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A real Circus of Delights!,
This review is from: "Doctor Who": Hornets' Nest: Circus of Doom v. 3 (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
The third installment of the Hornet's Nest saga sees events take a much darker and serious tone, as the Doctor finds himself involved in a very sinister and dark tale, revolving around a macabre circus in rural england in the early part of the 19th century. (what a wonderful setting, for a fantastically gothic and creepy Doctor Who story). Appropriately, Tom Baker is more restrained and serious sounding this time around, but still gives a committed and enthusiastic performance, often reminiscent of his early Phlip Hinchcliffe-produced seasons and his sonorous tones have never sounded more perfectly suited to the material. He really brings the macabre story to life and there are several moments, thanks to Baker's reading, that are positively chilling. Writer Paul Margs certainly has a love for the bizarre and creepy, and The Circus of Doom is easily the darkest and most chilling of the Hornest Nest saga so far. He also knows how to write a good Doctor Who story, and this certainly has 'classic Doctor Who' written all over it. Sadly, Richard Franklin's Mike Yates is again virtually none- existant, but it's clear by now that the final episode will be the one where he's given more to do, but he's still great with the little material he's given. The sound effects and music are also top-rate, adding greatly to the story's overall atmosphere. The balance between spoken narration and audio drama is, again, about 50/50 and the guest performers are very well played.
The Hornet's Nest saga is now in full swing, and is consistently improving on itself, delivering some excellent drama, an intriguing and gripping storyline with some horrific imagery and best of all, Tom Baker, now fully back in character and proving just why he is the best Doctor of all time. I personally cannot wait for the next chapter, which, Tom assures us, has 'A Sting in the Tail!".