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This review is from: Doctor Who Hornets' Nest 1: The Stuff Of Nightmares (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
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As someone in their mid/late 30s Tom Baker is my Doctor Who, so given an opportunity to get hold of his return was something that I couldn't turn down. An advert is placed in the local rag that Mike Yates, a retired UNIT Captian, gets which seems to be either a joke or aimed directly at him. He follows the advert and discovers The Doctor living in a country house surrounded by stuffed animals. From here on we get a story about mind controlling hornets and stuffed animals coming back to life and causing chaos.
The cast is minimal to say the least Tom Baker is the Doctor and he is in fine form, it's a very easy listening piece of radio drama Richard Franklin is Mike Yates, an old aquaintance of the Doctor's and Daniel Hill is the nefarious Percy Noggins who has something to do with why the stuffed animals are being reanimated.
Whilst the story is okay, it's biggest problem is that it isn't really classic Doctor Who. We get a mention of the Sonic Screwdriver, but it fails to open a rusty padlock (what happened to the recent "it can open anything apart from a deadlocked seal?"), we hear a brief mention of the scarf that Tom Baker so famouly wore as the Doctor and there is no mention of the TARDIS at all. My kids listened to it and quiet enjoyed it, but it didn't ring of their modern Doctor Who bells (David Tennent is certainly their Doctor) and they didn't really see why it was called a Doctor Who story at all...my daughter suggested that it didn't really have anything to do with the Doctor, other than the main characters name!
It was a diverting 70 minutes of drama, but unfortunately it didn't draw me in enough to make me want to buy the second in the series. 5/10 rounded up to 3 stars.
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Initial post: 26 Mar 2010 01:27:17 GMT
I'm confused about the line "didn't mention the TARDIS", a major plot point is that the Doctor has cannibalised the TARDIS to provide the shields around the house, plus there's mention of him making side-trips in time to battle the new enemy, thus setting the scene for the remaining 4 episodes presumably to feature said side-trips in the TARDIS. I agree its not going to appeal to youngsters more used to Tennant and Eccleston, but I'm not sure an audio play is a good way to introduce the classic series anyway, hope your kids do get to like the older stuff on dvd as there's so much there for them to enjoy.
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