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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery Of Bianca's
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Doctor Who: The Wormery.
Doctor: Sixth Doctor.
Companion: Iris Wildthyme.
Main enemy: Bianca, Psychic worms.
Main setting: Bianca's.
Writer: Paul Magrs, Stephen Cole.
Director: Gary Russell.
Release number: 51.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 125 minutes...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Wormery: The doctor diagnoses a snake in the glass
This is the fifty first release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six and guests Katy Manning as Iris Wildthyme. There are 4 episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery Of Bianca's, 16 July 2014
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This review is from: The Wormery (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Warning This Review Contains Spoilers.

Doctor Who: The Wormery.
Doctor: Sixth Doctor.
Companion: Iris Wildthyme.
Main enemy: Bianca, Psychic worms.
Main setting: Bianca's.
Writer: Paul Magrs, Stephen Cole.
Director: Gary Russell.
Release number: 51.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 125 minutes.

Cast.
The Doctor - Colin Baker.
Iris Wildthyme - Katy Manning.
Bianca - Maria McErlane.
Mickey - Jane MacFarlane.
Henry - Paul Clayton.
Allis & Ballis - James Campbell.
Heinrich - Jason Loborik.
Sturmer - Mark Donovan.
Psychic Worms - Gary Russell.
Mr. Ashcroft - Sylvester McCoy.

Trivia.
1)When asked what's so bad about getting drunk, the Doctor quotes his "good friend Douglas": "You ask a glass of water," a line from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
2)Paul Magrs revealed on the Iris Wildthyme website that Bianca is the final incarnation of Iris, and that the club itself is the remains of Iris' Tardis.
3)Along with The Sirens of Time, Zagreus, Project: Lazarus, Thicker than Water, The Four Doctors and The Light at the End, this is one of seven Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories in which both Colin Baker & Sylvester McCoy appear.
4)To date, this is the only appearance of Iris in the main range.
This Audio & Zagreus were released in the same month, the first time in Big Finish history that two main range releases were.
5)The Doctor refers to the second time that he was put on trial by the Time Lords. (TV: The Trial of a Time Lord).

Plot Synopsis.
The Sixth Doctor investigates the mysterious bar known only as "Bianca's". Getting in his way is his old friend Iris Wildthyme, but this time she has a rival for the Doctor's affections -- Bianca herself. With Iris getting drunk on Tequila, the Doctor must uncover Bianca's true identity & find out just who the voices are he & Iris keep hearing...

Timelord Thoughts.
Usually I'm not a fan of Paul Magrs writing of Doctor Who adventures yet here Magrs has collaborated with writer Stephen Cole & the overall result is pretty impressive.

The story is a intriguing one dealing with the future haunting the past, a druken Timelady Iris Wildthyme & the mysterious Bianca & her surreal club, the plot twists are very well done which also adds a touch of poignancy to the story.

Colin Baker & Katy Manning are perfect together & a excellent match up, Colin Baker really delivers a fully rounded performance as the Sixth Doctor here while Katy Manning performs a druken Iris Wildthyme wonderfully well & sounds nothing like her Jo Grant character of Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor era as her interaction with the Sixth Doctor gels together far better than with the Fifth Doctor in Excelis Dawn as Magrs & Cole deliver plenty of twists & turns that thrill & surprise.

Theres plenty of intriguing moments & the story bulids pace superbly while the reveal of Mr Ashcroft being the Seventh Doctor was a pleasant & shocking surprise.

Overall, The Wormery is a solid compact Sixth Doctor audio adventure that features great characters, plenty of twists & turns, a intriguing script that makes this story well worth a listen.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Wormery: The doctor diagnoses a snake in the glass, 22 Jan 2013
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This is the fifty first release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six and guests Katy Manning as Iris Wildthyme. There are 4 episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

Travelling alone after the events of Trial of a Time Lord, Six is looking for somewhere where he can relax for a bit, recover from his ordeal and reflect a little on the events. He winds up at Bianca's, a cabaret in 1930's Berlin. But his relaxation is soon shattered by the arrival of Iris Wildthyme, an old acquaintance of the Doctor's. There is something afoot, and it is not what you might expect in 1930's Berlin.

Released seemingly as a bit of light relief after the dark, marathon and complicated heavy going epic that was Zagreus, this is a real curate's egg of a story that has bits that work exceedingly well and bits that really don't.

The bits that work well are the framing device, the story unfolds as a series of tape recordings being played by one of the characters to a mysterious visitor, years after the events. Secondly is the idea of a broodier Six, with some of the bombast and ego knocked out of him and now with an edge of doubt and weariness. Colin Baker really does a superb job of portraying this slightly altered character, so affected by the confrontation with the Valyard.

The bits that don't work well are Iris Wildthyme (a shame, as the story revolves around her quite a lot) with her OTT drunken Northern lass persona. Katy Manning plays it well, but it's a badly conceived idea and doesn't really fit in well. I can see it's intended as light relief, but it annoys rather than amuses, and distracts from the exploration of Six's subdued personality. And the basic plot is not very interesting, the final twist being one that we have seen before, and not very long ago in terms of the Doctor's timeline. It lurches from feeling unoriginal to clunky and under explained.

All in all three stars for this story. Top marks for Baker and his new characterisation for Six, but the story is not worthy of his performance, and Iris is a real annoyance.
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2.0 out of 5 stars come to the cabaret, 16 Aug 2007
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Another audio adventure for the sixth doctor who. This time, travelling on his post the tv story trial of a time lord, a careworn doctor has come to a bar in 1930's berlin, run by an old friend of his. But he finds she has a few problems of her own.

The tale is told in flashback, by one of the supporting cast in framing scenes set many years later. The doctor's old friend is iris wildthyme, a time lady played by katy manning who played the third doctor's companion jo onscreen. She plays Iris as a larger than life northern lady complete with a very strong accent in the 'eecky thoomp' style.

You'll either love or hate the iris character, and much of whether you like this one or not will hinge on that. personally I got tired of her after one book appearance, so this didn't desperately appeal. And the plot of this story is distinctily underwhelming. There are attempts at humour that are very strained, two underwhelming cliffhangers, and a plot that never really gets going till the last episode. And even then it's slightly familiar from one of the tv stories. This episode is a lot better than the preceding three, and there's a nice little twist in the final scene. Colin Baker plays the careworn doctor very well, but on the whole this is a rather underwhelming release and not desperately interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slippery customer, 12 Mar 2009
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There's one place in creation where the truth really can be found in the bottom of a glass: Bianca's, a very special and very exclusive little club.
The Doctor, careworn and seeking quiet distraction, gains admission. But his rest and relaxation is soon shattered by the wobbly arrival of louche trans-temporal adventuress Iris Wildthyme. She claims she's on a secret mission of vital importance, the success of which hinges on her getting paralytic. When she's drunk, she can hear the whispering voices in her head!
The Doctor soon learns that Bianca's airs and graces cover not just one malevolent power lurking in the shadows, but several. And a wriggling, writhing presence has designs on the clientele just as Bianca herself has designs on the Doctor. At last, after so many centuries, the weary Time Lord is dragged by the heels into that darkest of undiscovered countries - love.
Colin Baker is at his best here and Iris Wildthyme (Katy Manning) is a great foil for him. Highly recommended.
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