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The Auntie Matter (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Jonathan Morris
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (1 Jan 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1781780544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781780541
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Vs Auntie Florence 21 Dec 2013
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Doctor Who : The Auntie Matter.
Doctor: Fourth Doctor.
Companion : Romana.
Main enemy: Template:Cls.
Main setting: London and Bassett-on-Hamble, Hampshire, 1929.
Writer: Jonathan Morris.
Director: Ken Bentley.
Release number: 2.1.
Format: 1 CD, 2 Parts.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews including a tribute to Mary Tamm.

Cast.
The Doctor - Tom Baker
Romana - Mary Tamm
Florence Wickham/Lady Florence Bassett - Julia McKenzie
Reginald "Reggie" Bassett - Robert Portal
Mabel Dobbs - Lucy Griffiths
Grenville/Diggery - Alan Cox
Lady Ligeia Bassett - Jane Slavin.

Positive.
1)Tom Baker & the late Mary Tamm deliver such rich performances in this season 2 opener of Fourth Doctor Audio Adventures as there chemistry is a joy to listen too.
2)Great story that has echoes of P.G Woodhouse by writer Jonathan Morris.
3)Julia McKenzie delivers a creepy performance as Aunty Florence (Remind me never to visit her for afternoon tea).

Negative.
None, A joyful 60 minutes of audio entertainment.

Trivia.
1)Julia McKenzie starred in classic 80's comedy Fresh & French Fields with Anton Rodgers but is better known recently for her role as Miss Marple.
2)Lucy Griffiths played Maid Marion in the first two seasons of BBC hit Robin Hood alongside Jonas Armstrong & more recently starred in season five- present in US hit Tru Blood as Nora Gainesborough.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Auntie Matter 13 Oct 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This has got to be one of the funniest Doctor Who stories ever. The story features Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor and Mary Tamm as Romana I. The Doctor, in an effort to shake off the Black Guardian has set up the Randomiser on the Tardis and sent it and K-9 off on some random stops before eventually returning to Earth to get the Doctor and Romana. In the meantime, the Doctor and Romana are living in 1920's London as titled nobility in a rented townhouse. But tea and crumpets are not the only thing waiting for them, as the Doctor picks up alien energy waves in the area.

I particularly loved this story because it combined the Doctor with another of my favourite literary genres, that of P G Wodehouse. The author of this story, Jonathan Morris is clearly a long-term fan of PGW, the evidence of which are the many references, both direct and indirect to the world invented by PGW. The characters of feckless Reggie, long-suffering Mabel, and Reggie's malovelent Aunt are mixed with the ongoing motifs of many of PGW's works - interfering aunts, marriage of the idle rich, the hardworking lower class and mix-ups of people and places in merry farce. Reggie is even a member of the Drones Club!

This story made me laugh out loud with the PGW references and madcap world that has been created around the Doctor Who story; and made me eagerly listen to see what happened next in the great Doctor Who story itself. A great mix of sci-fi and hilariy; totally definitely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on 29 Mar 2013
The Auntie Matter is an easy to follow, light-hearted and entertaining mid-era Tom Baker story with Romana II. It launches a new (second) season of fourth Doctor Big Finish audio adventures which in many ways will be as unique as season 16 as both will have only featured Mary Tamm for just one season.

I usually do not have time to listen to all the extra features, but in this case, it was very prudent, in light of Mary Tamm's death.

The overall product is a very good one. Tom Baker is pretty well back to being the character he should be (previous season was not convincing at all times and not given the right dialogue either). Mary Tamm beautifully delivers her character. The rest of the cast do wonders with a fun-loving set of clichéd and over-the-top P.G.Wodehouse characters.

Importantly, this story feels like a season 16 story and sits nicely along-side the humour and character levels of The Stones of Blood and The Androids of Tara. Obviously this story is not chasing another segment of The Key to Time.

It does everything that it should do to reflect the era it is from, which is clever writing and realisation. In fact, at times it is rather better. Given the constraints therefore that the production team have, it would be difficult to produce something that is better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Ho, Doctor 31 Jan 2013
(Taken from my Patient Centurion blog)

This is the first of the second series of Tom Baker Big Finish productions. It pairs up Tom with Mary Tamm. It is thus one of the last things that Mary Tamm did before her sadly early death. Unlike Caroline John's appearance in 'The Last Post' this feels less valedictory and more a traditional Doctor Who tale. Part of a series.

It's Doctor Who meets P.G. Wodehouse: a bit of Jeeves, a bit of Blandings and a bit of the Drones club. It takes P.G. Wodehouse's obsession with fearsome Aunts to an extreme degree. It's rather delightful to hear the magnificent Julia Mackenzie get her teeth into an Wodehousian Aunt with a twist.

Jonathan Morris, the writer also weaves a rather clever plot, which keeps both Romana and the Doctor occupied and plays with the idea of the necessity of separating Doctor & companion in a (slightly) unusual way, which adds to the fun.

This is the first Tom Baker Big Finish I've heard and it feels a little different to the others. Perhaps it is Tom, whose delivery is so Tom that it sounds a little less natural than the other Doctors, even if it feels quite spot on Tomish. I do adore Tom Baker. The Fourth Doctor is my Doctor and to hear him in full Doctor-ish flow again is a real pleasure.

Mary Tamm is magnificent too. Her Romana keeps that slightly superior tone of the television version, whose clearly unimpressed with being stuck on a primitive planet like Earth. Again. Her desire to go and explore, nudged along by the Doctor is what leads to....well a meeting with a perfectly written and perfectly cast pseudo-Wooster in Reggie (Robert Portal).

I can't praise Robert Portal enough for his joyful performance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This is the sort of story that can't be bettered. Excellent script, great performances, excellent production bears repeated listening.
What more can you ask for ?
Published 2 months ago by Mr. T. D. J. Dommett
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Baker & Mary Tamm On Top Form
The first season of The Fourth Doctor Adventures, in which Tom Baker returned to his most famous role for the first time with Big Finish Productions, was one of the 'Doctor Who'... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Andrew F
5.0 out of 5 stars I say! - Doctor Who meets P.G. Wodehouse
For Mary Tamm, the noblest Romana of them all!

This I really liked. 'The Auntie Matter' is definite homage to the 1920s and the world of P.G. Wodehouse. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tim Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Romana rocks
Mary Tamm is superb and will be sorely missed she is brilliant in this story! A witty and well-acted tale!
Published 15 months ago by S. Phythian
5.0 out of 5 stars No poppycock!
Tom Baker is my favourite of all the incarnation's of the Doctor, this story was a very pleasant listening and looking forward to the rest of the series. Read more
Published 16 months ago by mark turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Topping day, what!
This release is fantastic. I had never listened to the first season of fourth doctor adventures but i purchased this on a whim. Read more
Published 17 months ago by TARDIS Traveller
5.0 out of 5 stars Aunts and aliens
First in the latest series of Doctor Who audio stories to feature Tom Baker as the Doctor. Also featuring Mary Tamm as his companion, the first Romana. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Paul Tapner
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