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Hornets' Nest: The Dead Shoes (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 5 Jan 2010

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Audiogo (5 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602838674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602838673
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 15.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,583,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I find it hard to understand all the negative reviews here, as someone who grew up with Tom Baker's melifluous tones as The Doctor on television, I think the opportunity to hear him reprise the role is simply irresistible. This series has been hugely enjoyable - but it's not supposed to be high theatre; the evocatice music and Baker's dulcet drawl just make me smile constantly, and the story featuring a macabre circus troupe and it's sinister ringmaster are superb. Surely the opportunity to hear a group of outstanding actors play their roles without frills and endless explosions is what audio drama is all about? And Richard Franklin, Tom Baker et al acquit themselves with aplomb - Paul Magrs' script is sharp and witty, and the endless bandying of polysyllabic words is ideally suited to Baker's style. Fun, cosy, and hugely entertaining - for me this series is going from strength to strength,
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Released in 2009, this is the second part of a five part story that saw the return of Tom Baker to the role of the Fourth Doctor. It is part of a story arc, and can probably be listened to in isolation but I would advise listening to Stuff of Nightmares first. It is a single hour long episode on a single disc, with some well realised artwork on the inlay.

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.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2009
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third in the talking books series featuring tom baker reprising the role of the fourth doctor. There's an ongoing storyline here that is slowly taking precedence so casual listeners might be better off starting with the first one "Doctor Who": Hornets' Nest: Stuff of Nightmares v. 1 (BBC Audio).

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
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The pluses of this series remain - Tom Baker attacks the role with relish and is ably supported by a decent cast (although Richard Franklin again doesn't get much to do).
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.
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Getting better and better - this series has the tension building nicely.

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!
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