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The Magic Mousetrap (Doctor Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Matthew Sweet
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844354083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354085
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Something nasty in the wainscoting 3 Jun 2009
Who are the game players and why are they doomed to spend eternity repeating their actions? Who are the mysterious figures in the attic? Why is The Doctor on his way to an exclusive sanatorium in the Swiss Alps? And where are Ace and Hex?
All these questions and more are thrown up as the latest Doctor Who audio from Big Finish opens in enigmatic and puzzling fashion. Matthew Sweet (Doctor Who: The Year of the Pig, Bernice Summerfield: The Diet of Worms) has crafted a complex and creepy tale set in 1926, where in-between grisly EST sessions, the patients of the intriguingly named Dr Ludo Comfort play endless parlour games such as Snap! And musical chairs. Meanwhile, The Doctor struggles to remember why he is there, and it seems like this time the morally ambiguous Seventh incarnation of the Time Lord is a pawn, rather than the Grandmaster...

With an eerie gramophone musical accompaniment to the games being played; a raft of intriguing characters - from faded Music Hall stand-ups Harry and Herbert Randall, to Lola Luna, cabaret artiste extraordinaire - and the return of one of The Doctor's oldest and deadliest opponents; The Magic Mousetrap is both cosily familiar and utterly disquieting by turns; reminding me at times of the equally brilliant Eighth Doctor story `Chimes of Midnight'. Despite the odd dodgy `Allo Allo' accent, the story is both accessible and highly entertaining, and is one of the best Seventh Doctor audios for a long time.

As a bonus there is the first of a twelve-episode story entitled `The Three Companions Part 1'. It comes in place of the usual interviews, and is a welcome return for former companion of the Second Doctor, Polly Wright, and revolves around an internet chat between her and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart of UNIT.

Great audio package, and a worthy addition to your CD collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic! 3 Jan 2010
This is a everything that 'The Nightmare Fair' isn't. I compare the two because they both feature the same foe (who I shall not name), and unlike 'The Nightmare Fair' this is an outstanding return for him. Whereas 'The Nightmare Fair' is painfully straightforward and far too retro for its own good, this is complex. I genuinely did not have a clue what was going on for the first two episodes. The cliffhangers are good and in the second episode it is revealed that the tables are turned for this scheming Doctor and his companions as unlike them the Doctor is as 'in the dark' as the listener. For all these reasons this holds up well to repeat listenings.

Doctor Who is going from strength to strength on audio at the moment, surpassing the tv series. In fact comparing this story (and those that follow) to the Big Finish 'lost adventures' series of 80s tv scripts shows just how brilliant and inventive Big Finish have become. I particularly love the 7th doctor, Ace & Hex in the majority of their adventures and look forward to the imminent 7th doctor & Klein pairing. (Remember her from Colditz?)

Buy this, then buy 'Enemy of the Daleks' and 'The Angel of Scutari' to complete a wonderful and acclaimed trilogy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars doctor who? 14 May 2009
start of a run of three audio adventures for the seventh doctor and his companions ace and hex. Casual listeners can pick this one up without needing to have heard anything that came previously.

regular listeners will find the format is slightly different to usual.

there are four episodes spread over two discs. the final three do run slightly longer than the usual twenty five minutes.

there are only one lot of interviews with cast and crew, and they come at the end of disc one. these are some of the best they've ever done, thanks to the writer of the story acting as interviever and being very good at it, and they're well worth a listen.

and on the end of the second disc is a special bonus episode. more on that in a moment.

the main story here finds the doctor arriving at a sanatorium in switzerland in 1926. but he has no memory of who he is or how he got there. and yet he's driven by an insatiable desire to investigate and find out what's going on. this is all very well played by sylvester mccoy.

the residents of the sanatorium are keeping secrets. and someone is up to no good. can the doctor find what's going on? and where are ace and hex?

this story sees the return of an old enemy. and you can't say too much about it without giving spoilers. Mind you there are a lot of clues in the first two episodes and some fans should be able to work it out prior to the big reveal at the end of episode two.

Let's just say this is well worth a listen and one of the best seventh doctor audios, and one that you can come back to when you know the plot and always find something new.

all the supporting cast are very good, creating characters who are eccentrics but never going over the top in their portrayals.
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