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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Humoured Fun Filled Adventure, 31 Jan. 2015
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Doctor Who: The English Way Of Death (Audio).
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Romana II, K-9
Main enemy: Zodaal
Main setting: London, 1930s
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Gareth Roberts, adapted by John Dorney
Director: Nicholas Briggs
Release number: 4
4 - Episodes
Running Time 120 Minutes.

The Doctor - Tom Baker
Romana - Lalla Ward
K9, Zodaal - John Leeson
Stackhouse - Terrence Hardiman
Orlick - Derek Carlyle
Percy Closed - Richard Braine
Felicia - Abigail McKern
Julia - Annabel Mullion
Porteus - Mark Bonnar
Colonel Radlett - Tim Bentinck
Woodrow - Andrew Bone
Harriet - Jane Slavin

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The Doctor, Romana & K-9 arrive in 1930s London to return some overdue library books & plan to take a rest after their recent adventures, but Romana detects a distress signal from the future & the Doctor is attacked by a suffocating green mist.

What connects the isolated Sussex resort of Nutchurch with the secret society run by the eccentric Percy Closed? Why has millionaire Hepworth Stackhouse dismissed his staff & hired assassin Julia Orlostro? & what is the truth behind the infernal vapour known only as Zodaal?

Timelord Thoughts.
'The English Way Of Death' is the fourth release in Big Finishes novel range of audio adaptions which sees our time travelling trio thrown into another tense & gripping atmospheric adventure set in 1930's London & features cannibalistic green alien mist & possessed zombies, where nobody is quite what they appear & as the Doctor soon discovers nobody can be trusted.

Writer John Dorney has once again weaved his writing magic & faithfully adapted author Gareth Roberts novel brilliantly that once again captures the tone of season 17 combined with some darker chilling moments that could be lifted straight from of a Robert Holmes adventure, this story mixes together elements of Agatha Christie' s Poirot & a PG Woodhouse novel combined with some neat humourous touches plus a good dollap of horror hokum that features it's victim's being possessed & turned into zombies via a strange green alien mist.

Tom Baker gives a superb charming performance as the Fourth Doctor here & dominates every single scene he appears in who is so bonkers but brilliant in his majestic delivery & gets to dish out some superb humourous lines of dialogue & cleverly written one liners that only Tom Baker's scatterbrained Fourth Doctor could say.

Lalla Ward reprises her character of Romana who delivers her incarnations wry & sarcastic wit but does seem to at times overact & ham things up particularly when her character starts the ball rolling with her investigation as Romana is given far more to do in this audio adaption than the novel & is also separated for a fair chunk of this story away from the Doctor & makes for some shocking discovers together with K-9 who is brilliantly brought to life by John Leeson who somehow manages to give the robot dog a soul.

Guest actor's on this release include Tim Bentinck's superb performance as blustery explorer Colonel Radlett to Richard Braine's clueless Gallifreyan retiree Percy Closed who can be a trifle bit annoying as his character feels a little cliche written at times.

Overall, 'The English Way of Death' is another excellent adaption by writer John Dorney of Gareth Roberts original novel & is a creepy enjoyable Fourth Doctor audio adventure that contains some wonderful moments of dark humour & great production values by Big Finish &is a story to curl up to on the sofa & listen too with the lights off in the dark as this is yet another highly recommended purchase for fan's of the Fourth Doctor era.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cream teas and zombies, 22 April 2009
This review is from: English Way of Death (Doctor Who Missing Adventures) (Paperback)
The Doctor takes Romana to London in the 1930s to return some overdue library books, but once there Romana finds traces of time technology in use. A group of elderly people from the future have established themselves in the 1930s for some reason, whilst a mysterious green gas is infiltrating London, killing people then bringing them back as zombies...

As with Roberts' previous Missing Adventure The Romance of Crime, this novel captures the essence of Season 17 from the classic series to a tee and concocts a vivd tale that put would stand up well against some of the stories from that era.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An ok story., 6 Jan. 2014
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I am not a particular fan of Gareth Robert's writing although I liked his novelization of Shada and will probably enjoy City of Death but I don't think this book is great, which is a shame because it features one of y favorite Doctor's and Companion's. Still, it's better than The Romance of Crime.
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