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Doctor Who: Serpent Crest: Aladdin Time: Pt. 3 [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Paul Magrs , Tom Baker
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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3 Nov 2011 Doctor Who: Serpent Crest (Book 3)
Tom Baker stars as the fourth Doctor in the third of five thrilling brand new adventures, with Susan Jameson as Mrs. Wibbsey.Trapped underground, the Doctor and Mrs. Wibbsey encounter a small boy who claims to be Aladdin, in search of a fabled lamp. He joins them on their own quest, to find a power source in this weird domain and switch it off. Many obstacles lie in their way. Vast rooms stuffed with exotic items give way to torch-lit tunnels and deadly precipices. Creatures of mythical proportions lie in wait. Peculiar atmospheres take their toll on them. Perhaps strangest of all, the Doctor s multicolored scarf appears to take on a life of its own As friends are separated and uneasy alliances are formed, the strange environment attempts to claim them. Will the Doctor and Mrs. Wibbsey ever get back to Hexford? And will Aladdin discover who he really is? With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Susan Jameson as Mrs. Wibbsey, Guy Harvey as Aladdin, Sophie Ward as the Storyteller, Terrence Hardiman as the Gryphon, Andrew Sachs as the Scarf, Simon Shepherd as the Magician, and Su Douglas as the Toad, "Aladdin Time" is the third of five linked stories written by Paul Magrs."

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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (3 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408468875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408468876
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Arabian Night 11 Dec 2011
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Third in the Serpent Crest series, a run of Doctor Who audio stories from the BBC with Tom Baker in the lead.

This one runs for seventy five minutes [approx] and is one long episode, the only breaks being the usual cd chapter ones.

The inlay contains cast and copyright information plus a mock up of a story, which has a bearing on the events here.

This does have a brief reprise of the events in the first two Serpent Crest audios right at the start. But new listeners are better off starting with those as it's not really a great jumping on point.

The end of part two saw the Doctor and some others pulled into an alien artefact which has great powers.

Here, they find themselves in the middle of a story that could have come out of the Arabian Nights.

In fact, a certain storyteller is telling the tale as it happens.

Can the Doctor and Mrs. Wibbsey make Aladdin realise who he really is? And can they find a way out?

And what will happen to the storyteller?

This deliberately takes on the style of an Arabian nights tale. And plays some clever tricks in regards to the narrative, and what it's like for those who are inside it. This makes it a bit slowly paced for the most part - the opening narration from the storyteller does go on for a little bit too long - but the dialogue scenes between the characters in the tale are pretty good.

The resolution lacks dramatic impact, though. But a scene which follows involving the fate of the storyteller is rather memorable.

And then there's another scene which ties up a lot of the loose ends of the story so far. And rather lacks dramatic impact as well. Making this one end on a rather low key note.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is the third of the five part series Serpent Crest, featuring the Robotov Empire, the dangerous and apparently malevolent Skishtari egg, and the Doctor and Mrs Wibbsey trying to put things right. In this story, the Doctor and Mrs W are in a storyland built around the familiar Aladdin stories; magicians, caves with unimaginable treasures, Aladdin and the magician trying to find the lamp; but what does it all mean? And how do they get back to Hexford and sort things out, as they seem to be going from bad to worse?

Tom Baker and Susan Jameson are in top form again, and they have a good supporting cast as the other characters in the stories. But it does flag a bit - perhaps it just suffers from being the third part in a five part story, but it never really seemed to make much headway in the overall story arc. And I was never really that fond of Aladdin stories anyway. Never mind, by the end of the story, the Doctor is ready to take Boolin and Alex back, and Mrs Wibbsey sets off to do the washing up. And hopefully Mike Yates will be all right, having been in the hospital since the initial attack by the Robotovs several episodes ago. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, I'm sure, so we'll head to episode 4 to see where the story goes next.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flaccid 20 Mar 2012
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For this range I actually found Aladdin Time to be rather pedestrian. Contrary to some reports Tom Baker was practically reserved in this installment, and it was hard to care too much about any the of characters - especially the boy, who comes across as so wooden this may as well be called 'Pinnochio Time'! Even the usually reliable Mrs Wibbsey has become rather too one-dimensional, and despite Andrew Sach's brilliant portrayal of the Doctor's scarf come to life as a sort-of genie, this feels like a series that needs an injection of something to get it up and running again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I'd rather listen to 1001 nights. 11 Feb 2013
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This is not a good doctor who audio adventure. It is quite boring and because its boring it feels like it goes on forever. Try 1001 Nights instead. Still I like Tom Baker in this.
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This is episode three in the (at time of writing) latest Tom Baker audio serial, DOCTOR WHO SERPENT CREST - ALADDIN TIME, written by Paul Magrs (the G is silent, fans) from AUDIOGO. I've listened to episode one (TSAR WARS) but missed episode two and so I come to this thing with a handicap but the virtue in reviewing this release almost as a standalone lies in just that: does the story work in its own right or is it a necessity to buy the previous realises? I think this is an approach worth taking because not everyone is blessed with a large budget for indulgencies and so some may be tempted to dip into a series rather than commit to buying a boxed set with a hefty price tag (which one would expect, given that this will eventually turn up as part of a five-CD set, remember). The added complication is that Tom is back in the saddle and so a lot of fans will probably want to sign on for at least a few of these tales even if coughing up 50 for a series may be out of the question.

The tone of episode one and three is pretty much the same. Think Douglas Adams era WHO. If you've like me and find pretty much everything Adams has done as a series of tired exercises in over-extended satire licensed by his Oxbridge connections then you should avoid this, period. The Doctor's scarf becomes a snake-like entity and this feels a lot like the Colin Baker period in the DOCTOR WHO MONTHLY magazine (remember the brilliant Rupert Bear parody? Yes, like that). But, again, if you're also like me and think Tom Baker is a genius, then you're pretty much stuck with the dilemma: it's Tom and so has to be worth hearing. And that's it. I opted to listen to this thing solely because Tom is bringing us NEW WHO from the best Doctor. And one cannot argue with that.
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