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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 January 2014
Released in 2009, this is the second part of a five part story that saw the return of Tom Baker to the role of the Fourth Doctor. It is part of a story arc, and can probably be listened to in isolation but I would advise listening to Stuff of Nightmares first. It is a single hour long episode on a single disc, with some well realised artwork on the inlay.

Following the events of Stuff of Nightmares, the Doctor and Mike Yates are trapped in the cellar at Nest Cottage for the night while the murderous menagerie of possessed taxidermical terrors roams the rest of the building. The Doctor uses the opportunity to fill Mike in on his other encounters with the Hornets. His tale takes him to Cromer in the 1930's, where the dnacer Ernestina Stubbs has an unhealthy fascination wit a pair of old ballet shoes (complete with the owners feet) in the local museum. Strange things start to happen to her after she steals the shoes, and she and the Doctor are thrown into a thrilling adventure as they come up against the museum owner, who is a lot more than she seems.

The tale is largely narrated by Baker, with a few lines from other cast members. It's more than a simple audiobook, but not quite a full production. It's an effective style and allows us to glory in Bakers orotund tones as he slips right back into the role. The story itself is pretty decent, with thrills, spills and chills along the way, with the odd moment of humour. A good listen, 4 stars.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 March 2014
Released in 2009, this is the fifth part of a five part story that saw the return of Tom Baker to the role of the Fourth Doctor. It is the final part of a 5 part sotry, tying together all the strands and you should probably listen to the other four Hornet’s Nest releases before this to get the most out of it. It is a single hour long episode on a single disc, with some well realised artwork on the inlay.

Following their night in the cellar of Nest Cottage, the Doctor and Mike Yates, now joined by the redoubtable Mrs. Wibbsey, prepare to take on the Hornets in one last desperate final confrontation. The story trips long quite nicely, using several devices and ideas from some of Baker’s classic Who stories. All the loose ends are satisfactorily tied up and it is an effective and entertaining closer to this series. I thoroughly enjoyed it, 5 stars.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 6 April 2011
So after listening to the Doctor recount his tales of horror in the cellar overnight while the re-animated objects run amok in the Nest, we finally come to the end of the tale of the horrendous hornets.

This part of the story had a good mix of both Captain Yates and the Doctor recounting the story, as it happened and in retrospect, as they both end up playing slightly different roles in the final dust-up with the hornet Queen. And who is under her influence, and who is not? We just have to get all the way to the end to find out.

A feel-good ending on Christmas Day and everyone enjoys their Christmas dinner, and Mrs Wibbsey seems to have reconciled herself to her lot, rather than spending her days looking after an 'intergalactic dilettante' - great stuff indeed.

This series is definitely worth the listen, and I can't wait for more from Tom Baker - hopefully Captain Yates will be back too; he well and truly seems to have redeemed himself from his 'breakdown' while at UNIT all those years previous.

Highly recommended, especially for all the Tom Baker fans in the world (which includes me).
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 31 March 2011
Getting better and better - this series has the tension building nicely.

I never tire of hearing Tom Baker's wonderful voice rolling out those words; and his style, and the writing is totally "Fourth Doctor".

The story this time revolves around a menacing circus and its shady denizens - can't say I've ever been particularly fond of clowns myself, and this circus is not one you'd want to run away to. With time moving backwards, as it were, or the Doctor moving backwards relative to the hornets anyway, things that were not clear in the earlier cds are now finding more answers in the later cds - and is the Doctor the instigator of all this misfortune in the first place? Have to wait and see!

Diving into the fourth cd in this series now - loving it more with each cd!
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on 9 February 2010
The series finally comes into its own when it matters most. The conclusion of the Hornet's Nest series is an exciting yarn; completely bonkers and rich in the type of language that Tom Baker lives for.
Of course, the big selling point of the series is that Tom Baker, THE Doctor, returns to the role for the first time after falling off that telescope many years ago. It was great to hear him again and , for me effortlessly, reprised the role. Richard Franklin as Mike Yates is in top form too with his possible betrayal scenes being effective. Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey stole the show though. It was fun having a companion that so negative and insulting! I hope she can be reunited with the 4th Doctor in a future story.
Paul Magrs script is barking, but the listening experience is at least memorable and there is enough cleverness and wit in there, matched by Tom's peformance, to pull it off.
I hope Tom returns again soon...
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on 19 July 2017
Good cd
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on 26 December 2012
The story is ok but the author has managed to meander just enough to leave you wondering if he forgot the story line on more than one occasion
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on 26 December 2012
The story is ok but the author has managed to meander just enough to leave you wondering if he forgot the story line on more than one occasion
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on 29 December 2009
The final installment of the 'Hornet's Nest' saga is every bit as enjoyable, exciting, macabre, and bonkers as the previous 4, and Tom Baker excels himself, with every story he has got more and more back into character, and now it's like he's never been away. This last part takes place in 'real time' as opposed to Baker relating a past adventure, and consequently there is far more audio drama than spoken narration, which is a good thing. Richard Franklin's Mike Yates finally gets a good slice of the action and comes across very endearingly and there are some welcome nods to the series past continuity such as the shrinking from 'The Invisible Enemy' and Mike's 'breakdown' when he turned traitor in the tv stories 'Invasion of the Dinosaurs' and his recovery in 'Planet of the Spiders'. I'm very pleased that Mike Yates was the companion chosen for this series as I always wanted to see what became of him and he had some good charater development.
The story itself, despite being macabre and weird is very Doctor Who and the Doctor gets some great scenes and dialogue that sound just like what his Doctor would say and the final resolution is very satisfying. To add to my enjoyment, I happened to listen to this story late on christmas day and - MINOR SPOILER - the end scene takes place on christmas day with the Doctor enjoying a mince pie and wishing everyone a 'merry christmas' which really made me smile.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the 'Hornet's Nest' series and, despite some inital worries about Tom recapturing his Doctor, I'm very pleased to say that all my concerns were unfounded, he has done a marvellous job, just hearing his wonderful voice instantly tranported me back in time to Doctor Who's glory days and re-affirmed my belief that he is easily the greatest Doctor of them all. Now that the Hornet's have been vanquished, let's hope we get some more original adventures with Tom Baker as the Doctor. PLEASE!
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on 24 March 2010
This is an interesting title for a classic Doctor. In the starring roll is Tom Baker back as the 4th Doctor, but not in a full audio drama which all Who fans would have liked. This is part drama and part audio book style narration. If you have ever had chance to listen to "Doctor Who and the Pescatons" then this is a similar thing. Even Colin Baker's 6th Doctor in "Out Of The Darkness" comes a little close to this format also. We all know that the BBC are good at making full audio drama productions, looking at Colin Baker in "Slipback" and Jon Pertwee in "Paradis of Death" and "The Ghost Of N-Space". Anyway Richard Franklin also stars as Mike Yates, Susuan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey and Daniel Hill as Percy Noggins. This story is written by Paul Magrs. It's great to see that's the Doctor Who theme is used. This series of stories grows on you and now so has this disc set. It is now bigger on the inside of the box, due to being re-issued as the complete disc set. Further stories follow this...
Big Finish have already recorded with Tom Baker for more 4th Doctor stories. Hear the new stories from early 2012. Roll on the ending Doctor Who theme tune...
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