Doctor Who Hornets' Nest 4: A Sting In The Tale Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"... great fun to listen to" (Bognor Regis Observer)
"A Sting in the Tale is probably the most alluring (not to mention probably the most rewarding) instalment of the Hornets’ Nest saga to date." (http://www.doctorwhoreviews.co.uk)
Tom Baker reprises the role of the 4th Doctor in the fourth of five thrilling brand new adventures, with Richard Franklin as Mike Yates.See all Product description
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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. Here he recounts his most recent (for him) but earliest (for the hornet’s) encounter. The TARDIS takes the Doctor back to 8th century Northumbria, in the depths of winter. The local nunnery is coming under siege night after night from a pack of crazed wolves, trying to get to the nun’s abbess. The Doctor recounts the desperate siege, and then the terrible mistake that he makes that nearly allows the Hornets to conquer him.
The first half of the tale is a well realised and described dark age setting, the second half is a desperate run around the TARDIS. Both halves are well realised and narrated, and recall those Saturday tea times of my childhood perfectly.
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 Baker’s orotund tones as he slips right back into the role. I rather enjoyed the story. In all 4 stars.
This fourth part continues to tie up some earlier storylines from the first three parts - and we finally reach the point in time where the Doctor and the hornets meet for the first time, from the hornets' perspective.
The story ends poised on a cliff edge for the fifth part, as the Doctor and Mike gather themselves together for the final confrontation. And it sounds like it's going to be a big one!
If you have heard them all then read on.
As with the last few in the series tom baker reads the bulk of the tale as narration, in the guise of the doctor telling it to mike yates. The disc runs for roughly an hour. Here he tells how the tardis visited northumbria in the middle ages during a very bleak winter and found a hornet infestation there. And how at a local abbey the nuns fought to protect their mother superior. Who is not quite like any ever before.
The narrative then takes the doctor into the tardis for a chase through the interior. and a confrontation with his foes that leads to...
the one big problem with an otherwise entertaining listen. you can see from halfway through exactly how it will end out. so it doesn't offer any surprises. A pity because the supporting cast are very good - the nuns having excellent regional accents and rula lenskas voice being very effectively modified to make her sound like a swarm leader - and both settings are very imaginative and well depicted.
Whilst tom baker really does get his teeth into this one there is perhaps a bit too much narration, and a bit more dialogue with supporting characters would have provided good breaks in the middle of it all. as good as his narration is, you need a break occasionally.
but all in all this one does offer a fair amount of entertainment, and now all the back story is out the way the series cna proceed to what should hopefully be a good wrap up.
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