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the two maudes,
This review is from: Castle of Fear (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
A new doctor who audio play featuring Peter Davison as the Doctor and Sarah Sutton as his companion Nyssa. Running for four thirty minute long episodes over two discs this is the start of a trilogy of stories set in the village of stockbridge. And it's totally accessible to casual listeners. There are continuity references to the tv show, another audio, and the comic strip in doctor who magazine, but not picking up on them shouldn't lessen your understanding or entertainment.
The story begins in 19th century stockbridge when the tardis crew notice some oddities whilst watching the local christmas play. This leads them back to the middle ages to investigate. at the when the rather pompous lord of the local castle is returning from the crusades, only to find his castle has been taken over by demons from the stars in the meantime. The Doctor and nyssa have to assist him, but wild boars, a mercenary french knight, and the locals all combine to make sure their task isn't easy.
And then there's the creatures in the castle...
What could be a rather conventional story is in fact a delightfully entertaining listen thanks to a wonderfully sharp script. There's a lot of comedy in the first two episodes but it's written ever so well and played perfectly by the cast that it works superbly, thanks not least to guest actor jon sessions and a wonderfully deadpan straightman performance from peter davison. there's so many great puns and clever bits of worldplay that you could listen to it again and again and still find things you'd missed or forgotten.
Things do get a little more serious in the second two episodes but there are still plenty of twists and turns to come such that the story will still keep you captivated.
This is quite simply a hugely entertaining listen and well worth getting.
The end leads right into the next part of the trilogy The Eternal Summer (Doctor Who). You can find a trailer for it at the end of disc two.
There are seventeen minutes of interviews with cast and crew at the end of disc one. and the end of disc two also contains part eight of the ongoing story the three companions which is being release one episode a montn on these discs. Casual listeners will probably struggle with this one as there's no recap, but regular ones will find a good episode that brings the second part of the storyline to a close with some great doctor and brigadier moments, and promises big developments in part nine. And it will make you look forward to finding out what happens next.
All in all high quality doctor who and well worth a listen