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Doctor Who Hornets' Nest 1: The Stuff Of Nightmares (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408426730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408426739
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"Baker delivers the drama and intensity that you recognise from the Fourth Doctor of old" (Doctor Who Magazine)

"a lively mix of humour and horror" (Cambs Times)

"Tom Baker steps back into the role of the Doctor with ease, the edginess and humour he originally brought to the role are still there, while his rich vocal tones have also matured like a fine wine... Susan Jameson and Daniel Hill also provide great character support, making this tale an essential listen for any Doctor Who fan" (South Wales Argus)

Book Description

Tom Baker reprises the role of the 4th Doctor in the first of five thrilling brand new adventures, with Richard Franklin as Mike Yates.

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2011
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I absolutely loved this - to be fair, I'm completely biased in favour of Tom Baker - to me, he is The Doctor; but trying to be impartial, I still think this has an awful lot going for it.

The story is complex and interesting - and entertaining as well, which is one of the most important factors in any audio story. I carefully saved up this audio cd until I had all five in the series, and am listening to each one straight after the other - now on the second one, so thought I would review the first.

And it is what it purports to be - an audio story - not a full blown audio drama complete with special effects. It is a story, read as such, some as action between characters, and some as a story being told after the fact. I think the mix is good of 'live' action and recapping the story. And it is of a nature that it doesn't need too many characters involved to be effective.

Richard Franklin is great as Captain Yates - both his and Tom Baker's voices are instantly recognisable as their well-remembered selves. While Captain Yates left the original series under a bit of a professional cloud from UNIT, it is good to see that the character seems to have redeemed himself.

And it is fantastic to hear Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor - still, in this series, the Doctor from the 1970s with the floppy hat, toothy grin and long scarf. And you can hear the toothy grin in his reading of this part. It's just wonderful to be able to 'hear' his facial expressions in his great voice with the gruff growls as he gets bad-tempered, the laughing tones of his witty remarks and the lecturing tones as he tells Mike the story so far.

Totally loving it! Wouldn't it be great to have Tom Baker do more Fourth Doctor stories? Well, yes, it would.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Dec. 2009
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As someone in their mid/late 30s Tom Baker is my Doctor Who, so given an opportunity to get hold of his return was something that I couldn't turn down. An advert is placed in the local rag that Mike Yates, a retired UNIT Captian, gets which seems to be either a joke or aimed directly at him. He follows the advert and discovers The Doctor living in a country house surrounded by stuffed animals. From here on we get a story about mind controlling hornets and stuffed animals coming back to life and causing chaos.

The cast is minimal to say the least Tom Baker is the Doctor and he is in fine form, it's a very easy listening piece of radio drama Richard Franklin is Mike Yates, an old aquaintance of the Doctor's and Daniel Hill is the nefarious Percy Noggins who has something to do with why the stuffed animals are being reanimated.

Whilst the story is okay, it's biggest problem is that it isn't really classic Doctor Who. We get a mention of the Sonic Screwdriver, but it fails to open a rusty padlock (what happened to the recent "it can open anything apart from a deadlocked seal?"), we hear a brief mention of the scarf that Tom Baker so famouly wore as the Doctor and there is no mention of the TARDIS at all. My kids listened to it and quiet enjoyed it, but it didn't ring of their modern Doctor Who bells (David Tennent is certainly their Doctor) and they didn't really see why it was called a Doctor Who story at all...my daughter suggested that it didn't really have anything to do with the Doctor, other than the main characters name!

It was a diverting 70 minutes of drama, but unfortunately it didn't draw me in enough to make me want to buy the second in the series. 5/10 rounded up to 3 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul B TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2009
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This new BBC Audio release has a lot to live up to, thanks mainly to Big Finish and their often excellent Doctor Who audio adventures.

But then the BBC have brought in Tom Baker, which will at least ensure sales are high no matter what the quality of the story. Thankfully, Stuff of Nightmares turns out to be a good story anyway and well worth listening to.

Stuff Of Nightmares is the first in a series of inter-linked adventures called 'Hornet's Nest'. Though each adventure can be easily listened to separately without hearing the last it will make more sense to listen to them all in order. In this respect it's a bit like the 8th Doctor stories which have been broadcast on BBC7 and released by BBC on CD.

Tom does a good job of bringing the 4th Doctor back but does seem to take time to get back into the role with a little awkward acting at the start and it's good to see Mike Yates as another returning character, voiced by Richard Franklin and certainly a better rounded character than he ever was in the 80's. Daniel Hill is also very good and really brings out the best of his shady character.

So with all the good voice acting and a great script by Paul Magrs it should get 5 stars, right? Well, it almost does but I think because this is a first effort everyone's still testing the water and it never seems to go all out in entertaining the listener. Perhaps the second story will hit the mark, but even so Stuff of Nightmares is still well worth a listen for any old (or new) Doctor Who fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sussex by the Sea VINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 2009
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The return of Tom, for many the embodiment of everything that was best about the programme during it's 1970s heyday, is clearly the selling point for this release. Even the design of this CD cover consciously evokes memories of the merchandise of that time, and in many ways the CD follows suit, with no references to anything beyond Tom's time on the programme.

On the CD the Doctor is a mixture of the character as we remember him, and Tom Baker's well-cultivated persona. We therefore have a Doctor who likes a drink, and is no stranger to telling fairly long outrageous anecdotes of his adventures. But sometimes, especially when the character gets angry, the unmistakable voice of the fourth Doctor can be heard, and in those moments it is a joy to hear. The choice of Captain Yates as supporting companion is rather odd, as he never spent any on screen time with Tom's Doctor, but works well with the reminiscing themes of the story.

The audio is not a full cast drama, but rather a series of monologues with supporting voices and incidental music, halfway between an audio-book and a radio play. There are two-way conversations, but no scenes featuring more than two characters, with the audio regularly returning to narration rather than conversation. Action scenes are described, not acted out. I found it quite a refreshing change from full-cast dramatisations, but I think some may find it rather stilted. It feels like a vehicle for Tom Baker to do the type of acting that he prefers and excels at, which is possibly the reason he has returned to the role now.

The script is by Paul Magrs, the author of the excellent Whitby horror-pastiche novels such as "Never the Bride". If you like those novels, this audio will certainly appeal to you, and the lexical dexterity of the script should raise far more than the occasional smile.
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