Doctor Who Demon Quest 5: Sepulchre Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"Sepulchre... is a much quieter and more intimate release than the four that it follows, yet it boasts every bit as much horror and spectacle... Tom Baker is as commanding as ever" (doctorwhoreviews.co.uk)
Tom Baker reprises the role of the Fourth Doctor in the thrilling climax of five brand new adventures, with Richard Franklin as Mike Yates and Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The Doctor, Mike Yates and Mrs Wibbsey are together again as they face their tormentor - for the final time? Tom Baker, Richard Franklin and Susan Jameson are in top form yet again in their characters, and the storyline leaves the listener feeling quite satisfied about the outcome of the story, and how we got there. As is always the way with the Doctor, nothing is ever quite as it seems.
We are left with the definite impression that all is not totally quiet on Christmas Eve at Nest Cottage by the end of the story; and that's a good thing for us, because it means that hopefully there are more stories on the way. And long may they continue.
This has been a disappointing series, you could probably listen to episodes one and five and get the story without missing anything important (and more importantly missing the painfully bad fourth episode). Sadly this final episode continues to fall a little flat as all the various plot strands are brought together and resolved. The tale is largely told by Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, once again largely sidelining the Doctor. When Tom does put in an appearance, his voice sounds a little ragged, lacking in the richness we have come to expect. It’s a dull lifeless thing, tying up the loose ends but not really doing much. I hope the next season of stories (The Serpent Crest) picks up a bit. It’s a pity, when Paul Magrs is on form (The Boy That Time Forgot for instance) he scales some real peaks. But this series has been pretty poor and badly realised. Not even my nostalgia at hearing ‘my’ Doctor’s voice again can lift it. 3 stars for this final episode.
Events took a major twist in the final moments of Starfall (part 4), where the Doctor's housekeeper Mrs Wibbsey was abducted by the Demon, a mysterious creature who has been assuming various guises throughout history, baiting the Time Lord with missing components to his TARDIS, and historical artefacts featuring his likeness.
But the question throughout has always been..."WHY?"
Why has the Demon gone to all this trouble to lure the Doctor? Why has he tried relentlessly to capture him? Just WHAT are his motives? And who IS he?! Rest assured, these questions are finally answered in Sepulchre. And the answers are most satisfactory indeed. The machinations of Demon Quest run deeper than listeners have been led to believe, which (again) speaks volumes of Magrs' ability to construct a story of this overall length and magnitude.
Sepulchre is certainly a different breed of chapter from other parts of Demon Quest. Obviously, previous instalments were executed in a much-more adventure-based format, so the final part had to be designed to tie up loose ends. But Sepulchre does provide more than just satisfying resolution. The revisiting of certain elements from Hornet's Nest is shocking and creative, and the dark music and tense sound effects will have you on the edge of the seat.
But I do have some issues with this final part. First, The Doctor and Mike Yates' quest to find Mrs Wibbsey is pretty much over right at the start, deflating Starfall's ending in no time at all.Read more ›
Well, it's like this... the plot, narrative, story-arc, call it what you will, is slender to the point of non-existence, and it makes the six-hour journey (12 if you pop Hornet's Nest on the mp3-player) somewhat unsatisfactory upon arrival at your ultimate destination.
Now, that's not to say it isn't fun getting there, because it is: Baker is in larky mode, the fourth Doctor no longer the implacable, alien odd-bod of old but an avuncular (lustier?) force of nature, a character mapped somewhat on to the actor's current public persona (they have, finally, become each other), and there is fine support from Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey (a figure seemingly plucked from Baker's relentless imagination by author Paul Magrs) and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates (no, we don't know what Yates is doing here, either, but Franklin provides sterling support all the same).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Baker was one of my favourite Doctor Who's. The scriptwriters obviously knew the persona well. The presence of other members of the gang really helped.Published on 16 July 2013 by MJJC
Paul Magrs writes a very good story to finish off the Demon Quest storyline. You don't find out who the protaganists are until this final episode and you'll be surprised. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2013 by jrob
As a series finale I found this a little disappointing - despite Tom's consistently brilliant portrayal and sterling work from Susan Jameson as the cantankerous Mrs Wibbsey and... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2011 by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
Fifth and final entry in the Doctor Who: Demon Quest series, a run of talking books that see Tom Baker return to the role of the Doctor. Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2011 by Paul Tapner
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