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Aliens in Hexford,
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This review is from: Doctor Who Serpent Crest 4: The Hexford Invasion (Audio CD)
Fourth cd in the Doctor Who: Serpent Crest series of audio dramas from the bbc, which feature Tom Baker returning to the role of the Doctor.
As with others this is one long episode on a single cd - running fifty six minutes [approx] and the only breaks in it are the usual cd chapter ones. Minimal sleeve notes on the inlay give cast and crew and copyright details, and have a mock up of a radio times listing for the story plus a few other images that may have a bearing on it.
This one picks up from where part three finished, with the Doctor having gone off on an errand and left his housekeeper Mrs. Wibbsey behind in the village of Hexford. There's no reprise of the story so far at the start but it might still be quite easy for new listeners to get into it. Although you would probably be better off starting with part one.
This is full cast audio drama rather than a reading, although it does have the occasional spot of narration, in this case from Susan Jameson in the Mrs. Wibbsey role. The opening bit of this is very good because it describes how her life passes waiting for the Doctor to return and captures the feeling of being a woman on her own in a village with twitching curtains and possibly suspicious neighbours.
Then UNIT turn up, with Mike Yates in charge. And a very special visitor along with him.
You will doubtless know who the visitor is before you read this review, but even so.....
David Troughton is superb in the role, capturing the vocal mannerisms of the character perfectly. And it helps that the character is also perfectly written.
He is there to warn about imminent danger approaching Hexford. But will the locals listen?
And when the Fourth Doctor returns, he and the visitor might just find themselves at cross purposes.
Far and away the best in this range yet. It succeeds by virtue of the visitor character giving it a great lift, and the script keeping his intentions an engima for a lot of the time. This makes it quite a delightful listen. And the Fourth Doctor is added at just the right point to take the whole thing up to the next level.
A convincing tale as well of what it might be like for a small community to come up against things beyond their comprehension, this is very much the first half of a two parter, and thus it ends on a very big cliffhanger. Which is resolved in Doctor Who: Serpent Crest: Survivors in Space: 5 (Dr Who). Which, if it can match the quality of this, should be well worth a listen.