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


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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio (3 Sep 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 (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... brilliantly produced story... -- Observer, September 6, 2009

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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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 500 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 Sep 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Sep 2009
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- although the TARDIS is only mentioned in passing in this audio adventure that finally tempted the most popular Doctor back to the role. Much has been made of the fact that Baker turned down many offers to work on the Big Finish series of Who audio adventures before finally accepting this first of five linked but more-or-less self-contained stories, with the general feeling being he probably chose the wrong team. Certainly the production values don't seem any more lavish - aside from the odd dialogue scene with a couple of other actors, much of the story is narrated in the past tense by the Doctor to former disgraced UNIT officer Mike Yates (who lost his job after being involved in an attempted coup d'etat involving dinosaurs: obviously the Doctor isn't one to hold a grudge, though the stories were originally intended to feature Nicholas Courtney's Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart until he fell ill). As a result, the story is everything, and it's here that things don't exactly stumble but are less sure-footed than you'd like...

The premise itself isn't bad, with the Doctor becoming aware of the activities of Mr Noggins after a serious of mysterious deaths at the hands of exotic animals - dead and stuffed animals, as it happens ("They mostly come out at night. That's when stuffed animals go hunting. Their victims rarely hear them until it's too late."). But far from wanting revenge on the human race, it turns out that something much more alien may be controlling them. Unfortunately, once what that is has been unveiled, the story really doesn't have anywhere left to go and more or less winds down without ever reaching a climax, simply ending with a tease and setup for future stories, which makes this particularly unsatisfying as a standalone story.
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