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Fourth cd in the Doctor Who: Serpent Crest series of audio dramas from the bbc, which feature Tom Baker returning to the role of the Doctor.

As with others this is one long episode on a single cd - running fifty six minutes [approx] and the only breaks in it are the usual cd chapter ones. Minimal sleeve notes on the inlay give cast and crew and copyright details, and have a mock up of a radio times listing for the story plus a few other images that may have a bearing on it.

This one picks up from where part three finished, with the Doctor having gone off on an errand and left his housekeeper Mrs. Wibbsey behind in the village of Hexford. There's no reprise of the story so far at the start but it might still be quite easy for new listeners to get into it. Although you would probably be better off starting with part one.

This is full cast audio drama rather than a reading, although it does have the occasional spot of narration, in this case from Susan Jameson in the Mrs. Wibbsey role. The opening bit of this is very good because it describes how her life passes waiting for the Doctor to return and captures the feeling of being a woman on her own in a village with twitching curtains and possibly suspicious neighbours.

Then UNIT turn up, with Mike Yates in charge. And a very special visitor along with him.

You will doubtless know who the visitor is before you read this review, but even so.....

David Troughton is superb in the role, capturing the vocal mannerisms of the character perfectly. And it helps that the character is also perfectly written.

He is there to warn about imminent danger approaching Hexford. But will the locals listen?

And when the Fourth Doctor returns, he and the visitor might just find themselves at cross purposes.

Far and away the best in this range yet. It succeeds by virtue of the visitor character giving it a great lift, and the script keeping his intentions an engima for a lot of the time. This makes it quite a delightful listen. And the Fourth Doctor is added at just the right point to take the whole thing up to the next level.

A convincing tale as well of what it might be like for a small community to come up against things beyond their comprehension, this is very much the first half of a two parter, and thus it ends on a very big cliffhanger. Which is resolved in Doctor Who: Serpent Crest: Survivors in Space: 5 (Dr Who). Which, if it can match the quality of this, should be well worth a listen.
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Okay, I have to admit I loved this cd! This is the fourth part of the five part Serpent Crest series - in this story, Mrs Wibbsey is pretty much on her own, looking after things at Nest Cottage after the Doctor popped off to take Alex and Boolin home. Nine months later, she's getting a bit fed up - and finds herself obsessing about her new neighbour who seems to have a thing for bees, somethings Mrs W's not keen on.

So when Mike Yates, UNIT soldiers and a mysterious (or is he?) stranger turn up at Nest Cottage, things seem at least be changing. But what exactly is going on? Why is this stranger (who Mike insists is not really a stranger) delving around in the Doctor's belongings, and what's his game really? Why does Mrs Wibbsey find him suspicious? And what is everybody waiting for? What have UNIT been investigating, and why?

Much of the narration in the story, and a lot of the action, is that of Mrs Wibbsey - Susan Jameson is in top form here as Mrs Wibbsey, and it's nice to have Mike Yates back. The Fourth Doctor ("her Doctor", as Mrs Wibbsey says") returns towards the end of the episode and that's when things get really out of hand ... but what does it mean for Hexford, the Doctor, and Earth? Well, that's what we have to wait till episode five to find out, I guess! Can't wait!
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Released in 2011, this is the fourth part of a set of 5 interlinked stories featuring many people’s favourite doctor, the 4th incarnation as portrayed by Tom Baker. It is the third and final such series to be produced by the BBC before Tom finally agreed to work with Big Finish. It’s one episode, about an hour long on a single disc.

Followingthe somewhat lacklustre episode 3, this is where the Serpent Crest picks up and really starts to fly. The episode opens in a slightly disconcerting way, and leads us down the garden path a little as to the nature of the threat. Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey largely narrates the story, and it is interesting to see life through her eyes. Tom Baker makes only fleeting appearances as the Doctor, it is David Troughton as the mysterious visitor who makes the biggest impression here. His appearance is a delightful moment and a real fan pleaser.

It’s a tense and atmospheric piece, and with a great new character in the form of the visitor. It moves the ongoing story along nicely and sets up an interesting situation for the final episode. 5 stars.
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With Susan Jameson's crotchety housekeeper, the delightfully named Mrs Wibbsey on narrative duties here, this is definitely the strongest of the Serpent's Crest audio series to date. With the Fourth Doctor off on his travels, things in Hexham are pretty pedestrian, however the arrival of Mike Yates and UNIT, along with a strangely familiar yet mysterious figure in a shabby frock coat and playing a recorder, sees events take a very bizarre turn, and pretty soon Mrs Wibbsey has more to worry about than the attentions of the local vicar...
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on 13 December 2011
I really enjoyed this episode. There are many elements to maintain a Who fan's interest. I loved the setting, the pace, the plot and Tom's performance. Mrs Wibbsey as the narrator was a treat - a voice full of character. At times David Troughton sounded exactly like his father in the role of the second Doctor, but at times he didn't quite achieve it. Still, an impressive performance. In my opinion, the best episode of the three Magrs series so far, although it must be listened to along with the finale as they are really one story divided in two. A few more like this, please. A delight.
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on 26 January 2012
Really enjoyed this. I've felt that a few of these in the past few years have been a bit ropey, this is much better than hornet's nest, and I won't spoil it but the end of this one will make you wish you had part 5 in front of you..!
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