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Classic Tom Baker with a twist

By:writingbluebear, jersey
Date:Friday 27 March 2009
Rating:   9

How time doth fly when your having fun. The Chaos pool has a Tom Baker feel, taking you back with all the flavour of the original Key to time but still comes across as original with the energy of Peter. Including a great twist, new alien race(fun but not stupid) the Chaos Pool is a really entertaining story

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By:Doug, Pocono Summit, PA, USA
Date:Wednesday 17 June 2009
Rating:   7

The Chaos Pool certainly moves along at a good clip, and throws in a couple of interesting switcheroos regarding "Madam President" and all that has to do with her... (I won't ruin the surprise by describing them). But what we have here is a bad case of melodrama, including some silly/disgusting aliens, and we also probably have Lisa Bowerman's style of directing to thank for an overall feel of a sort of hyperactive unrealism throughout. It's hard to take this production very seriously - hard to feel like it's much more than a popcorn audio play, but if that's what you like, fine - it's not bad for what it is. Of the characters, other than the silly/disgusting aliens, I found Amy in particular to be too unrealistic, though given what she actually is, I suppose that should be forgivable. I tried this one on its own to see if it would be worth checking out the first two Key2Time installments, like reading the last chapter of a book to see if it might be worth reading the whole thing. I don't think I'll bother with the rest, but don't let me discourage you.

What Happens to the order of Time

By:Andrew Shaw, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Date:Sunday 2 June 2013
Rating:   9

with what happens at the end if theres any disturbance in time or anything how are they going to fix it and what are the guardians there for if it ends like that if was created to be needed to fix time they cant fix it anymore even though I get the point in nobody should have that much power, also the guardians let me down they seemed like a couple of pansies arguing"oh there my sweets you cant have one" " oh well Im telling mummy" sort of thing, I enjoyed these stories and the references as said to Romana but I thin Isskar was my favourite

Problem of Big Ending with Small Cast

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Wednesday 3 February 2016
Rating:   6

By choosing The Key to Time quest as a sequel, Big Finish set up the requirement for, well, a big finish. Herein lies the problem for this episode. It has to provide the big finish, but the budget can handle only a small cast. This means there is quite a bit of bringing the major players together and have them give pompous speeches at each other. In fact, apart from giving speeches, the Doctor seems hardly in the big events of the story at all. Given also that the story requires all-powerful beings, or nearly so, there is quite a bit of magic going on. This is always a problem. If characters can suspend or break all the laws of nature at a whim, what is the point of the story? It is also like a Japanese anime in that many situations "require" a character to do this or that, but there has been no lead up to this requirement and characters simply "know" without any explanation that they are required to do this or that. Everybody is "using" the "power" of the segments or some other magical object, but how do they know how to use this power? The writer also works on the A.E. van Vogt model of writing, which is that at preselected intervals a plot twist must be introduced, and the twist must be "ironic" in a certain way.

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