Hornets' Nest: The Dead Shoes (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 5 Jan 2010
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... a cracking, mystifying and frankly weird tale -- Chichester Observer, October 23, 2009 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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. 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.
Those who've followed the series so far will find this adopting the format as before. A complete story in roughly seventy minutes spread over one disc, with the doctor telling mike yates about an encounter of his with the strange alien hornets. There's a short reprise of the first two parts at the start of the story that lasts roughly three minutes.
The main story here involves the doctor investigating a circus that is visiting a rural town in 1832.The quality of the performances they put on are hypnotic. literally, it would seem. The doctor investigates, teaming up with a victorian doctor called farrow who is trying to make his sister leave the place, and finds a little more than he bargained for as the truth about the hornets slowly comes out.
Whilst this does slightly have middle of a series problems in that it really only exists just to push the main plot on somewhat, it makes up for that for the most of it by being a delightfully atmospheric and absorbing listen for the most part. the script is superbly evocative and tom baker really gets his teeth into it, plus the ringmaster and doctor farrow are very strong characters and very well played by the cast members who take the roles, as they make them believable and never go over the top.
Come the last third though the pace does drop off somewhat. Still, the plot development is pretty intriguing, and it did leave me eager to find what will happen next. So I'll be back for part four
The chills are memorably supplied by the script and it all motors along with abandon.
The minuses are the same too, the script is a bit contrived, the villain not particularly convincing and the whole effect is a bit 'Tales of the Unexpected' rather than Dr Who, it's still good fun and great to hear Tom Baker chewing the scenery again.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
Most of the other reviewers have mentioned what I'd declare myself.
Simply put. This is magic. Read more
No need for an introduction Sir Tom Baker in new adventures as The Doctor. These are in a different style to say the more tradtionally dramatised stories of Big Finish's Doctor Who... Read morePublished on 11 April 2011 by Bob Marlowe
If you've either heard the first two volumes or read my other reviews you will know how good these audios are. Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2010 by Andy
This should have been a major event for old school Doctor Who fans. Tom Baker finally back in the saddle after so many years away? What's not to like? Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2010 by S Maslin
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. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2010 by Holtonr
I loved this story and can't understand why others didn't. It takes place in the early 19th Century as the Doctor follows his foes back in time. Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2010 by BlueSkiesForever