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Doctor Who: Demon Quest: Starfall v. 4 [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Paul Magrs
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Book Description

6 Dec 2010 Doctor Who: Demon Quest (Book 4)
Tom Baker reprises the role of the Fourth Doctor, with Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates. Two things arrive on the same night in Central Park, New York, 1976. The first is a fireball from space, bringing with it a new identity for one Alice Trefusis. The second is the Tardis, carrying the Doctor and his friends on the trail of an unusual comic book cover. The Doctor's strength is sapped by something in the New York air - but what could cause such a malaise? As he and Mike are first mixed up with the police and then taken on an aerial ride over the city, Mrs Wibbsey comes face to face with the legendary Talkies film star Mimsy Loyne. And all the while, long multicoloured scarves and floppy felt hats are climbing the stairs of the Dakota Building...With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Trevor White as Buddy, Laurel Lefkow as Alice, Lorelei King as Mimsy Loyne, Rupert Holliday Evans as the Cop, and John Chancer as the Cultist, "Starfall" is the fourth of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs.

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; abridged edition edition (6 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408466708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408466704
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sounds a lot of fun.... 21 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
Like its predecessor, Hornets' Nest, the Demon Quest sequence (Relice of Time, 3/5; Demon of Paris, 3/5; Shard of Ice, 5/5; Starfall, 3/5; Sepulchre, 3/5) is a rummy old thing: beautifully packaged, with stunning cover artwork; gorgeous, immersive sound design; and a trump card in the return of Sir Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor (a feat even the estimable Big Finish hasn't yet wangled). Even the price - some used models were hovering around the three-guinea mark at the time of writing - is right.

So what's not to like? Well, it's like this... the plot, narrative, story-arc, call it what you will, is slender to the point of non-existence, and it makes the six-hour journey (12 if you pop Hornet's Nest on the mp3-player) somewhat unsatisfactory upon arrival at your ultimate destination.
Now, that's not to say it isn't fun getting there, because it is: Baker is in larky mode, the fourth Doctor no longer the implacable, alien odd-bod of old but an avuncular (lustier?) force of nature, a character mapped somewhat on to the actor's current public persona (they have, finally, become each other), and there is fine support from Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey (a figure seemingly plucked from Baker's relentless imagination by author Paul Magrs) and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates (no, we don't know what Yates is doing here, either, but Franklin provides sterling support all the same).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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First released in 2010, this is the fourth part of a five part adventure for the Fourth Doctor released on audio. It is a single hour long episode on a single disc, with some well realised artwork on the inlay. Following the events of the opening episode (Relics of Time) the Doctor, Mrs Wibbsey and Mike Yates are on a quest across time, following clues left by their mysterious adversary as they try to track down some missing parts from the TARDIS.

This adventure finds them in New York in the late seventies. Landing in Central Park they encounter a strange meteor, an ageing actress, cultists and a superhero. The story is largely narrated by a New Yorkian pretzel seller, and the tone jars constantly throughout. Dr. Who is an English institution, and this attempt at Americanisation fails miserably. The tale of a girl discovering superhuman powers, told in the style of a comic strip, just doesn’t fit in with the general Who style. The main attraction of the series, Baker, is largely sidelined, and when he does appear his voice (for reasons of the plot) is cracked, shakey and totally lacking in it’s usual richness. OK, that’s Baker obeying the writer’s instructions and no fault of the actor’s, but I felt it was a mistake to have him sounding so unfamiliar in his brief appearances. There are a few good moments when The Doctor is speaking to an old flame, but that’s about it.

I really disliked this story. It doesn’t really do anything to advance the Demon Quest story arc, and the tone of it is all wrong. It’s a bold experiment in style, but for me a total failure. 1 star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Magrs' triumphant return to form! 27 Nov 2011
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After the somewhat average "A Shard of Ice", I remained confident that things would pick up again in Paul Magrs' Demon Quest. And that's what we've got with part 4 of this wonderful Doctor Who audio series, which moves to the Big Apple in 1976 as the Fourth Doctor and his companions (Mrs Wibbsey and Mike Yates) search for the last TARDIS component and uncover the truth about the final artefact; a comic book cover featuring themselves!

"Starfall" feels like such a breath of fresh air. Throughout Demon Quest, the Doctor's search has taken him to Ancient Britain (43 AD), 1894 Paris and 1847 Germany, investigating the Doctor's likenesses on mosaic tiling, a Toulouse-Lautrec painting and inside a fairy tale book respectively. 1976 Central Park, New York is a perfect environment for the Doctor's travels, and investigating a mysterious comic book ties in naturally to the arc's rhythm/theme.

Immediately, I will confess that I am SUCH a comic-book nerd. I grew up on Marvel and DC Comics, so it's no surprise that I was drawn by the premise and Ben Wilsher's spectacular cover illustration for Starfall. The episode's premise of mild-mannered secretary Alice Trefusis coming into contact with a cosmic-powered meteor, transforming her into the awe-inspiring Miss Starfall...is a clichéd comic origin story, but that's why I love it.

There are blatant elements of Spider-Man and Superman inspiration in this chapter, but Magrs clearly relishes in it all, resulting in an entertaining romp of a story. Mentions of "the Incredible Comics company" and "True Believers!" are bound to bring a smile to fans of DC, Marvel and Stan Lee.
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