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5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor and the Collector, 25 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: The Renaissance Man (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Second in the new series of Doctor Who audio plays featuring Tom Baker as the Doctor and Louise Jameson as his companion Leela.

This one stands pretty much on it's own and can be listened to by any casual listeners without you needing to hear any other stories in order to understand it.

It runs for two episodes of roughly twenty eight minutes each [approx] and is complete on a single cd.

The story sees the Doctor trying to continue Leela's education [a linking theme for this run of stories] by taking her to visit a famous museum that has a history of the human race. But the TARDIS instead seems to have brought them to a sleepy English village.

They meet an eccentric local resident.

And then Harcourt. Owner of the local manor house and a collector. Of many things.

People then start to die. And suddenly life in the village gets very strange.

Can the Doctor work out what is going on and save the day?

As with the first in this run the sound design and the music are very good indeed and do really recreate the feel of the Tom Baker era on tv very well.

This is also quite a clever script. It might just have worked on tv at the time. Strange things do happen throughout the first part, and then the ending to part one does seemingly explain what is going on.

But part two then goes in rather unexpected directions. It all comes together very well though, in a final confrontation with the villain of the piece where the Doctor saves the day in a manner that is both utterly non violent and really very clever. And there's a strong moral message to the story as well, which has an influence on this.

The supporting cast are all given challenging roles that allow them to stretch themselves, and Ian McNeice is very good indeed as Harcourt, being a strong foil for Tom Baker's Doctor.

A few bits of the Doctor's dialogue are very funny and delivered superbly by Tom Baker. Leela gets one laugh out loud moment as well in part two, thanks to a clever bit of verbal misunderstanding.

This one may benefit from repeat listenings, because there is a lot going on, but you would possibly discover something new each time. And that always makes it worthwhile.

What appeared in part one to be an above average story becomes a really good on in part two, and one that is well worth a listen.

There's a trailer for the next release in this range on the track right after the end of part two.

And roughly fourteen minutes of entertaining interviews with cast and crew after that. Well worth a listen, especially for an excellent analysis of the script from Louise Jameson.
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Initial post: 30 Oct 2013 21:35:23 GMT
Another review i did yesterday are we telepathic?, Well written review & stuctured mate.
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