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71. The Council of Nicaea

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 5/15/17 3:12 pm
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Out of all of the Big Finish stories I've heard, this is the one that I've listened to the most and somehow keep coming back to. 'Nicaea' is a pure historical drama of the Doctor, Peri and his audio only companion Egyptian princess Erimem getting involved in and around the events surrounding the titular Council of Nicaea that established major Christian doctrine and dogma that is still believed by billions around the world. Inspired by the First Doctor story 'The Aztecs' in terms of plot and drama, Erimem is determined to get involved and see a degree of justice happen for those on the opposing side against Rome who will eventually lose the debate which brings her in to direct conflict with Five who is simply here to see events play out. It may be a story dynamic we've seen before but I like the drama of it here a lot more as opposed to 'Aztecs' and while it's not the most historically accurate at times, this one still remains one of my all time favorite Five stories with a great atmosphere, conflict, and history.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 7/3/15 7:47 pm
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The Council of Nicaea is a story highly inspired by The Aztecs in terms of message and pacing. The focus of the story is on Erimem who being from Ancient Egypt doesn't know anything about Christianity, but takes on the role of Barbara Wright because of a sense of justice she has towards the persecution of heretic Arius who is portrayed as a conflicted and persecuted man here. Before I go any farther a little background.

The Council of Nicaea was the first ecumenical council, called to clarify the nature of Jesus Christ, being both human and divine, and to stop the spread of Arianism. Arianism was a heresy started by Arius, bishop of Alexandria, that tried to state that Jesus Christ was only pretending to be a human being which goes against Catholic doctrine. The Council of Nicaea saw Arius's excommunication and is important in history because it saw the Church use its authority for the first time and clarify doctrine.

The portrayal of historical characters here is hit spot on with a key point being that history was written by the victors and here the play tries to be historically accurate. The drama between the Doctor and Erimem is also amazing and makes the story one of the best especially after the previous two to feature Erimem have been so lackluster.
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Reviewed By: FlyingTigerComicsReview Date: 3/1/15 6:34 am
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Historical drama with a terrible awful horrible grasp of accuracy. Too many howlers to mention. If you have even a passing familiarity with this era of history - avoid this one.

Horrible Histories at least pretend to accuracy and get their "facts" correct. This is a car crash. And once again the shoe horned "original" companion turns a car crash into a train wreck.

PASS THIS ONE UP.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/23/14 5:48 pm
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This is a release is a bit of an issue for me, this is not necessarily a Doctor Who adventure, in fact, the truth of it is this in the broadest sense is a audio dramatisation based on the early christian religion finding it's feet when it was still struggling with the coping with the facets of the Roman empire and it's own methods of promoting Christianity as part of politics and a method for which the emperor would latch onto to popularise his public appeal. There is a lot of interplay in the whole adventure between Caroline Morris and Steve Kynman who plays Auris a religious leader and purveyor of the early Christian church who is at logger heads with Alexandria another high member of the Christian church. The whole story revolves around the politics of the day, and the loyalties of Erimem for her beliefs and her faith in her relationship with the Doctor. The acting in this is solid, with believable commitment, but ultimately this is a 1hr 40" audio play. Can't say that this is one Peter's best outings.
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