodes move at a fair pace but the story itself is rather vanilla. Even though the second episode is well written with great characterisation it's also a bit pointless and Erimem is never much more than a plot device or MacGuffin. Great production values but a weak story, worth hearing but unlikely to revisit soon.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 4/1/15 2:45 pm
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The Roof of the World could have been a really good story about an evil cloud. What we get however is an average story with an extremely forgettable plot. Also the entirety of Part Two doesn't make any sense and doesn't fit into the story. This would bring the story down to a 3 if it weren't for the brilliant acting helping the balance. It does however develop Erimem and give Caroline Morris a chance to use her acting chops. Nicola Bryant is also pretty good with furthering in the development of Peri's sisterly relationship with Erimem. Sadly it isn't enough to save the story from being anything other than average.