Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 4/29/15 3:30 pm
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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.