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Doctor Who Hornets' Nest 1: The Stuff Of Nightmares (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; WW edition (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408426730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408426739
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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Tom Baker reprises the role of the 4th Doctor in the first of five thrilling brand new adventures, with Richard Franklin as Mike Yates.

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I've just finished listening to The Stuff of Nightmares and was surprised to find myself having enjoyed it! I say I was surprised because of the amount of negativity this story has been receiving both here and elsewhere on the internet. I'd actually like to address this first.

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?
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The most notable thing about 'Hornet's Nest: The Stuff of Nightmares' is that it marks Tom Baker's first return to the role of the Doctor (a cameo in 1993 charity skit 'Dimensions in Time' notwithstanding) for nearly 30 years - so not surprisingly, the release of this series of five linked new adventures is being treated as something of an 'event' by BBC Audiobooks. This, combined with the obvious anticipation from fans eager for Tom Baker to return to the fold, means that 'The Stuff of Nightmares' could only end up as something of a disappointment.

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.
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The return of Tom, for many the embodiment of everything that was best about the programme during it's 1970s heyday, is clearly the selling point for this release. Even the design of this CD cover consciously evokes memories of the merchandise of that time, and in many ways the CD follows suit, with no references to anything beyond Tom's time on the programme.

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.
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