The Whispering Forest (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Aug 2010
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This is the second in a trilogy featuring this line up, following on from Cobwebs (Doctor Who). Although there is a running story that follows on from that one this one almost stands on it's own and those who haven't heard cobwebs should have no trouble getting into it.
It runs for four episodes, spread over two discs, and each episode is twenty five to twenty seven minutes in length.
The story sees the TARDIS land in the middle of a forest on a strange world. The four travellers are quickly separated and soon find that humans live on the planet. In fear of strange beings called the takers. Their settlement has strange legends, and the people are obsessed with body hygiene. Danger also comes from within as an ambitious lady makes a power play. Can the Doctor survive that and find out the secret of this planet?
In many ways this ia a very typical story. The Doctor investigating a strange world and finding a leader who is unsure of themselves and also having to deal with would be leaders who don't trust him at all. The Lady who is chief of these characters - the one making the power play - can be fantastically irritating at points but some very good scenes of character do make her into a very believable villain with plausible motivations.
And the slow uncovering of what's going on here is most intriguing. The obsessive cleanliness of the humans and the fact that Turlough's hair colour spells danger for him being interesting plot points that make you desperate to find out what the truth is.
All of the characters are used well, and after spending most of cobwebs arguing it's nice that Tegan gets to do different things here.
A perfect recreation of it's era and an interesting and entertaining listen. A very strong entry in the range.
Although it does stand mostly on it's own it does end with a very good cliffhanger. The third of the trilogy The Cradle of the Snake (Doctor Who) will reveal what happens next.
A trailer for that can be found at the start of disc one.
Roughly six minutes worth of the music from the story can be found at end of that disc.
And roughly fifteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew, containing some interesting talk about the writing of this story, are at the end of disc two.
This is a really clever story; it unfolds very carefully, as the Doctor pieces together things from the perspective of the settlement and its history, and we hear the Takers at their own work far from the settlement. The ‘history’ of this world, and how these peoples’ lives have now become so distorted from their original purpose, is very interesting, and very intriguing to hear. The story itself becomes one of a clash of cultures, and a search for power. The Doctor must keep himself and his companions safe, and try to help the people of Purity Bay find a new balance in their civilisation.
I liked the elements that made up the story; the ‘Rules’, the settlement, the machinery that they have access to, the Takers, the ‘shades’. It’s all very well put together, and makes for a most intriguing story. Sue Wallace as Mertil, Paul Shelley as Jestan and Hayley Atwell as Seska particularly stand out in the great supporting cast; and it’s great to hear the whole Tardis crew back together again.
The Fifth Doctor is firing on all cylinders here; Tegan and Turlough have reached an uneasy truce, and Nyssa is as calmly knowledgeable as ever. The travelling companions arrive in the middle of a fractured community on the curiously named planet Purity; who are the ethereal `Shades' and why are they spiriting away sick and injured people? Why are the inhabitants of Purity so obsessed with hygiene and why does The Doctor's name cause such consternation and interest..?
Stephen Cole's script is terrific and the cast rise to it admirably. With excellent support from Sue Wallace as the deranged Mertil, and Four to Doomsday's Paul Shelley as the naïve Jestan, the four principals provide what must be their best performances to date, and the trilogy is nicely set up at the end of disc two when an old adversary and ancient evil rears its scaly head once more...
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