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4.0 out of 5 stars Masterly Good Audio Adventure, 18 Jun 2014
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Trail of the White Worm (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Trail Of The White Worm.
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Leela.
Main enemy: The Master.
Main setting: Dark Peak, Derbyshire, 1979.
Writer: Alan Barnes.
Director: Nicholas Briggs.
Format: 1xCD - part 1 of 2.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Tom Baker.
Leela - Louise Jameson.
The Master - Geoffrey Beevers.
Colonel Spindleton - Michael Cochrane.
Demesne Furze - Rachael Stirling.

Trivia.
1)Demesne Furze is able to smell the Time Vortex off the Doctor. She transforms herself into the Great White Worm.
2)As "Mwalimu" is the Swalihi word for "master" or "teacher", the Doctor determines that Spindleton's Mwalimu is his fellow renegade Time Lord, the Master. He tells John that the Master is "a vengeance fixated sociopath with megalomaniacal tendencies."
3)The Doctor is ingested by the Great White Worm and finds that Leela is already in its stomach. The Doctor tells her that an engineered, quasi-organic alien entity.
4)The Doctor gives Leela a message to "UNIT, Doctor, TARDIS, Master, Zygons, Krynoids, Axons too" in the hope of attracting the attention of his good friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
5)The Master has a device which allows him to control the weather. He destroys the Great White Worm using lightning.
6)This is the first Big Finish audio drama to feature the Master since Audio: Master in October 2003.
7)This is the first Fourth Doctor story in performed Doctor Who to feature the Master since TV: Logopolis in 1981.
8)The Master stays true to form and initially adopts an alias. In this case, it is "Mwalimu," which is Swahili for "teacher" or "master."
9)This story leads directly into Audio: The Oseidon Adventure.
10)The Doctor notes that the Master has a slightly less "putrescent" appearance than when they last met on Gallifrey. This can most likely attributed to his own theory that the Master was able convert the energy from the Eye of Harmony and effectively heal himself, albeit partially. (Tv: The Deadly Assassin).
11)The version of the Master that Beevers plays has an emaciated, corpse-like appearance. This was first seen in The Deadly Assassin, although in that story, the Master was played by Peter Pratt.
12)For the Doctor and the Master, Trail of the White Worm takes place between The Deadly Assassin and The Keeper of Traken.
13)Rachael Stirling is the Daughter of Diana Rigg & featured with her mum in the series 7 tv adventure The Crimson Horror.

Plot Synopsis.
The legend dates back to Roman times, at least: the great White Worm, as wide as a man, slithers out of the rocks of the Dark Peak Gap to take animals, sometimes even children, for its food supply.

When the Fourth Doctor & Leela arrive in Derbyshire the time travellers get caught up in the hunt for a missing girl, they soon discover that that the legend of the Worm is very much alive — even now, in 1979.

It seems that the Doctor isn't the only renegade Time Lord on the trail of the deadly mysterious Worm as the Doctor's deadliest enemy the Master has his own sinister agenda for seeking out the White Worm...

Timelord Thoughts.
To be honest I didn't think much of this adventure on first listen but upon hearing it again together with The Oseidon Adventure I realized this is actually a little gem of a story by Big Finish script editor Alan Barnes who has written both this story & it's conclusion & series finale The Oseidon Adventure.

Tom Baker has been superb in this first series of audio adventures delivering quality performances as the Fourth Doctor throughout the run of storys sharing a great chemistry with Louise Jameson as Leela who both delivered a great teacher/student relationship something that was originally intended for tv but never expanded upon.

Geoffrey Beevers sinister vocal tones brings to life the Master which are chilling sounding at times very much like the late Vincent Price, The Master in this current emaciated form is far more evil advisory than when he's in a suitable new stolen body.

Rachael Sterling gives a excellent performance as the mysterious Demesne Furzewith a character thats hiding a secret of her own as actress Rachael Stirling gives her role a more to her than meets the eye scenario thats intriguing to piece together for the listener.

Trail Of The White Worm is a great paced adventure written by Alan Barnes & features a fantastic turn by Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor & the cast while the final few scenes of this adventure is where it finally comes to life & seems to suggest a UNIT adventure is set for the climax to this season as it ends on a tense cliffhanger that concludes with The Oseidon Adventure.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trail of the White Worm, 14 Oct 2013
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This is a new audio story featuring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor and Louise Jameson as Leela. These are a great pairing and I love the back and forth between the Doctor and Leela, who gives as good as she gets and was always a great companion.

In this story they find themselves on Earth, caught up in the doings of a small village where some are looking for a girl who appears to have gone missing. There is great fear of a `you know what' but the Doctor assures them they have more to fear from `something or other' instead. It doesn't take them long to work out what that `something or other' might be.

