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Doctor Who Hornets' Nest 1: The Stuff Of Nightmares Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"Baker delivers the drama and intensity that you recognise from the Fourth Doctor of old" (Doctor Who Magazine)
"a lively mix of humour and horror" (Cambs Times)
"Tom Baker steps back into the role of the Doctor with ease, the edginess and humour he originally brought to the role are still there, while his rich vocal tones have also matured like a fine wine... Susan Jameson and Daniel Hill also provide great character support, making this tale an essential listen for any Doctor Who fan" (South Wales Argus)
Tom Baker reprises the role of the 4th Doctor in the first of five thrilling brand new adventures, with Richard Franklin as Mike Yates.See all Product description
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On the CD the Doctor is a mixture of the character as we remember him, and Tom Baker's well-cultivated persona. We therefore have a Doctor who likes a drink, and is no stranger to telling fairly long outrageous anecdotes of his adventures. But sometimes, especially when the character gets angry, the unmistakable voice of the fourth Doctor can be heard, and in those moments it is a joy to hear. The choice of Captain Yates as supporting companion is rather odd, as he never spent any on screen time with Tom's Doctor, but works well with the reminiscing themes of the story.
The audio is not a full cast drama, but rather a series of monologues with supporting voices and incidental music, halfway between an audio-book and a radio play. There are two-way conversations, but no scenes featuring more than two characters, with the audio regularly returning to narration rather than conversation. Action scenes are described, not acted out. I found it quite a refreshing change from full-cast dramatisations, but I think some may find it rather stilted. It feels like a vehicle for Tom Baker to do the type of acting that he prefers and excels at, which is possibly the reason he has returned to the role now.
The script is by Paul Magrs, the author of the excellent Whitby horror-pastiche novels such as "Never the Bride". If you like those novels, this audio will certainly appeal to you, and the lexical dexterity of the script should raise far more than the occasional smile.
The story is complex and interesting - and entertaining as well, which is one of the most important factors in any audio story. I carefully saved up this audio cd until I had all five in the series, and am listening to each one straight after the other - now on the second one, so thought I would review the first.
And it is what it purports to be - an audio story - not a full blown audio drama complete with special effects. It is a story, read as such, some as action between characters, and some as a story being told after the fact. I think the mix is good of 'live' action and recapping the story. And it is of a nature that it doesn't need too many characters involved to be effective.
Richard Franklin is great as Captain Yates - both his and Tom Baker's voices are instantly recognisable as their well-remembered selves. While Captain Yates left the original series under a bit of a professional cloud from UNIT, it is good to see that the character seems to have redeemed himself.
And it is fantastic to hear Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor - still, in this series, the Doctor from the 1970s with the floppy hat, toothy grin and long scarf. And you can hear the toothy grin in his reading of this part. It's just wonderful to be able to 'hear' his facial expressions in his great voice with the gruff growls as he gets bad-tempered, the laughing tones of his witty remarks and the lecturing tones as he tells Mike the story so far.
Totally loving it! Wouldn't it be great to have Tom Baker do more Fourth Doctor stories? Well, yes, it would.
The first part of the story read by Franklin leads us to a small country cottage where The Doctor has been living for a little while (in the time line this story falls between The Invasion of Time and The Ribos Operation) and then switches to Baker telling of the adventure that led The Doctor to this point with the ocassional interruption from Yates.
All in all this is a very good story that kept me engaged but the one complaint is that as a fan of the big finish audio productions, I felt this offering from the BBC was far too short. Running at 70minutes it was all over before it really started and would have benefited from having 2 volumes in one. But other than that, a must for doctor who audio fans!
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