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4.0 out of 5 stars Return to the City of Death, 3 Nov 2010
This review is from: Doctor Who: Demon Quest: Demon of Paris v. 2 (Audio CD)
One of Tom Baker's best televised stories was City Of Death, which was set and filmed in Paris. So having his Doctor have another adventure set in the French capital will immediately invite comparison with that classic story. Thankfully, it doesn't try to copy that classic in any way and it generates an excellent atmosphere that really immerses the listener in the setting of Paris in the 18th century through excellent sound effects, music and (mostly)convincing french accents. Having myself a real fondness for Paris and having been to many of the locations used in this story, I found myself warming to this tale much more than the previous installment in this saga, The Relics of Time, which I found a bit underwhelming. The tone is decidedly more sombre and chilling, not surprising given it's subject matter is a demonic killer on the loose, Jack-the Ripper style, and also more adult with it's depictions of the Moulin Rouge, and Toulouse Le Trec with his fondness for absinthe. It's probably the most adult and serious of all the recent Tom Baker audios, although wether it really feels like proper Dr Who is debatable. Tom Baker is on great form again, although we don't hear as much of him this time around as the narration is done by Susan Jameson's Mrs Wibbsey, but she makes a fine job of it.
Overall, The Demon Of Paris is a great improvement over the first episode, it's a little grim with not much of the traditional sci-fi trappings of most classic Dr Who stories, but it's an absorbing listen with a good atmosphere and good period feel.
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Initial post: 15 Nov 2010 11:49:54 GMT
Nice review, I liked this a lot more than the first episode.
I was going to write a review but I think you've done it for me.
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