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

Jonathan Morris
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars I say! - Doctor Who meets P.G. Wodehouse 30 April 2013
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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. It's become one of my favourite `Doctor Who's with the Doctor and Romana and it was lovely to be listening to Tom Baker and Mary Tamm reprising their roles and working together as I enjoyed them in 'The Key to Time' series.

I couldn't help but enjoy the world of the 1920s which must be one of my favourite periods of history. The style and wit of Jonathan Morris' script harkens back to the stories of 'Jeeves and Wooster' which was as he intended when writing this. I'm pretty sure Douglas Adams would have gladly commissioned this story as script editor if Jonny were to submit it to him. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Morris at a convention in Tunbridge Wells back in March, 2013 and had the CD cover for this story signed by him.

I make it a Christmas tradition to watch one of my favourite TV shows - 'Jeeves and Wooster' staring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Even Tom Baker makes mention of enjoying this series with Fry and Laurie on the CD extras, which is something me and Tom have in common. After hearing this, it put me in mind of the various stories and plots of the calibre from P.G. Wodehouse, such as Reggie finding a suitable match/lady for marriage to please his aunt; for him to be 'molded' and to have someone 'strong, self-reliant and sensible'. And phrases like 'Whatho', 'I say' and 'By George' really did it for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I say, cracking story this, what! 2 Aug 2014
By a.diaz
The first of the second season of Fourth Doctor audio stories from Big Finish, this very strongly 'P.G. Woodhouse'-spired two-parter sees Doctor #4 and Romana #1 enjoying a break from their travels as the supposed lord and lady manor of an English Manor in the early 20th century. However, the peace doesn't last long, as soon Romana becomes involved with a strange young man, Reggie, and the machinations of his rather strange 'Auntie'.

The cast here, as well as being the usual BF top job, are all having a a ball with the material. Baker and Tamm are pitch perfect in recapturing their younger selves, have a more bickery relationship as opposed to the more equal partnership during the Lalla Ward days. He is wonderfully ebulliant while she is terrifically bossy and direct, and it's a joy. The rest of the cast is small but equally as fun, with special props to Julia McKenzie as the enjoyably diabolical 'Aunt', who feels like she popped right out of the Douglas Adams era, and is clearly having a riot as the villain.

BF's technical work is once again top notch, though much simpler as it's primarily the sounds of the country and old motorcars, but the real prize here is the script. John Morris continues to impress me as a Who writer, this time displaying himself as a very able comedy writer. It's often really, really funny and witty, and anyone who is a fan of the Adams era, or the likes of Woodhouse and Blackadder, will instantly be at home here with its humorous jab at the archetypical crust of historical English society and the upper class. And mix the abundant wit with the brisk pacing of a two-parter, and you have a short, sweet and loveable good time here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle starter
A nice undemanding two hander -in that Romana and the Doctor both involve themselves in the story not knowing the other is also on the scene. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Roy WD
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 3 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 15 months ago by Andrew F
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 16 months ago by S. Phythian
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on
The Auntie Matter is an easy to follow, light-hearted and entertaining mid-era Tom Baker story with Romana II. Read more
Published 17 months ago by R. Le Quin
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 17 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 18 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 18 months ago by Paul Tapner
4.0 out of 5 stars What Ho, Doctor
(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. Read more
Published 18 months ago by T. P. Cross
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