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- Listening Length: 57 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Sept. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0041LMP6Q
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Doctor Who: Demon Quest 1 - The Relics of Time Audiobook – Unabridged
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The idea that Mrs Wibbsey exchanged a vital component of the Tardis for some old documents entirely by accident seemed to stretch the listeners credulity, and the story that followed didn't entirely make sense. There were a lot of loose ends, presumably answered in the remaining four episodes (perhaps if this audio CD had shipped with all five episodes sold as a package, it would have worked better). On it's own, this story felt more like chapter one than a completed story in its own right, and I didn't really get interested enough to be inspired to purchase the other parts.
Fresh off the success of the Hornets' Nest audio series, Tom reprises the role (along with his hat and scarf) once again for another five-part audio series called Demon Quest. In tow is Susan Jameson reprising her role as Mrs Wibbsey (the Doctor's Housekeeper!) as the Time Lord's companion from Hornets' Nest, and the whole arc is written by the same man, Paul Magrs.
Set one year after the conclusion of Hornets' Nest, the Doctor returns to Nest Cottage to see how Mrs Wibbsey is adapting to her new life. Unfortunately, whilst the Fourth Doctor is rebuilding the TARDIS, Mrs Wibbsey accidentally sells a key component at the jumble sale! But upon investigation, its revealed that the purchaser traded the TARDIS part for a bag containing four mysterious items, which leads the Doctor and his companion on a travel to Ancient Britain, shortly before Emperor Claudius' invasion, and find themselves caught in-between a war of opposing tribes.
The Relics of Time is an enjoyable audio play. Tom Baker, a natural voiceover, settles in comfortably to the role once again. He narrates the events with great charm and sophistication, bringing life to the character of HIS Doctor, which remains the stuff of legend. You can visualise this chapter of Demon Quest as though you were watching an original episode of the old series.Read more ›
With The Doctor and Wibbsey on the case of an Emperor Claudius impersonator, and about to arrive at the famed Moulin Rouge theatre, things are poised perfectly and I can't wait for part 2 to arrive..!
With these atmospheric opening lines, Tom Baker kicks off his second series of five linked audio adventures reprising his most famous role, and a rather more successful job it is than its predecessor Hornet's Nest. It's still not a fully dramatised story, though there are supporting players when called for, but gone is the awkward narrative device of the Doctor telling Mike Yates the story in favour of simply addressing the listener direct, which is much more effective and allows for some rather more convincing purple prose. The trigger for the series isn't altogether convincing, with the Doctor's housekeeper inadvertently including a vital component of the TARDIS to a church jumble sale, effectively exiling him to Earth but still able to travel in time, which comes in handy when he finds he's the subject of a mysterious and atypical Celtic mural dating back to the second Roman invasion of Britain - a period he'd never actually visited. Well, not with this face and body...
The story may not be as good as Baker's glory days, but it's certainly no worse than a couple of his latter ones and, even if there is an element of a nostalgia trip to it (it's telling the Doctor's companion is middle-aged as per those who were children when they saw the Baker stories), it mostly works rather well. Unlike Hornet's Nest opener Stuff of Nightmares, it doesn't feel quite so obviously like it's simply a setup for the next four stories, but it does have the problem of leaving you not so much with a cliffhanger as a sense of "Is that the best end they could come up with?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Now, it's rare to find a Who fan that isn't always happy when Tom Baker returns to the character, and no matter how much he chews the scenery (imaginary or otherwise) it's always a... Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2012 by Mr Ghostface
Firstly, part of the reason I didn't like this is entirely my fault for not reading the product description properly and realising that this is part of a series so the story is not... Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2012 by Lilly Penhaligon
So having been sent this some time ago to review, I finally got round to listening to it. In a nutshell, The Doctor is (for some reason) resting in his cottage with his... Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2012 by Greg
After finding Hornets' Nest a disappointment, I was quite concerned about Demon Quest. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2011 by David Shaw
After the slightly messy entertainment of Hornet's Nest which couldn't ever quite decide if it was an audiobook reading or a play, Paul Magrs is back with -- more of the same. Read morePublished on 20 Oct. 2011 by Stuart Burns
I didnt realise that this was a continuing story, so when it reached the end of the disc I was very dissappointed that the story hadnt concluded. Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2011 by 70s
The Doctor gets domestic in the first part of this five-part story, showing up at his country cottage and inflicting all the otherworldly clutter from a Tardis repair job on... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2011 by J. A. Eyers
Following the wonderful Hornet's Nest series of audio adventures read by Tom Baker, reprising his role as the Fourth Doctor, this is the first of a new series, Demon Quest. Read morePublished on 22 July 2011 by Keen Reader
The Relics of Time is a new Dr Who adventure staring the wonderful Tom Baker and Susan Jameson.
It begins 3 days before Christmas when the Doctor arrives back on Earth... Read more