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"Doctor Who": Hornets' Nest: Stuff of Nightmares v. 1 (BBC Audio) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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3 Sep 2009 BBC Audio
Tom Baker reprises the role of the Fourth Doctor in the first of five thrilling brand new audio adventures, with Richard Franklin as Mike Yates. 'Wanted: retired army Captain for light household duties and fireside companionship. Must tolerate mild eccentricity and strong scientific advice. Knowledge of Giant Maggots, Super Intelligent Spiders and Prehistoric Monsters a positive boon'. Responding to an advert apparently worded for him alone, Captain Mike Yates (retired) is reunited with a ghost from the past. But why has the Doctor, that mysterious traveller in Time and Space, sent for his former UNIT acquaintance? Trapped by a horde of vicious creatures in an apparently innocuous English country cottage, the two old friends are on the brink of an enormous adventure. As the Doctor relates his recent escapades, it becomes clear to Mike that they - and the Earth at large - are facing an enemy of unimaginable power and horrific intent. The nightmare is only just beginning...With Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey and Daniel Hill as Percy Noggins. '...a lively mix of humour and horror...' - "Cambs Times". '...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 (3 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408426730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408426739
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and sometimes creepy adventure... 5 Sep 2009
By Simon McMahon VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I've just finished listening to The Stuff of Nightmares and was surprised to find myself having enjoyed it! I say I was surprised because of the amount of negativity this story has been receiving both here and elsewhere on the internet. I'd actually like to address this first.

There seems to be a huge backlash against this at the moment. Firstly, the BBC seem to have made a bit of a mistake in the publicity by indicating that this was going to be a full cast audio drama which people assumed would be in the same vein as Big Finish (who produce licensed Doctor Who audioplays with Doctors 5 through 8). It's not. It's closer to an Audiobook with several actors and some dramatised sections. Judging from other reviews you might think this format doesn't work. The thing is, it does. In fact I think it works very well, particularly for this story. Looking at the other reviews I believe a lot of the negative feeling is coming from people who wanted a full cast audio play and are lashing out because the BBC publicity machine made a mistake.

Secondly, this is a release that has had a ridiculous level of anticipation. Tom Baker is usually cited as the most popular Doctor. Big Finish were never able to persuade him to do something with them and most people assumed that Tom Baker would never reassume the role on audio. When news of this project came along people were understandably excited. And high expectations often lead to disappointment. Yes, he doesn't sound the same as he did in the 70's and 80's, and yes some of his dialogue is a little on the stiff side (particularly during his scenes with Mike), but not enough to ruin my enjoyment of the story and surely he can be forgiven for taking a little while to warm up to a character he hasn't played in such a long time?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant stuff 29 Mar 2011
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You just cant beat a good Dr Who 20 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Dr who's are like Bond actors. Everyone has their Dr Who and their Bond. And Tom Baker was mine. I grew up with him on a Saturday night. Wishing it was a Daleks episode every week and then glad it wasn't as was a touch scary.

You get right into the story for the first words. Tom Bakers voice is rich and comforting from start to finish. So if you are of that age and want to feel like a child again this is the CD for you. Stick it on the in the car and enjoy the drive home from work and get lost in the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing 2 Dec 2009
By Richard Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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 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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1.0 out of 5 stars This is only chapter 1, not a stand alone story
I feel ripped off. This is 70 mins of Mike finding the Doctor and Tom Baker filling him in up to date. Then it ends. Read more
Published 9 days ago by married with children
3.0 out of 5 stars One of those good news bad news situations...
Good news: Tom Baker is back in a new story!
Bad news: (well... not so great news) It's a Paul Magrs story. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Benjamin J. Whitehouse
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a Big Finish production
Having eagerly waited to listen to this series I was rather hoping it would be a little more of a drama than a story telling. Read more
Published 14 months ago by S R Williams
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I enjoy radio plays and audio books, as I like to be able to relax and close my eyes and listen. As a Doctor Who fan I enjoyed this disk as with your imagination you are not tied... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Big Bad Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressed!
I bought 'The Stuff of Nightmares' despite mixed reviews because it was the return of Tom Baker...and that seemed a good enough reason! Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2010 by R. Cartwright
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome treat for Tom Baker fans
Be aware, this is the first of five, and so if you like this one, you've got more to look forward to. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2010 by bluecougar25
4.0 out of 5 stars Baker is back!
Initially things feel a bit awkward as there's a lot of scene-setting to be done and it seems to take Tom Baker a little while to get back into the role (not surprising after such... Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2010 by BlueSkiesForever
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining hour
As a fan of Tom Baker's Doctor I was a little apprehensive as to how good this ressurection would be. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2010 by Otto99
4.0 out of 5 stars Taxidermy gone wrong...
With original voices, this new adventure feels like true Doctor Who and is great for any fan of the old series, Tom Baker's doctor and UNIT. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2009 by N. Gratton
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