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on 21 July 2006
As usual the BBC give us a superbly presented soundtrack. The quality of the product and the linking narration is superb.
The problem with the celestial toymaker lies with the story. It's a great concept - the tardis crew caught by a mysterious, fantastical being and forced to play his games - and without the episodes you can conjure up your own visuals in your mind which are possibly better than the tv ones were. There's an interesting hint that the toymaker and the doctor have met before, and that they're very powerful beings above the concerns of petty mortals.
But the story is repetitive. The first three episodes are pretty much the same plot over and over again. And that gets dull.
Things pick up a little in part four with the appearance of cyril the schoolboy, who is quite a menacing villain thanks to great work from the actor, and the ending of the tale is very nicely done. But one good episode doesn't quite make up for three tedious ones