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This review is from: Doctor Who Demon Quest 4: Starfall (Audio CD)
Fourth in the Demon Quest series, which are a set of talking books that see Tom Baker reprise the role of Doctor Who.

They all are relatively stand alone but there's also a bigger story running through them and frankly you're better off listening to the whole thing in order rather than just starting here.

This is one long episode that runs for a little over seventy minutes and is complete on one cd. The only breaks being the usual cd chapter ones.

The sleeve notes give cast and writer details and some background to the story, in the form of a mock editorial in the style of those that Stan Lee would write for Marvel comics back in the 1970's.

As with the others in this series the story has narration from one of the characters mixed with full cast drama for the rest of it.

The narrator here is Buddy, who sells Pretzels from a stand in New York in 1976. His girlfriend works as literary secretary for a former film star. And then her life changes when finding a strange meteorite in the park gives her superpowers.

The career of Miss Starfall, New York's newest heroine, is about to begin.

But can the Doctor and friends find why the Time Lord is losing strength, and why there's a strange cult in familiar clothes meeting in the Dakota Building?

The narrative device takes a little getting used to, because a few false starts as to the best place to begin the story do serve to introduce all the supporting characters, but they do mean it takes a bit to get going. But once you get used to it, and it does eventually become clear why Buddy is speaking in the way he does, it becomes quite entertaining.

The three regulars for the series acquit themselves well having some well written moments - the Doctor being quite the charmer with an old flame - and there's also some neat misdirection as to the motivations of one character in particular.

But this is a chapter in something bigger, and it serves primarily to move the main story along a little more and set things up for the final part. The villain of the piece seemingly has a very convoluted scheme and there are no answers forthcoming here, just set up for the finale.

Hopefully that one Doctor Who: Demon Quest: Sepulchre v. 5 will deliver story wise. But all in all this is quite an enjoyable listen and the whole thing does work a bit better than the previous series, Hornet's Nest.
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