Doctor Who Hornets' Nest 1: The Stuff Of Nightmares (BBC Audio) 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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There seems to be a huge backlash against this at the moment. Firstly, the BBC seem to have made a bit of a mistake in the publicity by indicating that this was going to be a full cast audio drama which people assumed would be in the same vein as Big Finish (who produce licensed Doctor Who audioplays with Doctors 5 through 8). It's not. It's closer to an Audiobook with several actors and some dramatised sections. Judging from other reviews you might think this format doesn't work. The thing is, it does. In fact I think it works very well, particularly for this story. Looking at the other reviews I believe a lot of the negative feeling is coming from people who wanted a full cast audio play and are lashing out because the BBC publicity machine made a mistake.
Secondly, this is a release that has had a ridiculous level of anticipation. Tom Baker is usually cited as the most popular Doctor. Big Finish were never able to persuade him to do something with them and most people assumed that Tom Baker would never reassume the role on audio. When news of this project came along people were understandably excited. And high expectations often lead to disappointment. Yes, he doesn't sound the same as he did in the 70's and 80's, and yes some of his dialogue is a little on the stiff side (particularly during his scenes with Mike), but not enough to ruin my enjoyment of the story and surely he can be forgiven for taking a little while to warm up to a character he hasn't played in such a long time?Read more ›
This is not to say it's not good. It's a very entertaining tale which sees the Doctor engaged in a battle against sinister stuffed animals which have mysteriously come back to life with murderous intent, and recruiting his old UNIT colleague Mike Yates to help him at his temporary home - a cottage in the English countryside which the Time Lord shares with surly housekeeper Mrs Wibsy, and his faithful dog Captain. The TARDIS is nowhere to be seen, its whereabouts unknown, but it's clear all is not well. The format for this series is largely that of an audiobook, commencing with Mike's account of how he came to be reunited with the Doctor, before the Doctor takes over and relates to Mike how these strange circumstances have arisen - this is then interspersed with dramatised sections, with support from Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibsy and Daniel Hill as Percy Noggins, a professional taxidermist harbouring a dark secret. Writer Paul Magrs is well known for his skilful blending of the surreal and the macabre in previous works, and this is no different, being both funny and horrific in equal measure at times.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Being both artistically minded and a fan of Dr Who, I heard the Hornet's Nest BBC Audio Stories for the very first time over Christmas and New Year on BBC radio 4 and found them -... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Miss E Geall
Really hackneyed writing, as if by an over excited teenager. You will wince at the lack of creativity in the writing, and the over-wrought metaphors. Read morePublished 19 months ago by reading listener
A very uninspiring production of a boring plot that has little resemblance to the Tom Baker years on television. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Glump
I feel ripped off. This is 70 mins of Mike finding the Doctor and Tom Baker filling him in up to date. Then it ends. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good news: Tom Baker is back in a new story!
Bad news: (well... not so great news) It's a Paul Magrs story. Read more
Having eagerly waited to listen to this series I was rather hoping it would be a little more of a drama than a story telling. Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2013 by S R Williams
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 occasionPublished on 26 Dec. 2012 by Deano
I enjoy radio plays and audio books, as I like to be able to relax and close my eyes and listen. As a Doctor Who fan I enjoyed this disk as with your imagination you are not tied... Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2012 by William
I bought 'The Stuff of Nightmares' despite mixed reviews because it was the return of Tom Baker...and that seemed a good enough reason! Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2010 by R. Cartwright
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