There is a mad Colonel with a tank, and mysterious goings on in the quiet village, which is great to pit against the Doctor's madcap but deadly serious behaviour and Leela as the woman of action. The only quibble I have with this story is that it is, again a two part story on one cd. And that it finishes on a cliffhanger so you are compelled, if you want to know what happens next to get The Oseidon Adventure which is another two parter on one cd. Would be better if the two cds were marketed as one story of four parts, surely, like almost all the other Big Finish adventures!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Era-beating story, 25 Jun 2013
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Having not greatly enjoyed this first season and skipped to the second, having just finished 2.6 The Dalek Contract, I was pleasantly surprised at how good this story was. The whole first season fits slightly awkwardly into the Doctor Who canon because the levels of humour were really post-Leela, but ignoring that point which one should have become accustomed to after the first three stories, what one is left with is one of the better Fourth Doctor Adventures of the first two seasons.

It succeeds perfectly in the audio medium because it is rich with character voices, has dialogue every bit as good, if not better than the era(s) it is based on, and a great plot. It brings in/"back" the post-"The Deadly Assassin" Master and he is absolutely superb thanks to good writing and a great performance by The Master himself at the time, Geoffrey Beevers. A very comical snooty-major role is played brilliantly by Michael Cochrane almost in John Cleese style.

I was happy to relisten to some segments as they were genuinely funny. Leela too, is well written and performed.

In many respects, the Doctor, Leela and the Master are better than they were at the time, because the writing has a more mature feel about it than the comedic season 15 style we had at the time.

For me a first rate audio, that is simple to listen to, fun, with one or two thought provoking ideas for the sci-fi ethos that I had not previously considered.

It ends on a cliff-hanger, which un-like the later story 2.2 The Sands of Life, is very welcome as I genuinely want this story to continue.

Finally, as intriguing as the story is, I am just happy to listen to the characters. So for me, this is a win-win story and one of the best single-disc releases for a long time. On a relisten I will skip some of the previous and later fourth Doctor Adventures, but this will be one of the key re-listens along with 2.1 The Auntie Matter and 2.4 The Justice of Jalxar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beneath the peaks, 18 Jun 2012
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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Latest Doctor Who audio story in the current run that feature Tom Baker as the Doctor and Louise Jameson as his companion Leela.

This is the fifth in a series, but it does stand entirely on it's own. Thus casual listeners would be able to get into without having heard the earlier ones.

It's complete on one cd, and runs for two episodes of just over twenty five minutes in length [approx].

This one is the first of a two part story, though, and it ends on a cliffhanger which leads into the next one Oseidon Adventure, The (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures).

The story sees the Doctor and Leela visit Derbyshire in 1979. In an area that has a legend about a great white worm that comes our out of the rocks and eats animals. And occasionally humans.

Quickly caught up in a manhunt, the time travellers soon find bigger things are going on here. For an old enemy of the Doctor's is also in the area. They are hunting the worm as well. And the stakes are suddenly much higher....

As with all the other stories in this run the two leads are great and some of their dialogue is absolutely superb. The recreation of the style of Doctor Who at the time is as well, thanks to good music and sound design. And there are some nice little touches to create the period which should bring a smile to the face of anyone who lived through the 1970's.

This story is a rather odd mix of styles, though, and never the out and out horror one that the cover and the description might imply. The first episode, after a great start, does rather get sidetracked with a long introduction for an eccentric supporting character that does come close to getting a bit silly.

Yet there are twists and turns galore here and the story will constantly surprise you as it goes along.

The old enemy [no spoilers but anyone not wanting to know should avoid looking at the cover of the box and the cast list on the back] is played by the original actor, and they do a superb job of returning to a part they first played decades before.

As mentioned this is the start of a longer story, and that means it ends on a big cliffhanger and you will need to hear the the next release in this run to find what happens next.

So this isn't quite perfect and not the best of this run so far but there's still a lot to like about it and it's well worth a listen.

The trailer for the aforementioned next story can be found on track on the cd right after the end of part two.

And fifteen minutes [approx] of interviews with cast and crew are on the tracks after that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trail of the white worm, 26 Jan 2013
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A great story, which features some many classic moments that featured throughout Tom bakers era as the doctor
A brilliant story, which features the return of the master, as played by Geoffrey beavers. He is great in the story, but he is only used minimal throughout the story, which is how I think the master is best played.
Tom baked and louise Jameson are brilliant in this story, it is really like being back in 1977 all over again.
I would recommended this to all doctor who fans. To fans of the classic series and also fans of the new series. Buy this audio and enjoy a great story
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