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"Doctor Who": Hornets' Nest: Circus of Doom v. 3 (BBC Audio) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Paul Magrs
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16 Nov 2009 BBC Audio
The circus has come to town - and so has the Doctor! Watching the parade pass by in 1832, he finds the people of Blandford strangely drawn towards the garish big top, and knows that something is terribly wrong. The only thing to do is pay a visit. Meanwhile Adam Farrow finds his sister caught up with the circus and its sinister ringmaster. What is behind Antonio's almost hypnotic power, and how is it connected with an event in the Doctor's future? Seized by clowns and forced into the centre of the ring, the Doctor encounters the fiercest of all circus acts. Yet something much more terrifying lurks in the wings - and the sound it makes is horribly familiar. Lives will be lost before the circus moves on - and the Doctor will face his own doom on the high wire. With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Susie Riddell as Sally, Michael Maloney as Farrow, Jilly Bond as Francesca and Stephen Thorne as Antonio, "The Circus of Doom" is the third of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs. '...a cracking, mystifying and frankly weird tale' - "Chichester Observer". '...Baker delivers the drama and intensity that you recognise from the Forth Doctor of old' - "Doctor Who Magazine".

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (16 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408426757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408426753
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... a cracking, mystifying and frankly weird tale -- Chichester Observer, October 23, 2009

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If this is old rope then keep coiling it in! 13 Nov 2009
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I find it hard to understand all the negative reviews here, as someone who grew up with Tom Baker's melifluous tones as The Doctor on television, I think the opportunity to hear him reprise the role is simply irresistible. This series has been hugely enjoyable - but it's not supposed to be high theatre; the evocatice music and Baker's dulcet drawl just make me smile constantly, and the story featuring a macabre circus troupe and it's sinister ringmaster are superb. Surely the opportunity to hear a group of outstanding actors play their roles without frills and endless explosions is what audio drama is all about? And Richard Franklin, Tom Baker et al acquit themselves with aplomb - Paul Magrs' script is sharp and witty, and the endless bandying of polysyllabic words is ideally suited to Baker's style. Fun, cosy, and hugely entertaining - for me this series is going from strength to strength,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Released in 2009, this is the second part of a five part story that saw the return of Tom Baker to the role of the Fourth Doctor. It is part of a story arc, and can probably be listened to in isolation but I would advise listening to Stuff of Nightmares first. It is a single hour long episode on a single disc, with some well realised artwork on the inlay.

Following the events of Stuff of Nightmares, the Doctor and Mike Yates are trapped in the cellar at Nest Cottage for the night while the murderous menagerie of possessed taxidermical terrors roams the rest of the building. The Doctor uses the opportunity to fill Mike in on his other encounters with the Hornets. His tale takes him to Cromer in the 1930's, where the dnacer Ernestina Stubbs has an unhealthy fascination wit a pair of old ballet shoes (complete with the owners feet) in the local museum. Strange things start to happen to her after she steals the shoes, and she and the Doctor are thrown into a thrilling adventure as they come up against the museum owner, who is a lot more than she seems.

The tale is largely narrated by Baker, with a few lines from other cast members. It's more than a simple audiobook, but not quite a full production. It's an effective style and allows us to glory in Bakers orotund tones as he slips right back into the role. The story itself is pretty decent, with thrills, spills and chills along the way, with the odd moment of humour. A good listen, 4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Getting better and better - this series has the tension building nicely.

I never tire of hearing Tom Baker's wonderful voice rolling out those words; and his style, and the writing is totally "Fourth Doctor".

The story this time revolves around a menacing circus and its shady denizens - can't say I've ever been particularly fond of clowns myself, and this circus is not one you'd want to run away to. With time moving backwards, as it were, or the Doctor moving backwards relative to the hornets anyway, things that were not clear in the earlier cds are now finding more answers in the later cds - and is the Doctor the instigator of all this misfortune in the first place? Have to wait and see!

Diving into the fourth cd in this series now - loving it more with each cd!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic horror 12 Mar 2010
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I loved this story and can't understand why others didn't. It takes place in the early 19th Century as the Doctor follows his foes back in time. Arriving in the small town of Blandford he finds the place almost deserted. A shop assistant tells him that the townsfolk are all still in bed, having been the previous night to "The Circus of Delights", a travelling circus that has recently arrived in town. The Doctor soon realises that there is something amiss about this troupe and before you know it he's in the thick of an adventure. Very dark and macabre. Fast moving too.

Tom Baker is completely in character as the Doctor by now and i believed every word he said and every second of the story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars big top of evil 28 Nov 2009
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third in the talking books series featuring tom baker reprising the role of the fourth doctor. There's an ongoing storyline here that is slowly taking precedence so casual listeners might be better off starting with the first one "Doctor Who": Hornets' Nest: Stuff of Nightmares v. 1 (BBC Audio).

Those who've followed the series so far will find this adopting the format as before. A complete story in roughly seventy minutes spread over one disc, with the doctor telling mike yates about an encounter of his with the strange alien hornets. There's a short reprise of the first two parts at the start of the story that lasts roughly three minutes.

The main story here involves the doctor investigating a circus that is visiting a rural town in 1832.The quality of the performances they put on are hypnotic. literally, it would seem. The doctor investigates, teaming up with a victorian doctor called farrow who is trying to make his sister leave the place, and finds a little more than he bargained for as the truth about the hornets slowly comes out.

Whilst this does slightly have middle of a series problems in that it really only exists just to push the main plot on somewhat, it makes up for that for the most of it by being a delightfully atmospheric and absorbing listen for the most part. the script is superbly evocative and tom baker really gets his teeth into it, plus the ringmaster and doctor farrow are very strong characters and very well played by the cast members who take the roles, as they make them believable and never go over the top.

Come the last third though the pace does drop off somewhat. Still, the plot development is pretty intriguing, and it did leave me eager to find what will happen next. So I'll be back for part four
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who
The story is ok but the author has managed to meander just enough to leave you wondering if he forgot the story line on more than one occasion
Published 20 months ago by Deano
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Return by Tom Baker
Most of the other reviewers have mentioned what I'd declare myself.

Simply put. This is magic. Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2011 by Sean Curtin
4.0 out of 5 stars "Appointment with Tom"
No need for an introduction Sir Tom Baker in new adventures as The Doctor. These are in a different style to say the more tradtionally dramatised stories of Big Finish's Doctor Who... Read more
Published on 11 April 2011 by Bob Marlowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who - Hornet's Nest vol 3: Circus of Doom
If you've either heard the first two volumes or read my other reviews you will know how good these audios are. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2010 by Andy
1.0 out of 5 stars No, No, No, No, No!
This should have been a major event for old school Doctor Who fans. Tom Baker finally back in the saddle after so many years away? What's not to like? Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2010 by S Maslin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun but not particularly 'Who'
The pluses of this series remain - Tom Baker attacks the role with relish and is ably supported by a decent cast (although Richard Franklin again doesn't get much to do). Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2010 by A. I. Mackenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Bigger on the inside...
This is an interesting title for a classic Doctor. In the starring roll is Tom Baker back as the 4th Doctor, but not in a full audio drama which all Who fans would have liked. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2010 by Holtonr
5.0 out of 5 stars A real Circus of Delights!
The third installment of the Hornet's Nest saga sees events take a much darker and serious tone, as the Doctor finds himself involved in a very sinister and dark tale, revolving... Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2009 by M. Evans
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