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Demons, storytellers, the Doctor and Mike Yates
on 21 September 2011
This is the third in the Demon Quest audio cd series, which utilises the wondrous Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor. Tom is, as usual, in fine form, declaiming his script with great gusto. The puns are terrible, but they make you laugh.
Mike Yates is travelling with the Doctor in this story, as they try to discover who is manipulating the Doctor by stealing part of his Tardis console and then leaving strange clues for him to follow. In this instance, Mike and the Doctor have appeared in illustrations of a story book written by Albert Tiermann, who they meet up with as he travels across the Murgin Pass in a blizzard to attend the King. Albert is a driven soul, who must tell stories to the `mad' King on pain of death for failure, and he is a nervous wreck as he feels his inspiration leaving him. But does he have a mysterious ally? And how is he, and his life, linked to the Doctor and Mike, and the book of stories that he writes in his own future? How far will Albert go to save his own life?
This story does not add a whole lot to the Doctor's understanding of what's going on or why he's being manipulated in this manner; but it does set us up well for the remaining stories. The ending leaves the remainder of the story wide open, and we are anticipating that the Tardis crew will end up in New York in the next episode. What will they find there? Great stuff.