- Audio CD
- Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (1 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781780544
- ISBN-13: 978-1781780541
- Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 14.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Auntie Matter (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Jan 2013
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I particularly loved this story because it combined the Doctor with another of my favourite literary genres, that of P G Wodehouse. The author of this story, Jonathan Morris is clearly a long-term fan of PGW, the evidence of which are the many references, both direct and indirect to the world invented by PGW. The characters of feckless Reggie, long-suffering Mabel, and Reggie's malovelent Aunt are mixed with the ongoing motifs of many of PGW's works - interfering aunts, marriage of the idle rich, the hardworking lower class and mix-ups of people and places in merry farce. Reggie is even a member of the Drones Club!
This story made me laugh out loud with the PGW references and madcap world that has been created around the Doctor Who story; and made me eagerly listen to see what happened next in the great Doctor Who story itself. A great mix of sci-fi and hilarity; totally definitely recommended.
The cast here, as well as being the usual BF top job, are all having a a ball with the material. Baker and Tamm are pitch perfect in recapturing their younger selves, have a more bickery relationship as opposed to the more equal partnership during the Lalla Ward days. He is wonderfully ebulliant while she is terrifically bossy and direct, and it's a joy. The rest of the cast is small but equally as fun, with special props to Julia McKenzie as the enjoyably diabolical 'Aunt', who feels like she popped right out of the Douglas Adams era, and is clearly having a riot as the villain.
BF's technical work is once again top notch, though much simpler as it's primarily the sounds of the country and old motorcars, but the real prize here is the script. John Morris continues to impress me as a Who writer, this time displaying himself as a very able comedy writer. It's often really, really funny and witty, and anyone who is a fan of the Adams era, or the likes of Woodhouse and Blackadder, will instantly be at home here with its humorous jab at the archetypical crust of historical English society and the upper class. And mix the abundant wit with the brisk pacing of a two-parter, and you have a short, sweet and loveable good time here.Read more ›
The xylophones and triangles make Howard Carter’s orchestral music sparkle. The effects are full and rich making the listener feel as if they were actually outside at times. A rather strange facet to the soundscape is how quite the henchman butler come android, ‘Diggery’, is. I believe they did this to give the illusion that he is some distance away, but it just makes him hard to hear at times. Ken Bentley’s direction is good overall, but he does seem to miss a few details. I think the demarcation between sequences isn’t always that good, but it’s a minor niggle. It’s good to hear Mary Tamm’s voice again. The smooth sophistication of her voice lends perfectly to a 1920s setting. The effects applied to Lady Florence’s haughty voice when disconnected from her power supply are different and amusing.Read more ›
If you hadn’t already surmised from the title, it soon becomes apparent with interfering aunts, odd butlers, marriage concerns and cross-class romantic entanglements, that this is Doctor Who meets PG Wodehouse. As the title suggests the story is concerned with a very Jeeves and Worcester theme, the machinations of a dreaded aunt. Reginald’s aunt, much like Worcester’s aunts, appears preoccupied with finding him a suitable wife. Unlike Aunt Agatha for instance, she intends to consume his prospective brides to maintain her physical form in a way reminiscent of Magnus Greel. The butler/valet character, Grenville, is similarly perverted. As opposed to Jeeves, he is loyal only to Reginald’s aunt and only assists Reginald when it suits the demands of Lady Bassett. A murderous, robotic Jeeves is a nice twist and his polite demands for people to co-operate when he kills them are quite amusing.
There is a clever symmetry throughout the play’s structure. Despite this being the first audio with Tom Baker and Mary Tamm together again and the first in a series, the Doctor and Romana spend most of the play apart, each believing that the other is busy when they go off on their own adventure. This allows for each of them to gain an honouree ‘companion’ for the duration of the story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good - these Dr Who audio stories are a great way to experience new adventures of Dr's past... brilliant listening.Published 8 months ago by Pete in UK
A nice undemanding two hander -in that Romana and the Doctor both involve themselves in the story not knowing the other is also on the scene. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2014 by Roy WD
This is the sort of story that can't be bettered. Excellent script, great performances, excellent production bears repeated listening.
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The first season of The Fourth Doctor Adventures, in which Tom Baker returned to his most famous role for the first time with Big Finish Productions, was one of the 'Doctor Who'... Read morePublished on 18 May 2013 by Andrew F
Mary Tamm is superb and will be sorely missed she is brilliant in this story! A witty and well-acted tale!Published on 14 April 2013 by S. Phythian
The Auntie Matter is an easy to follow, light-hearted and entertaining mid-era Tom Baker story with Romana II. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2013 by R. Le Quin
Tom Baker is my favourite of all the incarnation's of the Doctor, this story was a very pleasant listening and looking forward to the rest of the series. Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2013 by mark turner
This release is fantastic. I had never listened to the first season of fourth doctor adventures but i purchased this on a whim. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2013 by TARDIS Traveller